WASHINGTON (9/19/11)--National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) President/CEO Paul Hazen announced on Friday that he would soon end his quarter-century tenure at NCBA—twelve years of which have been spent leading of the association—and resign in 2012. Hazen said that after 25 years with NCBA, he believes it is time for the organization to have new leadership. Hazen said in a release that he has enjoyed his work for NCBA and the cooperative movement, and has found the greatest benefit to that work has been getting to know the people of the cooperative movement and their stories. “I have learned that cooperators all over the world -- whether in the U.S., Brazil, or in Zambia -- are all united because of the same cooperative principles and values. That is our greatest strength,” Hazen said. Hazen is expected to leave his position in early 2012, but he will stay on until a replacement is found. The NCBA’s board of directors will lead the search for his replacement. Hazen said he hopes to “remain active in the cooperative movement.” Credit Union National Association (CUNA) President/CEO Bill Cheney said Friday that CUNA “appreciated Paul’s willingness and ability to marshal the larger cooperative community in support of credit unions when needed, whether it was co-op participation in our successful fight to enact the Credit Union Membership Access Act in 1998 or, more recently, our advocacy for legislation to raise the statutory cap that limits credit unions’ small business lending.” “Paul’s passion for co-ops and his belief in the positive benefits they confer on society are an inspiration to us all, and we at CUNA thank him for his service at NCBA and wish him the very best in the next stage of his career,” Cheney added.