Louisiana Credit Union League (LCUL) President/CEO Anne Cochran announced her intent to retire in 2018.
Cochran's effective retirement date is March 31, 2018, LCUL said.
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Cochran's career in the credit union movement spans more than 40 years. She has served the LCUL since 1995.
"Anne came to the Louisiana league at a critical time for our movement. The league was fighting for survival. Because of her passion, knowledge and leadership, the league has emerged as a financially sound organization and one of the most respected trade associations," said Glen Beard, LCUL board chair and board chair Alexandria (La.) Municipal Employees CU. "It has been an honor and a privilege to work side by side with such an influential force in the movement."
Cochran's tenure is highlighted by many legislative victories that advanced credit unions while attracting record contributions and fundraising activities for political advocacy. She was instrumental in developing a number of products, services and programs for credit unions in Louisiana. Under her leadership, 26 credit unions united and invested more than $2 million to create the Louisiana's CU Cooperative Branching Network.
The Louisiana Credit Union Foundation was established to provide financial assistance for statewide disaster relief efforts for credit union employees as well as professional development opportunities for small credit unions.
In 2015, Cochran was elected the first female chair of the board of directors for the World Council of Credit Unions, the leading international trade association for credit unions.
Cochran served on numerous industry-related boards and committees throughout her career. A recipient of numerous awards, she was recognized with the National Credit Union Foundation's Anchor Award in 2006 for her "strength, perseverance and leadership in helping credit unions recover from Hurricane Katrina." In 2011, she was inducted into the Louisiana Credit Union Hall of Fame.