Georgia United Credit Union adds experienced legal executive to leadership team
DULUTH, GA (September 5, 2023) — Georgia United Credit Union is pleased to announce the appointment of Janis W. Johnson as the organization’s inaugural general counsel, effective September 5, 2023.
In this role, which reports to Georgia United Chief Financial Officer Bob Bogart, Johnson is primary legal counsel and oversees the credit union’s legal and business matters. Her responsibilities include providing direct legal advice and support to the executive leadership team, business units and other support centers and advancing the interests of the credit union, its operations and most importantly, its 150,000-plus members.
Johnson is a well-regarded legal executive with extensive experience in the financial services industry, and her impressive career also includes a stint as an assistant attorney general for the state of South Carolina in the late 1990s.
Establishing in-house legal counsel is a key component of Georgia United’s growth strategy.
“Having access to immediate legal advice and Janis’ specialized expertise is a proactive risk and management tactic that will improve compliance turnarounds and streamline decision-making within the organization,” said Bogart. “And that ultimately enhances the member experience.”
Johnson’s background in employment law is crucial for Georgia United as the organization continues to explore the talent pool across state lines afforded by the still-emerging remote/hybrid work model.
Prior to joining Georgia United, Johnson was senior vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary for Amalgamated Bank, based in New York and Charlotte, N.C. She also served as associate general counsel at banking titans Truist Bank and Bank of America.
“I am honored and excited to champion the credit union movement,” said Johnson. “I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work representing Georgia United as we continue to grow and meet the business challenges of our strategic, but complex growth-minded journey to redefine the member experience.”
Johnson holds a Juris Doctorate degree as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.
About Georgia United Credit Union
Georgia United Credit Union is an award-winning financial leader and partner in education. Headquartered in Duluth, Georgia United is ranked as one of the state’s largest credit unions with $2 billion in assets and more than 150,000 members. As a full-service financial institution, Georgia United offers competitive products and services for every stage of life. Visit gucu.org to learn more.