OTIS Federal Credit Union appoints Chris Bouchard as CEO – Daily Bulldog
JAY – OTIS Federal Credit Union announced that Chris Bouchard has been hired as its new President/CEO effective June 13, 2022. He succeeds Roland Poirier, who served as interim President/CEO since December 2021. Bouchard will lead OTIS Federal Credit Union in its continuing goal to provide its members with excellent personal service and to serve the local community.
Commenting on the leadership change, Poirier said, “We are grateful to have Chris on board at OTIS Federal Credit Union. His extensive financial experience will be a great asset, and I look forward to the future of the Caisse Populaire under this new leadership.
Bouchard comes to OTIS from Dirigo Federal Credit Union, where he served as chief operating officer. Bouchard’s qualifications include senior positions in investment firms as well as banking institutions, where he led strategic initiatives and processes in different areas, ranging from contact centers to deposit and lending operations. His more than 20 years of proven experience in successfully managing business operations and initiatives along with his bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from the University of Maine made him an ideal candidate for the position of CEO.
The interview process for the CEO position was very competitive; however, Bouchard’s qualifications and character stood out to the board as an excellent candidate for OTIS FCU. Duane Lake, Chairman of the Board, said of Bouchard’s hiring, “Chris not only met but exceeded what we were looking for. We found his experience in financial operations and his history of successful leadership impressive, and his involvement in the community and desire to help others truly represented the qualities that OTIS Federal Credit Union has always stood for.
Bouchard was honored to accept the position and said, “Having worked in the financial services industry for my entire career, I have grown to have a strong appreciation for service and commitment. As a permanent resident of Maine and a member of a credit union, I understand the important role credit unions play in meeting the financial needs of our members and making a strong commitment to the communities in which we serve. Speaking directly to OTIS members, he then said, “The future is bright for OTIS FCU. We look forward to building lasting relationships with you…providing you with the products and services you need to continue your journey, with the exceptional service you know and expect from OTIS.
Bouchard is passionate about youth development. In his spare time, Bouchard volunteers as vice president of Auburn Suburban Baseball and Softball, where he is also manager of minor division baseball. He also volunteers with the Special Olympics of Maine and is a member of the Maine Credit Union League Audit and Finance Committee. He currently resides in Auburn with his wife and three sons.