Nation's Leading Humanitarian Organization Protecting Children and Animals Expands Leadership Team with Renowned Financial Expert

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New Chief Financial Officer Joins American Humane Association


WASHINGTON, D.C. – American Humane Association, the nation's only humanitarian organization with the dual focus of protecting both children and animals, announced the appointment of Clifford J. Rose as its new Chief Financial Officer. A nationwide search produced a number of competitive candidates, but Rose was the clear choice with more than 30 years of nonprofit finance and management experience. Rose will utilize his valuable knowledge of fiduciary best practices to guide the organization as it launches its revolutionary Transformative Agenda for 2012.

"I am honored to join American Humane Association and be part of its 135-year history of standing up for the most vulnerable in society," Rose said. "I look forward to working with the organization's dynamic leadership team as we strive to further expand the organization's mission of protecting America's children and animals."

Prior to his hiring at American Humane Association, Rose worked as the Vice President of Finance and Administration and the Chief Financial Officer at the Epilepsy Foundation. Not only did he provide leadership and direction to all financial and accounting activities, he also oversaw Human Resources, IT, and was the senior staff liaison to the Board Finance and Board Audit Committees.

Rose also brings more than 20 years of service at AARP, where he was appointed to the position of Controller, directing a staff of more than 80 people. Under his management of financial operations there, the organization expanded its membership base to 35 million people and a budget of $600 million. While at AARP he helped develop their first ever computerized accounting systems and conversion of data to a digital format.

A native of England, Rose immigrated to the United States in 1978 after spending four years in Bermuda working for Charles Kemp and Company, a Chartered Accountants firm. His arrival to the island came after he served as audit manager for a Chartered Accountants firm just south of London.

Rose attended the Bromley Grammar School for Boys in England, which he describes as "very old-fashioned," then later went on to earn his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Bromley College. He subsequently earned a professional certification from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of England and Wales.

With a focus on building more humane communities through the simple value of compassion, American Humane Association recently announced its Transformative Agenda for 2012. Built on four key planks — Humane Intervention, Humane Hollywood, Humane Heartland, and Humane Research and Policy Solutions — the organization has reorganized its signature programs with the goal of protecting millions more of the nation's children and animals from cruelty, abuse, and neglect.

"We are excited to have Cliff join us at American Humane Association because of his outstanding wealth of experience managing the finances of some of the nation's most esteemed nonprofits," said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane Association's President and Chief Executive Officer, who was recently honored with a Fiduciary Leadership Award and termed a "Visionary Leader" in the nonprofit space by the Investment Fiduciary Leadership Council. "His prudent financial guidance will help us grow and will ensure that our organization will continue its nearly 140-year legacy of being there to protect our nation's most precious treasures, our children and animals."

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