Addison Barry Rand
Immediate Past Chairman
Chief Executive Officer (Ret.)
Addison Barry Rand, a member since 2001, served as chairman of the Howard University Board of Trustees from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2014. In late 2014, he retired from his position as chief executive officer of AARP, the nation's leading advocacy group for people age 50 and older. Previously, he chaired the board of Aspect Communications, and served as chair and CEO of Equitant Inc., globalizing the Ireland-based company and negotiating a successful merger with IBM in 2005. He is chairman emeritus of the 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.
Mr. Rand enjoyed an outstanding 30-year career with Xerox Corporation, completing his tenure as executive vice president of Worldwide Operations. He 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 as well as recognition as the “Best Sales Force in America” and the top training organization in America.
He currently serves as a corporate director of the Campbell Soup Company. In late 2015, he retired from the board of Agilent Technologies, where he had served since 2000 as a founding director.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from American University and an MBA from Stanford University. He also attended Stanford University as a Sloan Fellow, where he 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.