BBVA announces new U.S. CEO

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BBVA Group announced Thursday that it had appointed Javier Rodriguez Soler as the new CEO of BBVA Compass and U.S. country manager for BBVA.

Rodriguez Soler will succeed Onur Genç, who was named BBVA's Global CEO in November. The appointment is likely to become effective at the start of the year, once the relevant authorizations have been obtained.

The future U.S. head is currently BBVA Group’s global head of strategy and M&A. He joined the bank in 2008 as a managing director for Corporate & Investment Banking.

Prior to joining BBVA, Rodriguez Soler was director of investor relations and strategy and M&A with Spanish utility Endesa, where he worked for five years. He was also an engagement manager with McKinsey, a global management consulting firm.

“Javier is the best fit for advancing the work of the bank in the U.S.,” said BBVA’s current U.S. country manager and future BBVA Group CEO Onur Genç, in a press release. “His broad range of experience, both in the U.S. and globally, will ensure that BBVA in the U.S. will continue on the path of profitable growth that is underpinned by its digital transformation efforts.”

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