Gordon M. Howe was named CEO of the $2.2 billion Western FCU in Hawthorne, Calif. The former Western EVP and COO replaced long-time CEO John Bommarito, who agreed to step down and will remain with the credit union in advisory capacity until his official retirement, according to a release.

Howe's appointment was the result of a long-term succession plan to develop him as Bommarito's successor, the credit union said.

"With advancements in technology and rising member expectations, we recognize the importance of having strong continuity of leadership to support an exceptional member experience across all channels," said Chairman Lloyd Mistele. "We are confident in Gordon's vision and strategy for sustainable growth, as well as his ability to develop and inspire an exceptional team. His passion for innovation, proven leadership skills, and commitment to providing superior member service make him the perfect candidate to take Western to the next level."

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