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Dennis Devine
Chief Executive Officer

Dennis works with Alliant teams and the board of directors to define a member-first strategy, establish priorities, and provide extraordinary value to members.  With decades of experience in financial services, Dennis knows the distinct advantage that Alliant can offer as a national digital credit union.  

Prior to serving as president and chief executive officer of Alliant, Dennis held senior leadership roles at KeyBank, Citizens Financial Group and PNC Bank.  Earlier in his career, Dennis was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Michigan.  

Dennis is active in the financial industry and his community, including serving as a board trustee for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and as board chair for the Alliant Foundation.

“Alliant is consistently recognized as among the industry’s best financial service providers with simple and rewarding digital banking. Our member-owned structure is a distinct advantage. Alliant colleagues are called to a higher mission:  members come first in every decision we make.  Our teams strive every day to provide the highest value and an excellent member experience.”

Timothy Wartman
Senior Vice President, Executive Officer, Investments & Asset Liability Management

Timothy is responsible for Alliant's asset and liability management, including management of its investment portfolio. He focuses on optimizing member returns while ensuring the fiscal integrity and viability of Alliant. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire with a major in management, he began his career with Merrill Lynch Capital Markets in institutional sales. During this time, he also earned an M.B.A. from DePaul University. After five years at Merrill Lynch Capital Markets, he moved on to manage investments at Alliant for 12 years. He then worked for United Airlines, managing its investments and foreign exchange, and next worked at Mid-States Federal Corporate Credit Union before returning to Alliant in 2003.

"At the credit union, I enjoy helping our members/owners earn and save money," Tim says. "And I know it's kind of corny, but I like to say working at Alliant is another day in paradise."

Lee Schafer
Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Chief Administrative Officer

Lee provides guidance and strategic focus for Alliant's initiatives and operations in terms of legal issues, compliance, regulatory management, internal audit, and human capital. He earned a B.A. in history from Willamette University and a law degree from Cornell University. He began his career with the large Chicago law firm Seyfarth Shaw, handling labor management and employee litigation. He then worked as an in-house corporate lawyer with AT&T and a lawyer and human resources leader at Baxter Healthcare. Joining Alliant in 2003, he's found that his litigation background has been invaluable in helping the credit union manage risk issues.

"I especially enjoy the human capital role of my job," Lee says. "It's satisfying to develop and inspire a work culture where employees are engaged and provide credit union members with stellar service."

Harry Zhu
Senior Vice President of Finance & Risk Management and Chief Financial Officer

Harry leads the finance function at Alliant, which includes financial planning and analysis, accounting, accounts payable, credit risk management, enterprise risk management, and asset/liability management. He is also involved in board-level governance and many cross-functional initiatives, such as project and portfolio management. He has three degrees from the University of Michigan, including a B.S.E, an M.S.E., and an M.B.A, which he earned while working at Ford Motor Company. At Ford, he was part of a rotational leadership development program. One of those rotations enabled him to work on the design and launch of the Lincoln LS and Jaguar S-type. After Ford, he joined Deloitte Consulting as a management consultant in Chicago. He then started his finance career at Sears and later transitioned to W.W. Grainger. He joined the Alliant management team in 2010.

"People call me an analytical and strategic thinker who loves numbers and processes," Harry says. "At the same time, I'm serious about promoting member and employee engagement at Alliant, and I'm gratified to see the metrics from our engagement surveys indicating that we're heading in the right direction."

Jason Osterhage
Senior Vice President of Lending and Chief Member Experience Officer

Jason leads Alliant's credit businesses, including consumer, residential, and commercial lending. He also oversees Alliant's loan trading group and directs overall credit product strategy. He graduated summa cum laude from Georgia State University with a degree in business administration. He also holds an M.S. in operations management and earned an M.B.A. from Emory University. Jason is an alumnus of Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and holds several other certificates and diplomas. Before coming to Alliant in 2012, he was chief lending executive at Delta Community Credit Union and worked at Delta Air Lines prior to that. In 2013, Credit Union Magazine included Jason in its inaugural cohort of credit union industry "Rock Stars."

"Even with Alliant's decades-long track record of success, we have so many opportunities to improve the value we provide to our members and the performance of the cooperative overall," Jason says. "I'm excited and energized by the unique challenge of pursuing those opportunities. It's a little bit like working at an 80-year-old startup. Alliant is a well-established enterprise in a regulated industry with tenured members who count on us to be a stable financial services provider. I take management's role as stewards of that heritage very seriously. At the same time, we're asking new, deep questions about how to better satisfy and engage our members and exploring new ways of solving problems they care about. Balancing Alliant's obligations with the imperative to grow and innovate is invigorating and meaningful work indeed."

Philip Salis
Senior Vice President of Member Engagement and Chief Banking Officer

Phil leads the teams for Alliant's business development, member call center, digital channels (mobile and online), deposit products, member experience, and marketing. After graduating from Hampshire College and earning an M.B.A. at Columbia University, he began his career at Chemical Bank, which evolved into J.P. Morgan Chase. He also held top management positions at American Express, Marsh & McLennan, and MetLife. 

"Alliant is a great place to work because our mission is to maximize return to our member/owners in the form of lower fees, higher rates on deposits, and lower rates on loans," Phil says. "It is quite a paradigm shift from working at a Fortune 100 company where the focus is to maximize shareholder value at the expense of the customer."

Vasanthi Sekhar
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Vasanthi leads the technology team at Alliant, partnering with leaders across the organization to develop, communicate and implement Alliant’s digital technology vision and strategy with the objective of improving member experience, modernizing our infrastructure and strengthening information security and IT risk management. Vasanthi holds an MBA in Finance and Information Systems from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kolkata and a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Economics, Math and Accounting from St. Francis’ College in India. Vasanthi comes to Alliant with a strong background in leading technology and operations teams in financial services and other industries. Most recently, she founded and headed a consulting firm focused on coaching executives on purpose-driven leadership, and leveraging technology and data to create new business models. Prior to that, Vasanthi served as Global Head of Ratings Operations at S&P Global, a provider of market intelligence to corporations, investors and universities. She also spent 22 years at General Electric, including as CIO of GE Capital Bank and CIO of GE Energy Financial Services. In her role as CIO for GE Capital Bank, Vasanthi co-led the launch of an online banking platform that won several industry awards including “The Best Savings Bank” in Money magazine and the prestigious “Webby” for excellence in online services. 

“My passion is helping people reach their potential, bringing ideas to life, breaking boundaries and activating creative cultures. All within the context of a strong mission and purpose-driven organization. And that is what attracted me to Alliant - its member-driven culture, its digital-first approach to banking, and the very engaging and smart people that work here. I’m very excited by the huge potential that digital technology and data can have, in terms of defining and driving this business.”