On July 15, Chris Hrouda was promoted to president of American Red Cross Biomedical Services. Mr. Hrouda brings more than 28 years of Red Cross blood program experience to the position. He previously served as executive vice president of Biomedical Services, with responsibility for blood collections, testing, manufacturing and distribution operations throughout the Red Cross.
In 2016, Mr. Hrouda was appointed to serve as the chair of the Alliance of Blood Operators to help promote international cooperation and strategic support between more than 90 blood industry operators.
Mr. Hrouda began his career with Red Cross Biomedical Services in 1988 as a medical technologist with the University of Missouri Hospital & Clinics, Missouri-Illinois Region. He has served in many leadership positions within the organization, including vice president of the Southeast Division and chief executive officer for both the Southern Blood Services Region, Douglasville, Ga., and Heart of American Region in Peoria, Ill
Mr. Hrouda graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 1987, where he received a Bachelor of Health Sciences. He is a certified medical technologist with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, a member of AABB, and previously served as a member of the AABB board and as the president of the Heart of America Association of Blood Banks. In addition, Mr. Hrouda currently serves as the Chair of the National Blood Foundation.