New CEO for Chesapeake Red Cross

Scott has demonstrated his commitment to his constituents, his community and the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region is pleased to welcome Scott R. Salemme as its new Regional Chief Executive Officer effective January 28, 2013.

Mr. Salemme brings 24 years of Red Cross experience to his new post. Since 2002, Mr. Salemme has served as the Regional Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of the Columbia Region located in Columbia, South Carolina. In this role, he was responsible for ensuring comprehensive disaster planning, preparedness and response for the Region’s six Red Cross Chapters, serving 28 counties in South Carolina. Additionally, Mr. Salemme’s duties included the provision of Services to the Armed Forces and lifesaving training in the form of First Aid/CPR, water safety and youth programming. Mr. Salemme led a paid and volunteer staff of over 1,000 individuals.

“We are very excited to have Scott Salemme accept the leadership role for the Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region. Scott has demonstrated his commitment to his constituents, his community and the American Red Cross. We are confident that his strong leadership will continue and enhance the Region’s impact on our clients, partners and our paid and volunteer staff,” said Bonnie Stein, Board Chair, Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region.

Mr. Salemme started his American Red Cross career as the Assistant Executive Director of the Jamestown New York Chapter. After three years in that role, he became the Executive Director of the Erie, PA Chapter and then the Executive Director of the South Bend, Indiana Chapter before moving on to South Carolina.

Mr. Salemme has been recognized by the Red Cross for his effective leadership and has received both the National Tiffany Award for Employee Excellence in Management and the Spirit of Excellence Award for Employee Excellence in Management. He has a Bachelor’s of Science from State University of New York at Fredonia, New York.

Mr. Salemme and his wife Kathie have two sons: Alex and Nicholas.

About the Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region:

More than twice a day the American Red Cross of the Chesapeake Region provides basic needs to disaster victims such as emergency shelter, food, clothing and counseling to Maryland families after disasters thanks to major support from donors to the United Way campaigns in Maryland. Each day the Red Cross also provides lifesaving blood to area hospitals; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families.