Gail J. McGovern
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.
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 and an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1987.
She began at AT&T Corporation as a programmer and also worked in sales, marketing and management. 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. She held this role from 1997 to 1998.
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. 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, replacing Mark W. Everson, a former IRS commissioner and becoming the seventh chief in seven years. 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. The focus of her work at the Red Cross has been to improve the image of the Red Cross brand and thereby increase donations.
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