During her seven years of service as President and CEO of the American Red Cross, Gail McGovern has worked tirelessly to ensure that this critical humanitarian organization is always there for people in need.
She has used her finance and management skills to bring the Red Cross back from the brink of serious challenges she inherited and has set the Red Cross on the path to financial stability. To ensure it is a good steward of donor dollars, she cut management and general overhead almost in half, but not at the expense of delivering the Red Cross mission every day, and providing extensive services to those in need. For example:
Also, McGovern has worked to right-size the Red Cross’ blood operations in light of a significant decline in the demand for blood products, which has led to rapidly declining revenues affecting the entire industry. She has done this without risking the ability of the Red Cross to collect approximately 14,000 units of blood each day to meet the needs of patients across the country.
Under Gail’s leadership, the Red Cross has used new technology to reach more people than ever before with lifesaving information, including a series of award-winning free apps which have been downloaded more than seven million times in the U.S. and translated into 30 languages.
The American Red Cross is stronger today due to McGovern’s efforts in partnership with an amazing team of employees, volunteers, and donors. She is a humanitarian who cares deeply about the people we serve – never forgetting that we are able to do so because of the generosity of our donors, volunteers, partners and the American public.
To read a letter from the Board of Governors of the American Red Cross, click here.
To read more about McGovern’s accomplishments at the Red Cross, click here.
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