Anne Cochran Named World Council’s First-Ever Female Chair at 2015 World Credit Union Conference

World Council presents new members and awards at annual general meeting

July 14, 2015

Incoming World Council Chair Anne Cochran (left) receives the chain of office from outgoing Chair Grzegorz Bierecki (right) during Tuesday's general session.

DENVER — Anne Cochran, president and CEO of the Louisiana Credit Union League (LCUL) in the United States, has been named the first female chair of World Council of Credit Unions' board of directors. Cochran, who succeeded outgoing chair Grzegorz Bierecki, president and CEO of the National Association of Co-operative Savings and Credit Unions of Poland, formally accepted the chair's chain of office during the World Credit Union Conference general session on Tuesday in Denver, USA.

"My passion for the credit union movement in the past 15 years has helped me to represent World Council in many arenas, from management certification programs to training at global conferences to working with universities in Ecuador, Moscow and Nairobi," Cochran said.

"I want to borrow a phrase from my Caribbean friends: the credit union movement is in my DNA," said incoming World Council Chairwoman Anne Cochran.

Cochran, a native of Ireland, has played a key role for nearly two decades in advancing the credit union movement at state, national and international levels. Under her leadership, LCUL attained its highest-ever affiliation ratio and has hosted delegations from developing credit unions in Africa and Russia to help strengthen their movements. She has served on several credit union organization committees, such as CUNA's World Affairs Committee. She has served for World Council in many capacities, including speaking at numerous credit union events worldwide and participating in the Global Women's Leadership Network.

"My passion for the entire credit union movement knows no bounds," said Cochran. "I pledge to you to continue to grow that passion in my new role as chair of World Council of Credit Unions."

Other newly elected World Council directors at the 2015 annual general meeting Monday afternoon included:

  • Mark Degotardi, CEO, Customer Owned Banking Association, Australia
  • Chul-sang Moon, chairman and president, National Credit Union Federation of Korea
  • Rafal Matusiak, president/CEO, National Association of Co-operative Savings & Credit Unions, Poland
  • Jaime Chaves Suarez, CEO, Federación Nacional de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Crédito Financieras, Colombia

The 2015–2016 World Council Board of Directors. From left: Daniel Burns (Canada); Patrick Jury (USA); Manfred Dasenbrock (Brazil); Yvonne Ridguard Harris (Jamaica); Doug Stoddart (Canada); Steven Stapp (USA); Anne Cochran (USA); Chul-sang Moon (Korea); Rafal Matusiak (Poland); Sylvester Kadzola (Malawi); Bruce Foulke (USA); Mark Degotardi (Australia); Jaime Chavez Suarez (Colombia). Not pictured: Brian McCrory (Ireland) or Brian Branch (USA).

World Council's 2015-2016 executive committee is as follows:

  • Chair, Anne Cochran, USA
  • First Vice Chair, Daniel Burns, Canada
  • Second Vice Chair, Patrick Jury, USA
  • Treasurer, Manfred Dasenbrock, Brazil
  • Secretary, Brian McCrory, Ireland

World Council also recognized its new member organizations at the annual general meeting:

  • Direct member: National Credit Union Federation of Korea
  • Associate members: Association of Credit Unions in the Netherlands and Dutch Association of Cooperating Credit Unions
  • Affiliate members: African Confederation of Cooperative Savings & Credit Associations and Association of Asian Confederation of Credit Unions

World Council presented Outstanding Membership Growth Awards to the following member organizations in recognition of outstanding membership growth rates in 2014:

  • Kenya Union of Savings & Credit Co-operatives Ltd. (KUSCCO) of Kenya
  • Association of British Credit Unions Limited (ABCUL) of Great Britain
  • Asociación de Instituciones Rurales de Ahorro y Crédito, Inc. (AIRAC) of the Dominican Republic

The World Credit Union Conference runs through 15 July. Follow conference activities, including daily event photos, on Facebook and Twitter using #CUinDenver2015.


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