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CUNA Announces New Chief Strategic Communications Officer
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 6:30 AM

Credit Union National Association has announced that Douglas Kiker will join the CUNA staff as chief strategic communications officer effective July 10.

CUNA Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff Rich Meade said, "I’m excited to have Douglas join the CUNA team. He will lead all of the association’s communications functions. He will be responsible for developing and implementing external and internal communications and media campaign strategies that strengthen awareness of and support for credit unions and advance CUNA’s advocacy objectives."

“Douglas’ skills as a bold leader and strategist and his deep understanding of modern communications landscape will move our association forward,” CUNA President and CEO Jim Nussle said. “I’m honored that he has accepted my invitation to join CUNA and lead our efforts to raise awareness of the credit union difference and deliver even greater value to our membership.”

Kiker will be responsible for developing and implementing media and other communications strategies to increase awareness of and support for credit unions and advance CUNA’s public policy objectives.

“I am delighted to join CUNA and to work closely with Jim and the rest of his superb team,” Kiker said. “Credit unions play a vital and integral role in our nation’s economy and in the lives of millions of Americans, and I am honored to support their mission.”

Kiker brings nearly two decades of experience and knowledge to CUNA having worked at the highest levels of both journalism and communications strategy. For the last eight years, he has worked for Kekst and Company, a leading New York-based strategic corporate communications consultancy. He has advised clients on strategic planning and communications, media training, message development and crisis communications.

Kiker’s experience also includes positions as an associate producer for both “60 Minutes” and CBS News’ political unit and as a Washington, D.C., bureau reporter for the Associated Press and Fox News.