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AARP New Hire: First Black CEO

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Barry Rand, 64, a former Xerox executive and civic leader, has been named the new CEO of AARP, the nation’s leading advocacy group for people age 50 and older. He is the first African-American to hold the position, according to USA Today. Rand spent 31 years at Xerox before leaving in 1999 to become CEO of Avis and Equitant Ltd. until 2005. He’s known for stressing high expectations to achieve success and strongly believing a diverse workforce is the way to get there. Rand, no stranger to the needs of AARP members, cared for his father at home for eight years before he died in 2004 and plans to make health care a major priority.—WLW
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