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Red Cross Announces New Board of Governors Members

WASHINGTON, Wednesday, June 5, 2013 — The American Red Cross elected four new members to its Board of Governors: Afsaneh M. Beschloss; Jon M. Huntsman, Sr.; Joseph E. Madison and Tina M. Schiel.

“We welcome these extraordinary individuals to the board of governors,” said Chairman Bonnie McElveen-Hunter. “They are talented and respected community and business leaders who are committed to helping others. Together, we will ensure the American Red Cross can carry out its great humanitarian mission and is there for families and individuals across the country and around the world in their hour of greatest need.”

The Red Cross is led by a Board of Governors with all of the powers of governing and directing, as well as overseeing the management of the business and affairs of the organization. The new board members were elected for three-year terms by delegates from local Red Cross chapters and blood regions across the country at the annual meeting of the Red Cross held on May 22. The board now has 20 governors.

Afsaneh M. Beschloss is the president and chief executive officer of the Rock Creek Group, a global investment management and advisory firm headquartered in Washington, DC. She advises pension funds and central banks and served previously as treasurer and chief investment officer of the World Bank. She has worked for J.P. Morgan in New York and London, and Shell International Group Planning in London. She has taught international trade and economic development at Oxford University. Since 2010, Beschloss has served as a member of the American Red Cross Investment Committee and Board of Trustees of the Endowment Fund. She has been the chairman of the Investment Committee of the Ford Foundation and was on the Investment Committee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. She is a member of the board of trustees of the Ford Foundation, the Urban Institute and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Mrs. Beschloss has an undergraduate degree from the University of Kent in Canterbury, U.K. and an MPhil (Honors) in economics from Oxford University.

Jon M. Huntsman, Sr. is the founder and executive chairman of Huntsman Corporation, a global manufacturer and marketer of specialty chemicals. Huntsman was a United States Naval Gunnery Officer and served under President Richard Nixon as special assistant to the president and as White House staff secretary. Huntsman is widely recognized as one of America’s foremost concerned citizens and philanthropists. He and his wife founded the Huntsman Cancer Institute in 1995. He previously served on the American Red Cross Board of Governors and serves or has served on numerous corporate, industry and civic organization boards. Huntsman earned his undergraduate degree at The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from the University of Southern California.

Joseph E. Madison is a talk radio personality at Sirius XM Radio, Inc. and is listed by Talker Magazine as being among the Top Ten Radio Talk Personalities in America. Madison, known as "The Black Eagle," can be heard every weekday morning coast-to-coast on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, Urban View, Channel 110. With a radio career spanning three decades, Madison has been a powerful voice on the nation’s morning airwaves for many years. Madison started as a radio host in Detroit at WXYZ-AM and later moved to WWDB-FM in Philadelphia. Madison continued his radio career in Washington, DC, first at WWRC-AM, then later at WOL-AM where he was the program director and morning talk radio personality for over 15 years. Before launching his successful career in radio, Madison worked for General Motors, St. Louis Cardinals Football and Seymour & Lundy Associates. He served as executive director of the Detroit NAACP and then as director of the NAACP Political Action Department. He subsequently served on the board of the NAACP for 14 years and is now a life member of the NAACP. He is currently serving as President of the Bethune-DuBois Institute. Madison has been a devoted advocate of various causes such as leading voter registration marches and opposing genocide and modern-day slavery in Sudan and apartheid in South Africa. His many television appearances include Good Morning America, ABC News Nightline, NBC's Today Show, and the Oprah Winfrey Show, among others. Madison graduated from Washington University.

Tina M. Schiel is executive vice president of stores at Target Corporation. In this position, Schiel oversees 1,750 stores and 300,000 team members with $65 billion in annual sales. Previously, Schiel was senior vice president, new business development and enterprise strategy. Her responsibilities included new formats such as City Target and international opportunities. She began her career with Target in 1987 as a stores team member and rose through the organization to become a Senior Vice President in 1998 where she served as SVP for stores in three of Target’s four U.S. regions, including the northeast; south/southeast and west coast regions. Schiel earned her BA from Hardin-Simmons University.

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. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.