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April 5, 2021

Executive Compensation at the American Red Cross (2019)

by Anne Paddock

The American Red Cross (ARC) is one of the most recognized charities in the world. Based in Washington, DC, ARC works to “prevent and alleviate human suffering” by mobilizing employees and volunteers in emergencies and through the collection and sale of blood (ARC collects, tests, and distributes 40% of the nation’s blood). To do this, ARC relies on it’s 19,363 employees who were compensated $1.4 billion (an average of $72,000 each) in 2019. 1,464 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 18 most highly compensated employees listed below:

  • $709,164:  Gail McGovern, President and CEO
  • $700,415:  Clifford Holtz, President, Humanitarian Services
  • $651,238:  Shaun Gilmore, President, Biomedical Services
  • $642,142:  James Hrouda, EVP, Biomedical Services
  • $509,225:  Brian Rhoa, CFO
  • $441,413:  John McMaster, President, PHSS
  • $439,002:  Julio Delgado, Analyst V, Investments
  • $438,921:  Paul Sullivan, SVP, Collections
  • $425,892:  Don Herring, Chief Development Officer
  • $410,134:  Jennifer Do, Technologist III, IRL
  • $407,459:  Sherri Brown, President, Humanitarian Service
  • $406,434:  Greg Williamson, Chief Investment Officer
  • $397,884:  Ronnie Strickland, Chief Information Officer
  • $395,224:  Melissa Hurst, Chief Human Resources Officer
  • $382,536:  Neal Litvack, Chief Marketing Officer
  • $268,499:  Harvey Johnson, President, Humanitarian Service
  • $255,536:  David Meltzer, General Counsel and Chief International Officer
  • $230,815: Jennifer Hawkins, Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff

Of the 18 most highly compensated employees listed above, 13 are male (72%) while 5 are female (28%). Of the 10 most highly compensated employees, 8 are male (80%) while 2 are female (20%).  It is also important to note there are 15 voting members of the governing party (14 of whom are independent) although the Form 990 lists 17 board members:  12 (71%) of whom are male while 5 (29%) are female.

For more detail on severance payments made to David Meltzer and Greg Williamson, see Schedule J, Part III, Supplemental Information on the Form 990.

320 independent contractors received more than $100,000 in compensation. The 5 most highly compensated independent individual and/or contractors were reported to be:

  • $10,337,939:  Mindtree Limited, of Warren, NJ for IT consulting
  • $10,368,713:  One All, of Pasadena, CA for printing and mailing
  • $ 6,878,565:  Servicemaster, of Memphis, TN for building services
  • $ 6,347,233:  Adecco Employment Services, Inc., of Jacksonville, FL for staffing
  • $ 6,298,709:  Whelan Security, of Charlotte, NC for security services

To read the IRS Form 990 (2018 for the year ending June 30, 2019), click here.

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