WASHINGTON — National Association of Federal Credit Unions head Fred Becker will retire later this year and be succeeded by Dan Berger, who is now the group's chief lobbyist.

Becker has served as NAFCU's president and chief executive since 2000, leading the group's still-pending efforts to convince Congress to raise credit unions' business lending cap. He will step down at the end of July.

"Having been at NAFCU for over a decade, I'm extremely proud of the NAFCU staff and all we've accomplished for our great industry," Becker said in a press release. "Dan is the right choice at the right time. He is a creative, strong leader respected for his integrity and can-do attitude. I'm confident he will lead NAFCU to further success and I know I am leaving the association in good hands."

Berger joined NAFCU as senior vice president of government affairs in January 2006, after having worked as vice president of government relations for America's Community Bankers and before that as chief of staff for former Rep. Katherine Harris, R-Fla. Berger will take over for Becker on July 31, the group's board of directors said Monday.

"I'm excited to take on this new role. Credit unions are the lifeblood of our nation's communities. Fred has been an unparalleled leader for NAFCU and he set a strong and steady course leading us out of the financial crisis and built an exemplary team," said Berger in the release. "I look forward to building on Fred's accomplishments and working closely with NAFCU's board, members and staff to continue to promote and advance the industry."

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