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WOCCUS Pete Crear to retire
MADISON, Wis. (4/28/11)--Pete Crear, president/CEO of the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) since June 2005, has announced that he will retire from that post soon after WOCCU’s World Credit Union Conference in Glasgow, Scotland in July. “When I first began as a junior auditor with the Michigan Credit
Click to view larger image WOCCU President/CEO Pete Crear (shown here addressing an earlier conference) announced his upcoming retirement today, effective August.

Union League in 1965,” Crear noted in his departure statement, “I had no idea that I would one day find myself here” in the top position at WOCCU. “I am honored at the faith the board has shown in me over the years and humbled by the good work that we have been able to do as part of WOCCU’s mission of service.” His retirement is effective in August. WOCCU Chair Barry Jolette, who is also president/CEO of San Mateo CU in Redwood City, Calif., said the WOCCU board will immediately begin a search for its next president/CEO, though, he added, “We’ll never replace Pete…” Credit Union National Association resident/CEO Ill Cheney commended Crear on his time at WOCCU and said, “I have had the opportunity to work with Pete on a variety of projects for WOCCU over the years. I have found his leadership skills, insight, charm and encyclopedic knowledge of the movement to be the perfect mix for his role as president and CEO of the global credit union association. "He developed all of those qualities in a career spent bringing cooperative financial services to those who need them most--locally as a league president, nationally at CUNA, and internationally as WOCCU’s chief executive. It will be a challenge to replace him--and just as much of a challenge to imagine our movement without him.” WOCCU said in its release that during Crear’s tenure the organization has significantly expanded membership, as well as an increased influence in credit union development worldwide. WOCCU also launched development programs in Ethiopia, Haiti, Peru and other countries, as well as seeing its development program in Afghanistan grow significantly. Among many other innovations and accomplishments under Crear, WOCCU convened its first technical congresses to train credit union managers in Africa, Latin America and the South Pacific. WOCCU also launched the European Network of Credit Unions, the International Credit Union Regulators Network and the Global Women’s Leadership Network, a peer-to-peer and educational network that brings together women credit union leaders from both developed and developing countries. During his time at WOCCU, Crear was honored both nationally and internationally for his work to help strengthen the credit union system throughout the world. Prior to joining WOCCU, Crear was with the Credit Union National Association and served in the association’s Madison, Wis., office as executive vice president of external relations and, before that, executive vice president and chief operating officer responsible for daily operations. He also served in top leadership positions at the Indiana, Connecticut and Michigan credit union leagues. A special ceremony and other events honoring Crear’s achievements at WOCCU will be held at the World Credit Union Conference in Glasgow. Use the resource link for more information and to register.
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