Effective November 26, 2012, American Red Cross Regional CEO John Hughes will become regional executive of the American Red Cross, Heart of Carolina Region in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Hughes has served in the chief executive role with the American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley since 1997. In 2008 his role expanded as regional executive of a six-county region in east central Pennsylvania and in 2012 he assumed leadership of the Northeast Pennsylvania Region.
Before coming to the Lehigh Valley, Hughes served for nine years as executive director of the Red Cross in Elmira, New York. His Red Cross career began in 1982 in the Northwest North Carolina Chapter where he was the director of Blood Services and deputy executive director.
"All healthy organizations need a change in leadership from time-to-time to bring fresh ideas and generate new growth. I have spent half of my Red Cross career right here in the Lehigh Valley and this is probably the hardest announcement I've ever had to make to our staff and volunteers," said Hughes, who is a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
"Like most of us, this change is bittersweet," Red Cross Board Chairman Bill Coles stated in an e-mail to board members. "John is a directionally clear leader who has made the American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley a model organization. He is well known in the Lehigh Valley and universally respected for his honesty, integrity and vision. His selection to lead the Heart of the Carolina Region is a dream fulfilled for him and his family. Our loss will be their gain."
A search committee will be formed to identify Hughes' successor and an individual to provide leadership in an interim capacity during the search process.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.