Members First Credit Union CEO to retire in September

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Jun. 23—Members First Credit Union president CEO Bruce Leighton plans to retire in September, the company announced this week.

"The Members First Board is grateful for Bruce's years of service to the credit union. His integrity, leadership, and dedication have been instrumental in our growth," said Paul Beaudoin, chairman of the board, in a statement.

Leighton joined Members First in 2012 as chief financial officer and took on the role of president and CEO in 2013. One of his first major accomplishments was divesting the credit union of its Franklin branch in 2014.

Two years later, Leighton oversaw Members First's expansion into Bedford and the building of the branch there. In 2021, Leighton cut the ribbon to open the new main office located at 7 Salmon St. in Manchester.

For decades, membership to the credit union was offered to people living in the Manchester area, but in 2019, Leighton led the efforts to expand Members First's charter to serve all of New Hampshire.

Membership is now open to anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in the Granite State.

Leighton has served as chairman of the board for the NH Jump$tart Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to providing financial education to students throughout New Hampshire.