TruWest Credit Union Promotes Chris Kearney to President and Chief Information Officer

TruWest Credit Union, based in Tempe, Arizona, announced the promotion of respected credit union leader Chris Kearney to president.

Kearney joined TruWest Credit Union in 2012 as senior vice president and chief information officer. His responsibilities expanded to include support services and strategy before his latest promotion to executive vice president in 2021.

Kearney led many of TruWest’s most important strategic initiatives, including reducing friction (streamlining internal processes to save members time and lower operating costs), fintech partnerships, and the introduction of artificial intelligence.

“Chris has proven himself to be an exceptional leader,” said CEO Alan Althouse. “His teams have a high level of engagement and deliver superior service to members and employees. Chris also has the technology expertise to lead financial innovation in this digital age.”

Kearney began his professional career at Accenture, providing consulting services to clients. He served for 10 years in several technology management positions in the credit union movement before joining TruWest Credit Union.

“It is a great honor to serve our members, employees, and the community in this new role,” he said. “We celebrate the collaborative vision of our organization to help members achieve financial wellness.”

This promotion is an essential step in TruWest’s leadership succession plan as the organization prepares for the retirement of its current CEO and distinguished credit union leader, Alan Althouse.

“After 20 years of service to TruWest, including eight as president and CEO, it is time to pass the baton to the next generation,” said Althouse. “Chris and I will work closely together over the coming year to ensure a smooth and successful transition. Upon my retirement, I have confidence in Chris’ ability to lead TruWest to even greater growth, achieved with our culture of caring for our employees, members, and community.”

Posted in Arizona, Regional Member News.