John Crary joined the American Red Cross in late 2009 as the Chief Information Officer, responsible for all information technology functions throughout the organization. The American Red Cross, founded by Clara Barton in 1881 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is one of the nation’s premier emergency response organizations and a major U.S. provider of blood products to the healthcare industry. The Red Cross serves the United States through its nearly 700 chapters, 35 Blood Services regions, multiple disaster centers and specialized services to the armed forces. Crary brings a wealth of information technology management experience to the organization, including expertise in new technologies such as social media, web based services and e-commerce.
Prior to joining the Red Cross, he was vice president and CIO for Lear Corporation, a position he held beginning in January 1996. At Lear he was responsible for all information technology functions for the corporation’s 230 sites in 30 countries. Before his tenure at Lear, he was CIO for AlliedSignal Automotive in Southfield, Michigan. He also served as the CIO of ITT Automotive and as the director of Business Systems Management at ITT Corporation in New York.
Crary earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford, N.J., and is a member of the Information Systems Executive Forum (ISEF) at the University of Michigan and the Society for Information Management (SIM). He also serves as a member of the Board of Visitors in The School of Business at Oakland University.