BBVA Compass taps Caleb Merriman as its chief security officer

- New hire to oversee data security

- Information security veteran joins bank's Technology and Support Services group

- Executive brings more than 20 years of experience to new role

Aug 03, 2015, 14:04 ET from BBVA Compass

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- BBVA Compass announced today that information security veteran Caleb Merriman has been named its new chief security officer.

Data security is a top priority for BBVA Compass, and Merriman has an extensive background in information risk management, security architecture, business continuity and systems disaster recovery. He will oversee the bank's information technology security, online fraud investigations, information technology risk governance, physical security, loss prevention and investigation teams, and will report to BBVA Compass Chief Information Officer Gabriel Sanchez Iniesta.

"Caleb's skills and experience complement our continued efforts to protect the confidentiality and integrity of our clients' information," Sanchez Iniesta said. "He is a great addition to our Technology and Support Services leadership team."

Merriman joins the bank from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, where he served as the chief information security officer since 2012, responsible for the company's security programs. He has more than 20 years of experience, previously holding senior information security positions in a broad range of industries, such as health insurance, retail, financial services and medical technology. He will be based in Birmingham.

Merriman earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Florida and earned a master's degree in information systems from the University of Phoenix.

About BBVA Group
BBVA Compass is a subsidiary of BBVA Compass Bancshares Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of BBVA (NYSE: BBVA) (MAD: BBVA). BBVA is a customer-centric global financial services group founded in 1857. The Group has a solid position in Spain, is the largest financial institution in Mexico and has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt region of the United States. Its diversified business is geared toward high-growth markets and relies on technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage. Corporate responsibility is at the core of its business model. BBVA fosters financial education and inclusion, and supports scientific research and culture. It operates with the highest integrity, a long-term vision and applies the best practices. The Group is present in the main sustainability indexes. More information about the BBVA Group can be found at

About BBVA Compass BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 672 branches, including 341 in Texas, 89 in Alabama, 77 in Arizona, 62 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 20 in New Mexico, and commercial and private client offices throughout the U.S. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (5th). BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the leading small business lenders by the Small Business Administration, and its mobile app recently earned the Mobile Banking Leader in Functionality Award for the second consecutive year from Javelin Strategy & Research. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at, by following @BBVACompassNews on Twitter or visiting

Editor's Note: BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank.

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