CUNA announces expanded structure, reorganization

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 6, 2015) – CUNA President and CEO Jim Nussle announced a reorganization of his senior leadership team to streamline and unite the association to better serve the needs and interests of credit unions.

Distinctions between internal departments, and between CUNA’s Washington and Madison offices have been replaced by a unified structure and team called 1CUNA. With common goals and priorities under the new umbrella structure of 1CUNA, there is one team focused on understanding and meeting the needs of credit unions so that they can better serve their members.  The new structure will improve and streamline communication and collaboration throughout CUNA’s staff.

“With this new structure we are moving forward with a strong and forceful agenda to advance our shared vision that Americans choose credit unions as their best financial partner,” said Nussle.  “CUNA will become even more responsive to the needs of our members. To do that, we’ll continue to work on our three priorities: removing barriers, creating awareness and fostering service excellence for credit unions.”

Under CUNA’s new structure, Rich Meade will serve as Chief Operating Officer and Jill Tomalin will serve as Deputy Chief Operating Officer.  In addition, the following executives have been named to new positions:

  • Bill Hampel – Chief Policy Officer
  • Susan Newton – Chief Engagement Officer
  • Ryan Donovan – Chief Advocacy Officer
  • Todd Spiczenski – Chief Products & Services Officer
  • Brian Nelson – Chief Financial Officer
  • Susan Parisi – Chief Legal Officer
  • Richard Gose – Chief Political Officer
  • Kathy Thompson – Chief Compliance Officer

As part of this reorganization, the positions of General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Communications have been eliminated.  Eric Richard’s last day with CUNA is January 9th and Pat Keefe’s last day with CUNA is January 7th.  Nussle praised Eric Richard and Pat Keefe who served CUNA and the Credit Union system for many years.  He thanked them for their work and wished them well with their next activities. Bill Hampel will serve as interim Chief Strategic Communications Officer.

About CUNA
With its network of affiliated state credit union leagues, Credit Union National Association (CUNA) serves America’s credit unions, which are owned by 100 million consumer members. Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives providing affordable financial services to people from all walks of life. For more information about CUNA, visit or follow @CUNA on Twitter. For more information about credit unions, visit and follow @asmarterchoice on Twitter. Visit the CUNA Press Room for a full listing of media mentions, press releases and resources to stay informed on current events within the credit union industry. 

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