Navy Federal Names Retired Navy Admiral to Lead Branch Operations

Navy Federal Credit Union announced today that retired United States Navy Rear Admiral Dietrich Kuhlmann III has been hired to serve as senior vice president of the credit unions Branch Operations Division. Kuhlmann served on Active Duty for over 35 years after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1983. Kuhlmanns notable military career included multiple operational and shore tours, most recently serving as Director, Programming Division, Chief of Naval Operations Staff.

We are delighted to bring aboard such a distinguished leader to our executive management team, said Mary McDuffie, president/CEO of Navy Federal. As a retired admiral, Dietrich has a keen understanding and genuine dedication to those who serve. The knowledge he brings from personal experience, combined with his exceptional leadership skills, are vital to fulfilling our organizations mission of providing our members with the best possible experience.

Kuhlmann will lead the credit unions branch operations division, comprising roughly 4,400 team members and 329 branches worldwide. Navy Federal has plans to continue opening roughly 20 new branches per year throughout 2019 and 2020.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to serve for two years as a volunteer on the Navy Federal Board of Directors, and Im honored to now join the team as an executive leader, Kuhlmann said. I have watched the growth that stems from how much this organization stays true to its mission of always putting its members first, starting with the strong teams they have already put in place. I look forward to leading the team and continuing to build upon the growth and innovation in the branch operations division.

Kuhlmann replaces Steve Romano, who held the role for over seven years. Romano now serves as the executive vice president of digital for Navy Federal.

About Navy Federal Credit Union: Established in 1933 with only seven members, Navy Federal now has the distinct honor of serving over 8 million members globally and is the worlds largest credit union. As a member-owned and not-for-profit organization, Navy Federal always puts the financial needs of its members first. Membership is open to all Department of Defense and Coast Guard Active Duty, veterans, civilian and contractor personnel, and their families. Dedicated to its mission of service, Navy Federal employs a workforce of over 18,000 and has a global network of 329 branches. For more information about Navy Federal Credit Union, visit

Casey Pelfrey
Corporate Communications
Phone: (703) 206 – 4850
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