Kinetic Credit Union in Columbus has gone in house for its first new chief executive officer in a quarter century.
The financial institution — long known as TIC Federal Credit Union until a name change in 2014 — said Wednesday it has selected Mark Littleton as its new leader effective Feb. 1. The selection, approved by Kinetic’s board of directors, comes with longtime President and CEO Janet Davis retiring at the end of January.
“Mark was the unanimous choice of the selection committee from a pool of highly qualified candidates,” Ron Hinze, Kinetic’s board chairman, said in a statement. “The board was impressed with his passion for Kinetic and commitment to the credit union philosophy of bettering members’ lives. Mark’s combination of servant leadership, deep credit union experience, and vision for Kinetic will ensure that our financial institution continues to thrive going forward.”
Davis, who has led the credit union for 26 years, also gave her stamp of approval to the promotion of Littleton to the critical position. He has been with the organization nearly two decades, currently serving as its vice president and chief strategy and marketing officer. He is only the fourth CEO in Kinetic’s history, which dates to 1956.
“Mark has demonstrated exceptional foresight and leadership during his time at the credit union,” she said. “I could not be more confident in his ability to move Kinetic forward in a constantly changing business environment. He is an exemplary leader with a great passion for helping our members, employees, and community. Kinetic is well poised with our financial strength and member focus for continuing growth in the future.”
Littleton, 47, is a native of the local area, having graduated from Smiths Station High School and earning a mass communications degree from Auburn University in 1993. He once was assistant general manager of the city’s former minor-league baseball team, the Columbus RedStixx, also serving as broadcaster for the team’s games for a period of time in the 1990s.
“It is a tremendous honor to be selected to serve the members, employees, and board as president and CEO,” Littleton said in a statement. “Kinetic is a progressive, member-focused credit union that is a community leader. We have a talented team of financial professionals that works hard for our members and community. I look forward to carrying on the great work started by Janet by continuing our philosophy of conservative financial management while providing members with leading edge services to help them achieve their goals and dreams.”
Kinetic was known for decades as TIC (The Infantry Center) Federal Credit Union because of its location on Fort Benning’s main post. The credit union now operates 10 locations throughout the city, which includes branches it absorbed following its merger with MEA Federal Credit Union last year.