In the wake of the global financial crisis, the need for strong leadership to steer organizations through troubled waters was never greater. Realizing this, Launi Skinner, CEO of one of Canada’s largest credit unions, First West Credit Union, made a conscious decision to develop her own leadership strategy – what she refers to as her “brand of leadership”.
Skinner discussed this strategy and more with Bill Good on “The Chief Executives”, as part of an ongoing partnership between the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University and prominent Vancouver radio station CKNW News Talk 980 to bring insight from BC’s top business leaders to the Segal Graduate School.
After deciding to leave her position as President of Starbucks USA after fifteen years with the organization, Skinner was looking for a new challenge. She spent 18 months as CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK, before arriving at First West Credit Union, where she has since overseen a period of change under her leadership that resulted in a growth in net interest income of 37.3 percent in her first year alone.
“I am quite humbled by my success, but you can only get that by having great people surround you,” she said. “I am very privileged to have had such great people help me on my journey.” Keep reading…
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