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Credit Union 1 Announces President/CEO Retirement


Leslie Ellis

PHOTO: Courtesy of Credit Union 1

Anchorage, AK – October 1, 2013 – Credit Union 1’s President and CEO, Leslie Ellis will retire at the end of this year after a 30-year career at the helm. Tom Newins, longtime Credit Union 1 executive and current Chief Operating Officer, will take over as the new President/CEO.

Ellis has been the President/CEO of Credit Union 1 since 1983 after joining the credit union in 1981. “It is her insight, passion, and commitment to our values that has gotten us to where we are today,” said Board Chairman, Roger Aldrich.

“Under Leslie’s leadership, Credit Union 1 has merged several credit unions to form what is now one of the strongest credit unions in the country. Through economic ups and downs, she’s managed to grow the credit union at a steady pace in all areas. This is a true testament to her dedication, optimism and courage. She’s a true credit union leader and on behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank her for her unwavering commitment to the success of Credit Union 1,” said Aldrich.

After her retirement, Ellis will remain in a consulting position to the credit union’s board of directors.

About Credit Union 1: Credit Union 1 is an Alaskan financial cooperative with a mission to help members achieve their financial goals by focusing on excellent service and value. Founded over 60 years ago, Credit Union 1 has 14 branches, more than 72,000 members, and $850 million in assets. Anyone who lives or works in Alaska is eligible to join Credit Union 1.

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