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Austin, TEXAS, January 2, 2020 — UFCU, Austin’s largest locally owned financial institution, has named Mike Clifford executive vice president of operations and strategy. Clifford is replacing Yung Tran, who retired at the end of 2019 after 24 years of service.
Clifford will lead the planning, development, and execution of strategies and tactics to support UFCU’s programs and objectives. In addition to his new role, Clifford will continue to serve as chief information officer.
“Ever since Mike came out of semi-retirement to lead our information technology team, he has made a tremendous impact on the culture and success of UFCU,” said UFCU President Tony Budet. “He is passionate about developing teams and individuals in meaningful endeavors, and he has helped lead many of our community initiatives that demonstrate our commitment to our Members.”
Clifford joined UFCU in 2018. He is a seasoned executive with experience at a number of national and global brands, including Dell, PepsiCo, and Taco Bell. He spent 12 years as global vice president/chief information officer with Whole Foods Market, where he was the most senior technology executive for the world’s largest organic and natural foods retailer. After leaving Whole Foods in 2012, he served as an investor, advisor, consultant, and board member to nonprofits and small businesses in the Austin area. Clifford currently serves on the boards of Goodwill of Central Texas, CASA of Travis County, and Mission Capital.
As a Member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative, UFCU is passionate about changing lives and strengthening communities. With more than 313,000 Members in Central Texas and Galveston County and assets under management exceeding $3.2 billion, UFCU offers a variety of products, services, and education programs to empower Members in achieving financial health.