The former VyStar executive succeeds Gerri Sexsion, who retires March 29.
The Jax Federal Credit Union board of directors announced Thursday that Joseph “Joe” Nowland has been appointed president and CEO, effective April 1.
He succeeds Gerri Sexsion, who will retire March 29 after 21 years in those positions.
Nowland's experience in credit union leadership includes member services, retail operations, business banking, risk management, strategic planning and performance management.
His 24 years of experience in the financial services industry includes positions throughout the Southeast, most recently as chief business services officer at VyStar Credit Union.
Previously, he spent most of his career in management and executive roles with First Union/Wachovia Bank on the retail and business banking side of the organization.
The board worked with DDJ Myers to conduct the national search to fill the positions.
Nowland received a bachelor's degree in communications and public relations from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas and an MBA from the University of Tennessee.
While attending college in Texas, Nowland served in the U.S. Army Reserves with the 7/6 Cavalry Attack Helicopter Unit.
Jax Federal Credit Union, established in 1935, serves more than 36,500 members across Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Baker and Nassau counties.
It operates eight branch locations and a mobile and internet banking platform, and offers access to more than 6,800 shared branching locations and nearly 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs nationwide.