Jeanne D’Arc’s Mark Cochran Announces Retirement, Nationwide Search for Next CEO Launched by DDJ Myers

Lowell, MA – Mark S. Cochran, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union’s President & CEO, recently announced that he will be retiring this summer. Cochran has served as CEO for more than 16 years and was named CEO of the Year in 2022 by the Cooperative Credit Union Association. A nationwide search for Jeanne D’Arc’s next CEO has been launched by DDJ Myers, the well-known executive search and leadership development firm.

“The Board has been grateful for Mark’s leadership. He has embodied Jeanne D’Arc’s ‘Heart to Serve’ mission through his philanthropic work in the community and dedication to his employees. Over the past 16 years, Mark guided the credit union through tremendous growth, doubling the number of branches, building a new headquarters, a new Lowell branch, and establishing two additional high school branches,” says Naomi Prendergast, Board Chair.

“Serving as Jeanne D’Arc’s CEO has been an honor and a privilege,” says Cochran. “Thanks to the strength of our team and Board, I’m confident this will be a smooth and seamless transition. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next as the credit union continues to help members make smart financial choices.”

The next CEO will be charged with leading Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union into the future and setting the stage for continued growth and expansion. “In our role as facilitator, we are working very closely with the Board to thoroughly evaluate both internal and external candidates and find the best fit possible,” says Deedee Myers, PhD, Founder & CEO of DDJ Myers, an ALM First Company.

Those interested in applying for this position can learn more in the “Open Positions” section of Candidates may also submit their confidential resumes to with “Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union CEO” listed in the subject line.

About Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union

Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union was established in 1912 and is a full-service, community-based financial cooperative. Locally owned by 100,000 members with $2.1 billion in assets, Jeanne D’Arc operates eight full-service branches in Lowell, Dracut (2), Tyngsboro, Chelmsford, Methuen, and Westford, Massachusetts, and Nashua, New Hampshire; high-school branches at Lowell High, Dracut High, and Nashua High School South; a loan center in Lowell; and a mortgage center in Chelmsford. Follow Jeanne D’Arc on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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