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President and CEO, R. Stanley Barnes, to Retire

CSE Federal Credit Union President and CEO R. Stanley Barnes to Retire

(Canton, Ohio) On behalf of the CSE Federal Credit Union Board of Directors, Howard Taylor, Chairman, is announcing the retirement of R. Stanley Barnes as President and Chief Executive Officer. Barnes’ retirement will become effective January 14, 2022. 

The Chairman also announced that William Wittig, CSE’s current Chief Financial Officer has been named his successor. Wittig will become President and CEO on January 15, 2022. The decision was made after a yearlong, nationwide search was conducted by D. Hilton and Associates, the nation’s top credit union executive recruiting firm.

During Barnes’ 29 years of leadership, CSE has grown from 5,000 members to over 47,000 members and $25 million in assets to over $366 million in assets, becoming Stark County’s largest credit union. In 2020 and 2021, CSE was named Ohio’s #1 Credit Union by Forbes, and the #8 overall financial institution in the United States in 2021. Reflective of his leadership, Barnes was named Ohio’s Credit Union Professional of the Year in 2014.

With 28 years of experience in credit unions, including the last 11 as CSE’s Chief Financial Officer, Wittig brings a vast amount of experience to his new role and will continue to carry out CSE’s mission.

“We could not be more grateful for the leadership that Stan has provided during his substantial and productive tenure at CSE,” stated Taylor. “His commitment to serving our credit union, its members, and our community will certainly be missed. As we transition from Stan to Bill, we are excited to see what comes next. Bill’s understanding of the credit union industry combined with his vision and determination, leave no doubt that the future for our credit union is very bright.”

CSE Federal Credit Union is committed to helping all people within our community achieve financial strength by providing sound financial products, outstanding service, and financial education. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school or volunteers in Stark County, Ohio. CSE is Federally Insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA).



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