Credit Union Executive Search Firm


Executives Matched To Your Culture & Core Values


We understand the tremendous responsibility our credit union clients have in managing member deposits. For that reason, Cowen Partners delivers true hiring due diligence and proven processes that access the entire qualified market. Our credit union recruiters take a proactive approach to candidate identification that nets our clients a 100% success rate, a lightning-fast time to candidate of 38 days, and an industry-leading 1-year replacement guarantee.


Credit Union clients typically have assets between $1 billion to $15 billion. Successful placements span the entire C-Suite, CEO, COO, CFO, CTO, CLO, etc., and include VP and Director level leadership roles.

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National Credit Union Executive Search Firm


Our President and Co-Founder, Shawn Cole is a thought leader on all things CFO, has been featured in the Credit Union Times and contributes to several publications, including the Credit Union Times, CFO Dive, CFO Magazine, and SHRM’s HR Today.


Did you know that Cowen Partners conducts more credit union Chief Financial Officer searches a month than most search firms do in a year? We have a deep network of qualified credit union and financial services CFO candidates and know the market, let us get to know your organization.


The Modern Credit Union CFO


The demands of the credit union CFO, have modernized alongside the broader organization. Now more than ever, credit unions must recognize the more complex challenges presented to CFOs and diversify the areas from which they source their candidates. Credit union-specific experience, while helpful, pales in comparison to a candidate with sophisticated financial management skills and a creative, visionary approach to leadership. Finding the right candidate for the job has become increasingly difficult. A successful Credit Union CFO synthesizes old-school accounting with new-age technologies to successfully lead the credit union toward a better bottom line. Read more here The Modern Credit Union CFO


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    Credit Union Executive Search Placements

    VP Finance $1.4B Rural Credit Union

    Chief Technology Officer $1.4B Credit Union

    Chief Lending Officer $1.7B Credit Union

    Chief Financial Officer $600M Credit Union

    VP Digital Transformation $2.3B Credit Union

    Chief Financial Officer $1.7B Credit Union

    Chief Lending Officer $1.2B Credit Union

    Chief Retail Officer $8B Credit Union

    Chief Financial Officer $3B Credit Union

    Chief Information Officer $3B Credit Union



    Industries We Help


    Every industry needs talent. We connect companies with in demand candidates who are prepared to take command of leadership roles. Click the role you need below to learn more about our process for finding and placing top talent in less than 6 weeks.



    Companies Agree Our Process Works. Our Clients Have This To Say About Our Results

    You succeeded where many others failed; we are grateful for your key role in helping us hire a great candidate.

    CEO Healthcare

    I can’t believe you found someone so fast, yes we want them to start!

    CFO Bank

    I’m really impressed by all the qualified candidates, thank you so much

    SVP Chief People Officer

    I wanted to let you know we are very happy with your services, she has been great for us. Thank you for this assistance.

    CFO Credit Union

    I really appreciate your help finding someone for me and hope our paths cross again. I would definitely consider using you for a new search if I should have one. It was really easy to work with you.

    CFO Software Company

    Even after less than two months, it’s clear she is extremely well qualified and an excellent long term addition to our staff. We are very pleased to have her. Thanks for all the work you did to help make this possible.

    CEO Real Estate Company

    You are adamant in your search. I don’t think we have ever had a headhunter/recruiter so diligent on seeking out candidates as you are.

    VP HR Seafood Company

    You did what you said you’d do and I appreciate that, let me know if you ever need a reference

    CEO Specialty Pharmacy

    We have never seen this much activity from a recruiter before

    VP Talent Acquisition

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