Robins Financial Credit Union has announced the promotion of Christina O’Brien as the credit union’s new president and CEO. O’Brien is the first woman to serve as CEO in the credit union’s 66-year history. O’Brien will assume her new role effective July 1. O’Brien will replace John Rhea, who is retiring after 24 years with Robins Financial Credit Union, twelve of those serving as CEO.
O’Brien has been a part of the Robins Financial family for 27 years and brings a wealth of experience, dedication and leadership to the role. She began her career at the credit union, where she fell in love with banking and the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People.” O’Brien has gained valuable leadership experience in her previous roles, including consumer loan manager, vice president of risk management, and her most recent position of executive vice president, which she has served as for the past three years. O’Brien’s career exemplifies her dedication to the credit union and commitment to providing a positive member experience.
“The Board of Directors are pleased to welcome Christina into her new role,” said Barry Brown, chairman of the board at Robins Financial. “Having worked with her for so many years, her expertise reinforces our confidence for the future of Robins Financial and we know that her leadership as CEO will be a direct reflection of the credit union’s mission and values. As we bid John Rhea farewell, we would like to thank him for his years of service and leadership. We are excited for Christina to begin her new chapter and are delighted to continue working with her in Cher new role.”
O’Brien earned her bachelor of arts in management Georgia College & State University. O’Brien current serves on the United Way of Central Georgia Campaign Cabinet and the Middle Georgia State University Foundation board. She has served as a board member of the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Robins Regional Education Foundation and is a Leadership Robins Region Alumni. In 2019, O’Brien was recognized as one of Macon Magazine’s featured Women in Business.
“My entire career has been dedicated to serving the members and staff of Robins Financial Credit Union. To say I’m honored and excited for this opportunity would be an understatement. I look forward to all the future holds as we continue to do what we do best, which is serve the members of this credit union, and our communities,” said Christina O’Brien, President/CEO for Robins Financial Credit Union.
As Robins Financial’s assets have recently surpassed $3 billion, O’Brien’s appointment as CEO joins her in the ranks of a small yet esteemed group. According to the National Credit Union Administration, only 14.5% of billion-dollar credit unions in the United States are led by women.