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AARP’s John Rother to pursue his “What’s Next” as President and CEO of the National Coalition for Health Care

Sept. 8, 2011
Contact: AARP Media Relations

AARP’s John Rother to pursue his “What’s Next”
as President and CEO of the National Coalition for Health Care

Washington, DC—AARP today announced that John Rother, Executive Vice President of Policy, Strategy and International Affairs, will be leaving his role at AARP to pursue his “What’s Next.” After more than 27 years, Rother will leave AARP to become the President and CEO of the National Coalition for Health Care (NCHC). The NCHC presents Rother with the opportunity to continue to pursue his passion for improving the lives of millions of Americans.

AARP CEO A. Barry Rand said: “John is a man of significant presence who is almost universally respected. While his departure is a loss for AARP, all of us wish him the very best as he moves forward in the next phase of his life and career.”

Rother said: “Healthcare affordability is a critically important issue for the budgets of families and businesses, and also for the federal budget.  The National Coalition’s mission is to focus on ways to keep health costs affordable and health programs sustainable.  I hope to lead the Coalition to have a significant impact in improving the value of our healthcare dollars in both the private and public sectors.  AARP will continue to be an important Board member and Coalition supporter as we go forward.”

Since 1984, Rother has been a leader on AARP’s advocacy on issues of health care delivery and finance, retirement income, employment issues, the federal budget and a broad range of consumer issues concerning older Americans.

Rand said: “Even though AARP had been in existence for over 25 years when John came aboard in 1984, it was a far different organization than the powerhouse it is today. John contributed his vision, dedication and persistence to our team’s efforts to make the AARP a legislative juggernaut that is known throughout the nation as the pre-eminent representative of America’s seniors.”

In recognition of his numerous accomplishments, Rother was awarded the prestigious Robert Ball Award in 2010 for Outstanding Achievements in Social Insurance. In presenting the award, former president Bill Clinton said: “Tonight’s award is not for lifetime achievement because we know you still have a lifetime of accomplishments ahead. … I have every confidence that you will continue to stand for the people and policies that make positive changes in lives.”

Rother also played a leading role in creating AARP’s National Policy Council that is “best in class” and has provided invaluable insight and direction to the AARP Board of Directors in the development and adoption of AARP policy positions. Rand continued: “John has an uncanny ability to distill the most complex issues into three things. John speaks in threes when making presentations, presenting arguments or distilling the facts. It is an ability that has served AARP, its members and America quite well for more than three decades.”

In addition to leading NCHC, Rother will remain engaged in public policy discussions as a Visiting Professor at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University. Rother was the main force behind the creation of AARP’s Public Policy Institute, which is internationally recognized as a tremendous resource for research, positions and approaches to social policy issues.

Rand concluded: “At AARP we believe you’re never done growing, and these are both excellent opportunities for John to discover his ‘What’s Next’ and continue building on his lifetime of accomplishments.”
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.1 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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