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Credit union hires SVP of HR

August 26, 2019
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Kimetha Firpo
Kimetha Firpo. Courtesy United Federal Credit Union

A credit union in the region has named a new human resources executive.

St. Joseph-based United Federal Credit Union hired Kimetha Firpo as senior vice president of human resources, according to the organization last week.

Firpo will be responsible for providing operational and strategic leadership to the HR team for compensation and benefits, payroll operations, recruiting, employee relations, performance management, data management, training and development. 

“We are excited to welcome Kimetha to our executive leadership team,” said Terry O’Rourke, president and CEO, United Federal Credit Union.

“She is a strategic, skilled, versatile and innovative HR leader who has proven experience in attracting and retaining top talent to drive organizational growth and effectiveness, as well as developing work-life balance programs.

“Kimetha believes that culture, member experience and continuous improvement go hand in hand, so I know she will fit in here at United.”

Firpo brings to the role over 38 years of leadership and managerial experience, as well as project and change management expertise.

Previously, Firpo served as SVP of HR information systems and organizational development at MB Financial and SVP of HR at American Chartered Bank, which is now part of Fifth Third Bank.

She also served as principal consultant at Rupert & Co., VP of account management at Ceridian/Work Family Directions and VP at BMO Harris Bank.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and sociology from the University of Rochester and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

United

Founded in 1949, United Federal Credit Union has more than 174,000 member-owners worldwide and manages over $2.8 billion in assets.

United has branches in Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina and Ohio.

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