MARLBOROUGH, Mass.– Bernie Winnie, president and CEO of Firefighters Credit Union in Boston, has agreed to become interim CEO of the Cooperative Credit Union
Association, in addition to overseeing his credit union.
Winnie fills the void created when Sarah Vega, chief of staff to NCUA Chairman J. Mark McWatters, initially accepted the position and then changed her mind. The vacancy in the position was originally created by the departure of former CEO Paul Gentile, who left to become president/CEO of Merck Employees FCU in Rahway, N.J.
Winne, who has 35 years’ experience in credit union and is a CCUA board member, was appointed to the interim position by the association’s board at a recent executive meeting, the CCUA said.
"Bernie's leadership ensures the smooth continuity of all the programs and services that the Association delivers to its members each and every day," said CCUA Board Chair Ellen Ford in a statement published by the CCUA. "The board is grateful to Bernie for agreeing to devote his time and expertise to support the Association, its members and staff as interim CEO."
In the same statement, Winne said, "I'm both thrilled and honored to support the team at CCUA in their ongoing commitment to deliver both value and service to the Association's many members. I'm also grateful to the board of directors at BFCU and my management team for supporting me as I endeavor to give my best efforts to both organizations that I greatly value."
A new search has been launched by the Cooperative CU Association and is being led by Mark Sievewright.