Agent for Social Change to Lead Nation's Largest Membership Organization
Beyond corporate America, Barry Rand knows first hand what the health care and financial security crises are doing to individuals and families across this nation. He was a caregiver to his father for the last eight years of his life and that experience fueled his passion for the issues that have long been the centerpiece of AARP's agenda.
"My experience with my father was eye-opening," Rand added. "I considered myself lucky to be able to provide the necessary care for my father in the setting of his choosing; the tragedy is for those of us who aren't as lucky as I am. Caring for him brought home for me the simple truth that access to low cost, high quality health care and financial security are pre-requisites for achieving the American Dream. While we have come far -- because of the efforts of AARP -- we have much left to achieve. Lifetime health care and financial security are terms far too many believe are out of reach; not just for 'older' Americans or 'aging' Americans, but for all Americans."
"The need for reform is great, and Barry is ready to take on this important campaign on behalf of AARP's members, volunteers, staff and community partners," said AARP President Jennie Chin Hansen. "Barry's management skills, commitment to quality and leadership acumen will collectively pay dividends for AARP. Caring for his ailing father, however, was one of the most important achievements of Barry's illustrious career. Being a caregiver -- navigating the maze of insurance forms, care options and financing -- is the kind of personal experience that has fundamentally touched his core, as AARP works to bring Washington and the country together to create long-term health care and financial security."
Born Addison Barry Rand in Washington, DC, the son of a postal clerk and an elementary school principal, Rand and his wife Donna have two grown children. 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.