Gail J. McGovern

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Gail J.McGovern (born 1952) is an American business person, who became President and CEO of the American Red Cross on June 23, 2008. McGovern held top management positions at AT&T Corporation and Fidelity Investments. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Johns Hopkins University and the Board of Directors of DTE Energy.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in 1952 and raised as Gail J. Rosenberg in Springfield, New Jersey. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in quantitative sciences from Johns Hopkins University in 1974[2] and an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1987.[2]

Career[edit]

She began at AT&T Corporation as a programmer and also worked in sales, marketing and management.[2] Eventually she became the executive vice president of the consumer markets division, the largest business unit, responsible for $26 billion in residential long distance service.[2] She held this role from 1997 to 1998.[3]

She joined Fidelity Investments in September 1998 as president of distribution and services.[2][3] Her department served 4 million customers with $500 billion in assets.[2]

She was recognized by Fortune magazine in 2000 and 2001 as one of the top 50 most powerful women in corporate America.[2]

She joined the faculty of the Harvard Business School in June 2002 where she taught marketing and consumer marketing to first and second year students.[2][3] McGovern was an adjunct faculty of the Harvard Business School.

She assumed the role of president and CEO of the American Red Cross on June 23, 2008,[2] replacing Mark W. Everson, a former IRS commissioner and becoming the seventh chief in seven years.[4] In June she joined a delegation of 30 community leaders organized by the United States Agency for International Development to visit China and those affected by the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.[5] The focus of her work at the Red Cross has been to improve the image of the Red Cross brand and thereby increasing donations.[4]

Personal[edit]

She currently resides in Washington, DC with her husband and daughter. [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Muckety Listing". Muckety LLC. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Gail J. McGovern Biography" (Press release). The American Red Cross. 2008-04-08. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  3. ^ a b c "Forbes Profile". Forbes.com LLC. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  4. ^ a b Rucker, Philip (2008-09-12). "Red Cross CEO's 'Trial by Hurricane'". Washington Post. pp. Page B01. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  5. ^ "China Earthquake Update: New President Gail J. McGovern Visits Affected Region". Red Cross Chat. 2008-06-30. Retrieved 2009-01-22.