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Christopher Owen, CEO Meriwest Credit Union

updated 06/07/13 02:02 PM
Christopher Owen Served 22 Years
Christopher Owen, president and CEO of Meriwest CU, has announced his retirement plans for late summer after 22 years of service with the credit union.

Under Owen's leadership, Meriwest CU experienced significant growth, including evolving from a single-sponsor institution serving primarily IBM employees into a multi-community financial services provider.

Meriwest CU assets also quadrupled during Owen’s tenure—now exceeding $1 billion. Other notable achievements include the development of Meriwest CU's new progressive and innovative vision, the implementation of a strong, proactive, customer services-oriented corporate culture, and the introduction of several strategic initiatives.

Former Meriwest CU Executive Vice President and COO Julie Kirsch has been elected incoming President and Chief Executive Officer.

“For years, we’ve been working together to ensure that we have a strong and balanced Senior Management Team,” said Owen. “Our succession planning is developed to ensure Meriwest remains a sound, healthy institution with relevant products that meet all the financial needs of our members. I believe this mission will be carried forward under Julie’s direction.”

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