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Avo Mkhitaryan Avo Mkhitaryan

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 worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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