Red Cross Finds New President at IRS; Starts May 29

Mark W. Everson, currently the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, has been chosen to become the next president and CEO of the American Red Cross. The board's appointment of him is effective May 29 and was announced April 18.

"On behalf of the entire board, the Red Cross is delighted to welcome such a capable and compassionate leader whose proven experience and leadership skills will bring valuable expertise to better prepare the American Red Cross to prevent, prepare, and respond to the nation's critical needs," said Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, ARC's chairman. "We know Mark will bring new energy and drive terrific results when his tenure officially begins next month."

Everson has been head of the Internal Revenue Service since May 5, 2003, and developed and implemented a five-year strategic plan for it, according to ARC. He previously was deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget. "It is an honor and a privilege to become part of such a vital and enduring humanitarian service organization," he said. "The Red Cross reaches out to those in need in communities across the nation and around the world. I look forward to working with the outstanding volunteers, staff, and board during this defining period in the history of the Red Cross." Interim President and CEO Jack McGuire will stay on as executive vice president for Biomedical Services.

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