PHOENIX (Sept. 24, 2014) – Make-A-Wish® America recently welcomed George Barrios, Chris Beard and Susan Moon to its national board of directors. Each bring valuable insight, extensive leadership experience, and sought-after innovative talents from a variety of different sectors.
Barrios, the Chief Strategy & Financial Officer of WWE, Inc., has more than 20 years of experience in financial management roles. His extensive background in executive financial positions include The New York Times Company, where he served as Vice President and Treasurer and was responsible for managing capital structure and financial analysis, as well as the New England Media Group and HBO, Inc. He hopes to provide Make-A-Wish with overall strategic direction.
Beard is the Chief Executive Officer of Mozilla and a member of the Board of Directors. He began his tenure at Mozilla as the leader of marketing and product management to launch the Mozilla Firefox Web browser. His efforts built the brand and laid the framework for the number of Firefox users to go from zero to hundreds of millions of people worldwide. He then served as Mozilla’s Chief Marketing Officer for three years, further developing skills in marketing strategy and community building. In addition to his marketing talents, Beard has more than 17 years of experience in leadership and management roles.. He has an impressive track record of brand development and will seek to provide strategic guidance in regards to the Make-A-Wish brand.
Moon is the Vice President of Member and Market Facing Digital Services for Kaiser Permanente. In this role she defines and executes critical digital strategies for KP’s clients in the business, clinical and technology fields. Before joining Kaiser, Moon managed the Humana Digital Center of Excellence, where she and her team defined, created, and managed digital strategy to enable those in the network to communicate and collaborate seamlessly. Her years of experience in the digital realm will help Make-A-Wish leverage online technology to reach a wider audience.
“Make-A-Wish America is pleased to welcome George, Chris, and Susan to the National Board,” said David Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “We look forward to their unique talents furthering our mission to grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.”
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Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world's leading children's charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 38 minutes. It has granted more than 240,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,000 in 2013 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at www.wish.org to learn more.