McDermott + Bull has successfully placed Michael Knitter as Vice President of Total Rewards at SAFE Credit Union. Michael will be responsible for developing a competitive and progressive value proposition philosophy and strategy for the organization. He will collaborate with leaders across SAFE to establish consistency in compensation and benefits solutions to support the organization’s growth strategy.

Michael brings over 25 years of human resources and total rewards leadership experience. He joins SAFE from Mechanics Bank, where he was responsible for all compensation and retirement planning for the organization after its merger with Rabobank. Prior, he served in HR leadership positions with Texas Health Resources, Adventist Health, and the University of Chicago. Michael received his Master of Science in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and his Bachelor of Art in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

SAFE Credit Union has made members an integral part of its vision since 1940. Over the years, the credit union has maintained focus on what matters, putting members first. This formula has enabled the organization to grow into a leading financial institution in Northern California, with $4.5 billion in assets and about 242,000 members. SAFE is a not-for-profit, state-chartered credit union with memberships open to businesses and individuals living or working in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, Sutter, Butte, Nevada, Solano, San Joaquin, Contra Costa, Yuba, Amador, and Alameda counties. Insured by National Credit Union Administration.

This executive search was completed by McDermott + Bull President Brandon Biegenzahn, Managing Director Courtney Dorrel, and Executive Recruiter Mary Heiman.