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The $1.3 billion, Van Nuys, Calif.-based Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union hired Avo Mkhitaryan as COO, effective May 18. In his new role, Mkhitaryan is responsible for overseeing branch service, sales, operations, member services, loan services, marketing and business development, while supporting the credit union’s strategic plan. He joins LAPFCU with more than 20 years of financial institution experience, having most recently served as SVP of lending and member service centers at Logix Federal Credit Union ($9 billion, Valencia, Calif.). Mkhitaryan also held several executive leadership roles in lending, operations, marketing, business development, strategy and finance. In addition, he previously served as a public official for the Glendale Unified School District, Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee in Glendale, Calif., and board member of the Glendale Youth Alliance and the Armenian American Public Service Employees’ Association. He holds an MBA from Woodbury University in Burbank, Calif., is a graduate of the Western CUNA Management School and holds a Certified Chief Executive designation from the CUES CEO Institute.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has been immersed in the credit union industry for over a decade. She first joined CU Times in 2011 as a freelance writer, and following a two-year hiatus from 2013-2015, during which time she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union), she re-joined the CU Times team full-time as managing editor. She was promoted to executive editor in 2019. In the earlier days of her career, Chilingerian focused on news and lifestyle journalism, serving as a writer and editor for numerous regional publications in Oregon, Louisiana, South Carolina and the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, she holds experience in marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space. At CU Times, she covers People and Community news, cybersecurity, fintech partnerships, marketing, workplace culture, leadership, DEI, branch strategies, digital banking and more. She currently works remotely and splits her time between Southern California and Portland, Ore.

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