The North Island Credit Union Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Stephen O'Connell as the credit union's new President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding John Tippets.
"We are indeed fortunate to have Stephen joining The Island Team as we move forward," Board Chair Rebecca Collier explained. "His extensive credit union experience, proven financial acumen and innovative approaches will provide the blend of practical skills and member-focused service we view as vital to the future of North Island Credit Union. Our employees will benefit as well from his ability to engage teams and inspire the highest levels of performance. Our volunteers welcome the opportunity to work with Stephen as together we write the next chapter in our legacy of serving the financial needs of our valued members."
Stephen has 18 years' financial services leadership experience, serving most recently as Chief Operating Officer at the $1.1 billion California Credit Union in Glendale, California, which serves 75,000 members through 13 branches.
As COO, he had direct oversight for all areas of the credit union where he worked closely with the Board of Directors and staff in developing strategic planning that provided measurable results by improving both internal and external service quality. He has extensive experience with market-driven delivery channels that necessitate service behaviors at the highest quality by developing and implementing new products and services in a very competitive environment.
"I am very excited to have the opportunity to serve as North Island Credit Union's new President/CEO," said O'Connell. "With this credit union's exceptional history of serving the San Diego community, I look forward to working closely with the Board of Directors and staff to continue to support our brand and grow our products while providing an exceptional level of service to our members."
Stephen is a CPA and a graduate of California State University, Northridge, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting. He is an accomplished financial services industry executive, starting as a CPA for a large global accounting firm. He spent several years in different finance roles working for a large commercial bank based in Los Angeles. O'Connell joined California Credit Union 10 years ago as Chief Financial Officer before holding the current position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
Stephen O'Connell assumes the role of President/CEO at North Island Credit Union in October.