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League Leadership Transition Effective March 1


Hunt Departs for America’s Credit Unions; Freeman to Serve as Interim CEO

Virginia Credit Union League President/CEO Carrie Hunt is departing the League to serve as Chief Advocacy Officer for America’s Credit Unions, effective March 1. Karima Freeman will serve as Interim CEO.

"I want to thank member credit unions for their tremendous support of the League and me personally, these past two-and-a-half years," said Carrie Hunt. "I'm excited about what the League has done in terms of focusing on advocacy, collaboration and business-forward solutions. And there's more to come! We have a wonderful team at the League that is focused solely on the needs of member credit unions. I'm excited to see the League write the next great chapter in its history."

“Carrie’s leadership enabled the League to reach new heights as the champion for Virginia-based credit unions and as a national leader in advocating for the advancement of all credit unions,” said League Chairman Joe Thomas, of NextMark Credit Union. “We appreciate Carrie’s service during the past three years in the Commonwealth, and we’re pleased that her work on behalf of credit unions will continue on the national stage.”

Freeman is a 23-year employee of the League, and currently manages membership services, working directly with credit unions on dues and other membership and affiliation issues. She also oversees the League’s accounting, human resources and information technology functions.
“Karima is a proven leader with decades-long relationships within the Virginia credit union system and a deep knowledge of the League’s operations,” said League Board Chairman Joe Thomas, CEO of NextMark Credit Union. “The League Board looks forward to working with her, in partnership with the management team and staff, as we begin a new chapter in the League’s history and as we mark our 90th year of service to Virginia’s credit unions.” 
“Each of us at the League is committed to the success of Virginia’s credit unions,” said Freeman. “I’m proud of what we accomplish through the support and engagement of our member credit unions -- as an advocate and champion; as their premier business solutions provider; and as the driving force behind collaborative initiatives that support credit unions’ growth and success.”

The League Board has engaged D. Hilton Associates Inc. to coordinate the search for a permanent successor to Hunt.

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