Kent Buckham, who has held several key positions at the NCUA, has been chosen to be the first director of the agency's Office of Consumer Protection.
Since last November, Buckham has headed the agency's National Examination Team, which has been assigned to handle the examination of some of the credit union's that have been especially hard it by recession. He has worked for the agency since 1976.
Chairman Debbie Matz said that Buckham is "uniquely qualified given his track-record in setting up the very successful National Examination Team, and his outstanding management skills and stature in the agency."
The office, which will begin operating next year, will centralize the agency's consumer outreach activities into one area and would be the agency's liaison to the proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency that is currently being considered by Congress.