Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 - communikate et al
Industry leader announces retirement

After more than 12 years at the helm of leading credit union, Community CPS Australia, Chief Executive Officer Kevin Benger has announced his retirement effective from 10 February 2010.

Community CPS Chairman, Gary Green, acknowledged the outstanding contribution that Mr Benger has made in leading the organisation to become one of Australia’s most influential credit unions.

“Under Kevin’s leadership Community CPS has grown from a membership base of 80,000 and assets worth $458 million in 1998 to more than 180,000 members with assets exceeding $3 billion in 2009,” said Mr Green.

Mr Benger had also been the driving force behind the organisation’s mergers with industry peers in Western Australia and New South Wales’ Hunter Valley, making Community CPS the fourth largest credit union in Australia.

“Community CPS owes Kevin an enormous debt, for his dedication to the welfare of the entire organisation, and we respect Kevin’s decision to retire from this demanding role. The Board is pleased to announce that current Deputy CEO, Robert Keogh, has been appointed CEO from 10 February 2010 onwards.”

Mr Keogh has held the position of Deputy CEO since the formation of Community CPS in 2006. Prior to the merger he was CEO of CPS Credit Union Co-operative (ACT), which was one of the two financial institutions merging to create Community CPS Australia.

Mr Keogh said he felt honoured to be appointed as Mr Benger’s successor and would continue his legacy, strengthening Community CPS’ position in the market, delivering maximum value to members and giving back to the communities in which they operate.

“Kevin’s strategic management and leadership of more than a decade has helped create one of Australia’s leading credit unions, and it is my mission and responsibility to continue on that path,” said Mr Keogh.

Mr Benger said he had been very fortunate to have been part of the Credit Union’s growth over the years and to have worked with a highly committed team.

“It has been an honour to undertake the role of CEO for twelve years, and a journey I thoroughly enjoyed. I am now looking forward to spending more time with my family, who have supported me throughout my career, and often made sacrifices for me,” said Mr Benger.

“Robert and I have worked together closely during the past five years, and he will be an outstanding leader, taking Community CPS through the next decade,” said Mr Benger.

Mr Keogh will relocate from Canberra to Adelaide to take the position of CEO on 10 February 2010.

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Community CPS Australia is one of the country’s leading credit unions. With more than 170,000 members, Community CPS employs 530 staff across branches in South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and regional New South Wales, and operates as United Community in Western Australia. The credit union has $2.6 billion worth of assets under management. For more information visit www.communitycps.com.au


After 12 successful years at the credit union's helm, Community CPS CEO Kevin Benger is handing over the reigns to current Deputy CEO, Robert Keogh, on 10 February 2010.


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