- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former Avis chairman and CEO has been named the first black CEO of AARP.

A. Barry Rand of Stamford, Conn., starts his new position April 6. He worked for 30 years at Xerox Corp., rising to vice president, before leaving in 1999 for Avis.

The 64-year-old Rand says his experience as his elderly father’s caregiver during the last eight years of his life fueled his passion for issues important to AARP, which advocates for aging Americans.

AARP, the Washington-based organization formerly known as the American Association for Retired Persons, claims more than 35 million members ages 50 and older.

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