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Business Leader, Nonprofit Volunteer to Head the American Red Cross
Date:4/8/2008

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Gail J. McGovern, a successful business executive and proven nonprofit fundraiser, was today named President and CEO of the American Red Cross. McGovern, who held top management positions at AT&T Corporation and Fidelity Investments, has experience running large organizations in competitive industries, and a track record for improving business performance and service delivery to the public. Currently, she teaches marketing at the Harvard Business School.

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"Gail McGovern brings outstanding leadership skills from the private sector, coupled with a deep commitment to volunteerism," said Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Chairman of the Board of the Red Cross. "With a passion for our noble mission and the people we serve, Gail will ensure excellence in all areas of Red Cross service. On behalf of the entire Board of Governors, who voted unanimously to approve her selection, we warmly welcome Gail to the American Red Cross family."

"It is an honor to be asked to lead the American Red Cross, the helping hand to so many people in times of disaster and crisis," said McGovern. "I am humbled and inspired by this incredible humanitarian network of thousands of volunteers, workers, and supporters serving their neighbors in communities across our Nation and world. I look forward to joining them and am committed to the long-term growth and success of the Red Cross and its life-saving mission."

McGovern has been recognized twice by Fortune magazine as one of the most powerful and influential women in corporate America. She spent 24 years (1974-1998) at AT&T where she began as a computer programmer and rose through the ranks to the second largest job in AT&T, Executive Vice President of the Consumer Markets Division. In that position, she had direct respons
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