Gary Plank Steps Up as WOCCU's New Board Chairman
(Rome, Italy) - The World Council of Credit
Inc. (WOCCU) announces the appointment of Gary
Plank as its board chairman. Plank, CEO of the
Arizona Credit Union League, begins a two-year
term of office after being sworn in at WOCCU's
2005 World Credit Union Conference in Rome,
Italy. He was previously 1st vice chairman, from
2003-2005. He joined the board in 1997.
Plank is a credit union veteran, having
the movement in many different roles. He was CEO
of the Minnesota League of Credit Unions from
1983-1996 and has held various positions at the
Iowa Credit Union League, culminating in the post
of executive vice president. From 1971-1973 he
was the managing director of the South Dakota
Credit Union League. He has also been active as a
member of the CUNA executive committee and the
CUNA board of directors.
As chairman, Plank will oversee WOCCU's
to provide quality credit unions for everyone.
He will travel
inhabited continents to promote financial
services for those who are forgotten by larger
banks and savings institutions. He will work on
issues of good governance as well, and help
fledgling credit unions lobby for protective
legislation guaranteeing members' savings. Plank
said he was "excited and honored to serve
WOCCU in this new capacity."
World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.
World Council has implemented more than 290 technical assistance programs in 71 countries. Worldwide, 56,000 credit unions in 101 countries serve 200 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.