Navigant Credit Union adds Senior Manager to lead Lending Operations

SMITHFIELD, RI (February 10, 2017) — Navigant Credit Union has named Brian A. Azar the Credit Union’s new Senior Vice President / Chief Lending Officer

Azar joins Navigant Credit Union with more than 30 years of industry experience at various financial institutions. Throughout his career, he has provided exemplary executive leadership while managing loan portfolios as large as $1.5 billion. More recently, Azar served as Region President with Sovereign/Santander in Providence.

In his new role at Navigant Credit Union, Azar will be responsible for overseeing the Credit Union’s lending operations across its 15 Rhode Island branches. He will also serve on the Credit Union’s senior management team.

“Brian is a highly skilled, deeply committed professional with years of invaluable industry experience. We are fortunate to welcome Brian to our senior management team at Navigant Credit Union,” said Navigant Credit Union President and CEO, Gary E. Furtado. “We look forward to his leadership and direction as we continue to grow, serve our communities, and help our members achieve their financial dreams.”

Azar graduated from Bryant University with a B.A. in Business Administration. He currently resides in Lincoln, RI , where he has served on numerous boards including the Northern RI Chamber of Commerce, The Visiting Nurse Services Foundation, The Central Falls Community Center, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Providence, and the Saint Basil’s Parish Council.

About Navigant Credit Union

Based in Smithfield, R.I., Navigant Credit Union is Rhode Island's oldest credit union. Navigant Credit Union has provided its members with unparalleled financial products and services, as well as community support, for over 107 years. With more than $3 billion in assets, more than 125,000 members and 23 branches, Navigant Credit Union supports its members through access to products and services, conservative financial management and commitment to the communities where we operate. Navigant Credit Union has been named Rhode Island’s Best Place to Work by Providence Business News for six consecutive years, and was rated the state’s top credit union by the Providence Journal for four consecutive years. Visit to learn more.


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