A MESSAGE TO YOU FROM THE AARP PRESIDEN T
; It’s my pleasure, on behalf of the
Board, to introduce you to AARP’s new
Chief Executive Officer, A. Barry Rand:
a warm, engaging, accomplished
professional. He’s also a born leader—
even in high school he was captain of
the football and basketball teams. His
parents taught him that no matter
what he achieved in life, he was obligated to give back to his community.
That passion will help him strike the
important balance between addressing critical social challenges and
providing great value and relevance to
AARP’s 40 million members.
Barry’s professional résumé alone
would qualify him to lead the country’s
largest membership organization:
in 31 years with Xerox (starting as a
sales trainee), he worked his way up to
Executive Vice President, Worldwide
Operations, overseeing 70,000 employees in more than 150 countries.
His work was instrumental in Xerox’s
twice winning the coveted Malcolm
A Delicate Balance
RAND-NEW Jennie Chin Hansen and Barry Rand.
also understands that not
all our members look to us
solely for social action.
They want member value—
the discounts, programs,
and publications that bring
members back to AARP
year after year.
“Our members know how
they want to live and how
they might want to make
a difference,” Barry says.
“We want an organization
that they can relate to.
This is a rock-solid organiza-
tion. But we can be like
the Olympic athlete:
reach higher, be stronger,
As for me, and everyone
else here at AARP, both staff and
volunteers, we can’t wait to work with
Barry to collectively advance our im-
—Jennie Chin Hansen, President
for the 21st
How will we provide long-
term health care and
economic security for all? 1
How will we ensure dignity
and independence as
we—as a country—age? 2
Baldridge National Quality Award in
the United States—the ultimate recognition of corporate excellence.
Not only does Barry know how to run
an organization; he also knows how to
bring out the best in people. His work
recruiting more women and minori-ties into Xerox and making sure they
had opportunities for appropriate
advancement has become a model
throughout American industry.
As I’ve gotten to know Barry, it’s
clear there’s also something very special about him as a person. He understands that, on the social side, longer
life spans will change the meaning
of aging. People will work longer and
maintain their health and well-being
for more years. But longer life spans
can mean that more people will need
help and support, too. Barry knows
this firsthand: his own father spent
the last eight years of his life at home
with Barry and his wife, Donna.
“We have to think of this as an opportunity to redefine what it means
to age well in America,” says Barry. He
PRESIDEN T Jennie Chin Hansen
PRESIDEN T-ELEC T W. Lee Hammond
BOARD CHAIR Bonnie M. Cramer
BOARD VICE-CHAIR F. John Zarlengo
SECRETARY/ TREASURER Robert Romasco
CLASS OF 2010 Yash Aggarwal, Cora L.
Christian, Bonnie M. Cramer, Joanne
Handy, Richard Johnson, N. Joyce Payne,
Thomas “Byron” Thames
CLASS OF 2012 Leobardo Estrada, William
J. Hall, Mara Mayor, Maeona Mendelson,
Robert Romasco, George Rowan, F. John
CLASS OF 2014 Gail E. Aldrich, Allen Douma,
A. James Forbes Jr., Hubert H. Humphrey
III, Jacob Lozada, J. David Nelson, Charles
How will we use our
knowledge and experience
to create a better world? 3
And how will we do this
without burdening future
generations with the costs? 4
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