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Gerrianne "Winky" Burks began her career as a teller in 1971.

Gerrianne “Winky” Burks said Monday she plans to retire at the end of next years after 40 years with Northwest Federal Credit Union in Herndon, Va., her last five as its CEO.

Her retirement from the $2.1 billion, 108,000-member Northwest CU, the credit union said, has been part of a transition plan and caps a career that Burks began as a teller in 1971. She also has been human resources manager, vice president of member services and chief operating officer before becoming president/CEO in 2008, succeeding Juri Valdov.

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