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 over one billion dollars and successful placements span the entire C-Suite, CEO, COO, CFO, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Lending Officer, etc., and include VP and Director level strategic leadership roles.

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      National Credit Union Executive Search Firm



      Credit union leaders must adapt to a new era in which members expect more from their credit unions. They must be prepared for this changing landscape and the challenges that come with it.


      While navigating in an increasingly complex regulatory environment, credit union leaders also need to find the right ways to engage their members and grow their institutions’ membership bases.


      Achieving these objectives will require strategic thinking and vibrant leadership skills that can keep pace with the changes occurring in today’s market. It’s clear that credit unions need new tools, strategies, and tactics to be successful.

      The Evolution of Credit Unions Post-Pandemic

      Credit unions are prioritizing their purpose in the post-pandemic era. As the world continues to emerge from the global fallout of COVID-19, credit unions are increasingly focusing beyond simple financial services.


      Successful credit unions will position themselves as trusted financial partners and community leaders. This will require them to evolve their business models beyond traditional products such as checking accounts, savings accounts, and loans.


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        Credit Union Executive Search Placements

        VP Finance $1.4B Rural Credit Union

        Chief Technology Officer $1.4B Credit Union

        Compliance Officer $1.2B Credit Union

        Chief Lending Officer $1.7B Credit Union

        Chief Financial Officer $600M Credit Union

        VP Digital Transformation $2.3B Credit Union

        Chief Marketing Officer $5B Credit Union

        Chief Financial Officer $1.7B Credit Union

        Chief Lending Officer $1.2B Credit Union

        VP Marketing $3B Credit Union

        Chief Retail Officer $8B Credit Union

        Chief Financial Officer $3B Credit Union

        Chief Information Officer $3B Credit Union

        Chief People Officer $2B Credit Union

        8 Attributes of a Great Credit Union CEO

        It takes an exceptional person to lead an institution that truly belongs to its members.

        What makes a great credit union CEO? The answer is not as simple as you might think – it’s not just about having the right skill set or experience. As with any business, a CEO has to have the necessary technical expertise and understanding of the business at hand. But beyond that, what really sets them apart from their peers is another matter.

        It takes an exceptional person to lead an institution that truly belongs to its members. A great credit union CEO is someone who understands that their role is not to impose their vision on an organization, but rather to solicit input from the various stakeholders within the organization and empower key players to lead in their own areas.




        The Modern Credit Union CFO

        A successful CFO candidate synthesizes old-school accounting with new-age technologies to successfully lead the CU toward a better bottom line.

        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 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




        Is a Chief Growth Officer Right for Your Credit Union?

        Before appointing a CGO, a credit union must identify what it wants them to achieve and expects them to oversee.

        Credit unions often find it challenging to grow their organization past a certain market, size or member base. Sometimes, restrictions on joining the credit union limit their opportunities, but other times, the lack of growth is due to poor strategy.

        Many organizations turn to their chief marketing officer to obtain new members and increase deposits. However, some organizations prefer a more comprehensive approach to business growth and turn to a chief growth officer (CGO). But what are this role’s responsibilities, and is a CGO the right choice for your credit union?



        National Financial Services Executive Search Firm | How We Help



        Our hands-on financial services executive recruiters have extensive experience working with credit unions nationally. Clients typically have assets over one billion dollars. Successful placements span the entire C-Suite – CEOChief Operating OfficerChief Financial Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Lending Officer, and include vice presidentgeneral counsel, directors of the board, and other director-level leadership roles.


        Learn how we deliver top talent, no matter the need, with our industry-leading research and resources. Discover the strategy that made Cowen Partners the top retained executive search firm in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, Anchorage, Dallas, Los Angeles, and beyond.

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        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.



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

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