Iowa Credit Union League COO, Jim Niederhauser, Announces Retirement

Jim NiederhauserDes Moines, Iowa – Iowa Credit Union League (ICUL) today announced that Chief Operating Officer, Jim Niederhauser, will retire from his role effective July 1, 2020. Niederhauser’s successor will be named later this month.

Niederhauser has served as COO of ICUL, the Iowa trade association for credit unions, since 2018. Niederhauser has served ICUL in various other capacities, including as Vice President, for a total of 25 years. His 37-year tenure of accomplished service to the credit union movement also includes 12 years as CEO of The Principal Financial Group Employee’s Credit Union (now Premier Credit Union).

In his role, Niederhauser provides oversight to ICUL operations and member service offerings, leads ICUL strategic partner relationships, provides consulting and professional development to Iowa credit unions and strategic direction to the Iowa Credit Union Foundation and the Stabilization Fund.

“Jim has been a tireless advocate for Iowa’s credit unions and the cooperative movement,” said Murray Williams, President & CEO of ICUL “Through his time with ICUL, he has built strong and lasting relationships, grown the impact of the Iowa Credit Union Foundation, and has ensured we are providing needed, relevant and impactful services to our membership. Jim’s influence on Iowa credit unions will be evident for years to come.”

First joining ICUL in 1983, Niederhauser has been a part of transformational change within the credit union system. In 1994, Niederhauser became CEO for The Principal Financial Group Employee’s Credit Union, now known as Premier Credit Union, and led the credit union through a period of tremendous growth. During that time he also involved himself in League leadership activities, including service to the ICUL Stabilization Fund, Iowa Council of Credit Union Executives Society, PolicyWorks Board and ICUL Business Growth and Development Council. Jim received the ICUL Cooperative Spirit Award in 2000.

“I am so grateful for being afforded the opportunity to serve this wonderful credit union community,” said Niederhauser. “It has been an incredible journey and I want to thank credit union leaders past and present for their support, influence and friendship.”

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