Addison Barry Rand
Immediate Past Chairman
Chief Executive Officer (Ret.)
Addison Barry Rand, a member since 2001, served as chairman of the Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2014. From April, 2009 to September, 2014, he served as chief executive officer (CEO) of AARP, the world’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to social change and helping people 50 and over to improve the quality of their lives. Mr. Rand is a dynamic leader and change-agent, who brought to AARP a proven track record of leading both multibillion-dollar businesses and smaller, private equity-driven businesses.
Mr. Rand currently serves as a corporate director on the boards of Agilent Technologies and Campbell Soup. Formerly, he served as the chairman of Equitant Inc. globalizing the Ireland-based company and negotiating a successful merger with IBM in 2005. He is chairman emeritus of Avis Group, where he transformed the $4.5 billion, Fortune 350 company into the world’s leading service and information provider of comprehensive, automotive transportation and vehicle management solutions, while serving as chairman and CEO.
He enjoyed an outstanding 30-year career with Xerox Corporation, completing his tenure as executive vice president of worldwide operations. Mr. Rand was responsible for $18 billion in revenue and is largely credited with Xerox’s transformation into a sales and marketing powerhouse. Under his leadership, Xerox won two, prestigious Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Awards and recognition as both the “Best Sales Force in America” and the “Top Training Organization in America”.
He earned a B.A. degree from American University and an M.B.A. degree from Stanford University. He also attended Stanford University as a Sloan Fellow focused on management sciences. He is the recipient of several honorary degrees, was inducted into the National Sales Hall of Fame, and is a recipient of the NAACP Image Award.
A native Washingtonian, Mr. Rand established the Helen Matthews Rand Endowed Scholarship, a $1 million program in the Howard University School of Education, named in honor of his late mother, a District of Columbia public school principal, to encourage students to enter careers in urban school districts.