AmeriCares recently announced that C. Dean Maglaris, a pharmaceutical company senior executive from New Canaan, has been elected chairman of its board of directors.

Maglaris has served on the global health and disaster relief organization's board of directors for six years, most recently holding the position of lead director. He has more than 40 years of marketing and general management experience in the pharmaceutical, medical device and health care industries retiring from Pfizer, Inc., as group vice president. He is CEO of Cytogel Pharma, LLC., a bio-pharmaceutical development company.

As chairman, Maglaris will lead the 15-member board as it positions the organization to continue and accelerate its mission of saving lives and sustaining life when it is at its most precarious, at times of disaster, social unrest and whenever and wherever people need aid.

Maglaris is the second chairman in AmeriCares history, replacing founder Bob Macauley who died in December at the age of 87.

"Although no one will ever fill his shoes, I am honored to follow in the footsteps of Bob Macauley, a giant of a man," Maglaris said. "AmeriCares conducts its work every day, at home and abroad, because of Bob's vision, mission and undaunted determination to help people in need. As Bob said many times, `The needs of those desperate souls around the world are limitless and there should be no limit to the amount of good AmeriCares can deliver.' I, with Leila Macauley at my side as vice chairman of the board, look forward to sustaining and enhancing the great work of this wonderful organization."

AmeriCares is a non-profit global health and disaster relief organization which delivers medicines, medical supplies and aid to people in crisis around the world and across the United States. Since it was established in 1982, AmeriCares has distributed more than $10 billion in humanitarian aid to 147 countries. For more information, visit www.AmeriCares.org.

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