Manchester, New Hampshire-based Bellwether Community Credit Union has announced its succession plan.

The organization said last week that Nathan Saller will take the helm of the credit union when longtime president and CEO Michael L’Ecuyer retires in October.

Saller joined Bellwether in 1997 in a marketing role, then led the company’s retail banking and call center teams and later was placed in charge of corporate strategy. He was named COO in January 2017 and executive vice president in May 2018.

Saller has overseen significant growth in the organization. Over the course of his 20-year tenure, he has been influential in growing Bellwether’s membership from 10,000 to over 36,000 members.

“Bellwether is an absolutely incredible organization,” Saller said in a statement. “We have amazing people, a strong commitment to delivering extraordinary service and tangible value to our members, and a history of impact on the communities we serve. I look forward to building on this strong foundation to further extend our positive impact on our members and the community.”

In addition to working at Bellwether, Saller is currently vice chairman on the board of directors for the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, a member of the board of advisers for StayWorkPlayNH and also as chairman of the marketing committee for America’s Credit Union Museum in Manchester. Prior to joining Bellwether, Saller began his career at Ford Motor Credit Co.

“It was really important for us to find the right candidate, one who was committed to the values of the organization, and who at the same time possessed the industry knowledge necessary to create an incredible experience for our employees and members,” John Gennetti, chairman of Bellwether’s board of directors, said in a statement. “We were thrilled that we were able to choose a strong internal candidate whose experience and desire to do what’s right for all constituents makes him the perfect person to take the helm.”

“I am thrilled with the board’s selection of Nathan,” added L’Ecuyer. “The service and value he brings to our members is immeasurable, and he is well respected by his colleagues and in the communities Bellwether serves. I look forward to working with him during the transition period and then watching him continue to forge his own legacy as a business and community leader.”

L’Ecuyer came to Bellwether in 1998. Since he became president and CEO in November 2001, the credit union has grown from $197 million to more $500 million in assets and more than doubled its workforce.

Bellwether Community Credit Union Announces Succession Plan

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