Patelco hires two new senior vice presidents

PLEASANTON, CA (December 18, 2013) —  Patelco announced today the hire of two key roles within the $4 billion asset credit union — Jose Jimenez will serve as Patelco’s Senior Vice President of Risk Management, and Kenn Darling joins as the credit union’s new Chief Credit Officer. Both Jimenez and Darling will serve on Patelco’s Executive Team and will report to President and CEO Erin Mendez.

Jose Jimenez, Patelco’s Senior Vice President of Risk Management, will be responsible for managing Patelco’s risk profile and enterprise-wide risk management programs. He has more than 20 years of experience in audit and risk management at various financial institutions, and most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer at Grandpoint Bank.

Kenn Darling, Patelco’s Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer, will oversee lending and credit activities at the credit union. He also has more than 20 years of experience in financial services, and joins Patelco most recently from First Tech Federal Credit Union, where he was the Chief Credit Officer for the past four years.

“Jose and Kenn bring a wealth of experience with them and we are very excited they are joining our team,” said President and CEO Erin Mendez. “Strength in both lending and risk management is imperative to having a successful financial institution. With strong leadership in this and other areas, we can continue to focus on better serving our members and membership.”

About Patelco Credit Union

Founded in 1936, Patelco Credit Union ranks among the largest credit unions in the nation and is the sixth largest in California with more than $4 billion in assets and 275,000 members. Throughout its 77-year history, Patelco has helped people and their communities prosper through volunteer initiatives and personalized service that focuses on transparency, simplicity in banking, and garnering trust. Patelco is a federally insured, not-for-profit, full-service credit union that offers the same types of products and services as large banks. For more information, visit

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