PHOENIX (January 12, 2016) – Make-A-Wish® America welcomes Randy Sloan, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Southwest Airlines, to the National Board of Directors. Randy will draw on his decades of experience as an IT leader for several multi-billion dollar companies to help Make-A-Wish leverage technology to grant more and better wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Randy was elected to join the National Board in October 2015 with his term start date set for Jan. 28, 2016.
Since 2012, Randy has served as the most senior technology advisor for Southwest Airlines, providing guidance and oversight for all technology functions. It is Randy’s responsibility to deliver business value through all technology products and services in a strategic manner that meets the needs of more than 46,000 employees and helps advance the interests of the airline. Randy has become involved with Make-A-Wish through the Southwest Airlines national partnership. The airline regularly hosts airport celebrations for wish families about to embark on their wish trips, and since 2012, has donated 2,500 roundtrip ticket vouchers for wish travel annually.
Prior to Southwest Airlines, Randy spent more than ten years in executive roles at PepsiCo preceded by 15 years at Frito-Lay North America.
“In order for Make-A-Wish to one day grant the wish of every eligible child, we need to have a technology framework in place that can accommodate and withstand significant growth,” said David Williams, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “With Randy’s addition to the board, we have a proven standout in the technology field who can share his wisdom as we continue to grant more life-changing wishes.”
With the addition of Randy, the Make-A-Wish America National Board reaches 26 members representing the best and brightest in the areas of human resources, finance, fundraising, management, marketing, operations and technology. For more information about Make-A-Wish and to learn how you can become involved, visit wish.org.
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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 28,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 35 minutes. It has granted more than 270,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,800 in 2015 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at www.wish.org to learn more.