New, Diverse Leadership for the Nation's Largest Membership Organization - AARP
Barry Rand has been selected by the AARP Board of Directors to be the next CEO of AARP, a membership organization of over 40 million people age 50 and older, half of whom remain actively employed. AARP's mission is to enhance the quality of life for all as we age.
The nation's largest membership organization, AARP has named A. Barry Rand to become CEO in early April succeeding Bill Novelli, who has held the position for eight years. Rand, known for being a catalyst for social change and inclusion in the workplace, will be the first African-American to lead the organization.
Rand, who serves as the volunteer chairman of the Board of Trustees at Howard University, is most recognized for his 30-year career at Xerox, where he rose from a sales representative to executive vice president for Worldwide Operations. More importantly, Rand's tenure at Xerox is highlighted by his work to ensure minorities and women had every opportunity for advancement at the company. Under Rand's leadership, Xerox became the most diverse company in the Fortune 500. Further, when Rand left Xerox in 1999 to become chairman and CEO of Avis, he became one of the first African-Americans to achieve such a position in the Fortune 500.
"Barry Rand's record of achievement and continued drive for inclusion fits perfectly with our mission at AARP," said Bonnie Cramer, AARP Board chair. "For more than 50 years AARP has fought for those who could not fight, we have given a voice to those who needed help, but could not be heard. Over his career so has Barry and we are extremely excited to have him join us; we know his passion and leadership will result in continued success for AARP."
Rand adds, "AARP and I have long shared the belief that health care and long-term financial security should be the goals of this nation - goals we all have an obligation to help achieve: from government to corporate America to the individual. From ensuring inclusion in the workplace to ensuring equal opportunities for higher education, I have always embraced seemingly insurmountable challenges. AARP, with its mission, regularly does the same and I'm excited to be leading that effort now."
Rand will officially take over as CEO on April 6th; Rand and current CEO Bill Novelli will work together to ensure a seamless transition - a critical issue because of the many initiatives ongoing both in Washington and in the states.
Rand concludes, "AARP's resources are immense, but so are the goals that it seeks to achieve. The fight will not be easy, but if I've learned one thing in my career, it's that nothing worthwhile ever is.