The Golden 1 CU CEO Teresa Halleck said she wasn’t looking for a new job when colleagues recommended she take a look at the $5 billion San Diego County Credit Union. SDCCU hired Halleck to replace Irene Oberbauer, who retired in February, and interim CEO Tum Vongsawad, who will return to his previous chief operating officer position after Halleck arrives Aug. 16.

“I was happy at The Golden 1,” she said of the $7.8 billion Sacramento, Calif.-based credit union. But “it’s good to keep your options open.” She isn’t familiar with San Diego, she said, but called it “one of those cities you visit for conferences and say ‘Wow, wouldn’t it be nice to live here.’”

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