Zeal Credit Union announces new CEO transition to position organization for next phase of growth.


Julie Kreinbring has been chosen to succeed Anthony Carnarvon as President/CEO, bringing design thinking, innovation and significant executive and leadership experience to the role.

Zeal Credit Union, a leader in banking and financial business, announced today the appointment of Julie Kreinbring as President/Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Kreinbring succeeds long-time CEO Anthony Carnarvon. Julie has a successful track record of organizational growth and development with over 25 years of leadership experience, most recently as the Executive Vice President/Chief Strategy Officer of Zeal. Immediately prior to joining ZEAL, Julie was instrumental in jump-starting growth in digital audiences as well as driving a successful merger of equals creating the largest Catholic Credit Union in the State as the Executive Vice President of ACCU where she oversaw operations of $450 Million

Julie Kreinbring

In addition to Kreinbring’s extensive financial institution background, she is currently on the board of Member Student Lending LLC (CUSO) and on the board of trustees for NISCUE.  She has served as a Director of St. Vincent DePaul, Advisory Director for the University of Detroit Mercy Career Center, CU Wallet, and is currently on the board of the Downriver & Metro West Chapter of Credit Unions.

A resident of the metro Detroit area, Kreinbring holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems from CMU, a BBA in Accounting from Davenport University. She also holds GIAC certification in Information Security, CUES Innovation Expert certificates from MIT & Stanford, CUES CEO certification from The Wharton School, Cornell University and University of Virginia Darden, and Mergers & Acquisition certification from Pritchett, LP. Kreinbring most recently acquired Certification in Design Thinking from Design Thinking Academy in Amsterdam.

 “Julie is an exceptional leader and strategist, passionate about our mission, committed to our principles and values, and knows how to build and lead a large successful organization and team.” “Her ability to inspire, empower and connect with our employees, partners and members is exactly what Zeal needs”, said Michael O’Hehir, Chairman of the Board.

“I am honored and excited to lead Zeal Credit Union into its next phase of growth and innovation” said Julie Kreinbring. “We have an organization of truly talented and amazing people and I am very grateful for the commitment and hard work of all.  Their passion for creating a culture of empathy and support is inspiring. The opportunities that lie ahead for us are considerable and I am excited to navigate this next chapter for Zeal Credit Union. “

Zeal Credit Union is a full-service, non-profit financial institution. Founded in 1954, it has 13 full-service locations throughout Metro Detroit. Assets exceed $600 million with more than 65,000 members who are all shareholders of the credit union. Zeal Credit Union has received ratings that indicate it is among the safest credit unions in the nation. The company has been rated as a five-star institution by Bauer Financial which is the highest rating they offer. Zeal has also been awarded a SUPERIOR financial rating by IDC Financial Publishing, Inc. 

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