Calling his experience at First Technology Federal Credit Union “a terrific couple of years,” Benson Porter, the newly designated president/CEO of $9.7 billion BECU, said Tuesday the chance to return to his native Seattle and join “a vibrant organization like BECU” was a major factor in his decision to leave the $5 billion Palo Alto, Calif.-based CU, effective next April.

Porter, who served as the architect of a carefully choreographed 2010 mega merger of California’s Addison Avenue FCU, Palo Alto, Calif., and First Tech of Beaverton, Ore., told Credit Union Times the opportunity to move home represented a “once-in-a-lifetime chance to lead a larger organization with the quality, culture and community impact” of BECU.

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