AARP is a membership organization for people over the age of 50. Founded in 1958 by Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus as the American Association of Retired Persons, it grew out of the National Retired Teachers Association. Today, AARP is a powerful advocacy group for the interests of older, retired Americans. AARP presently operates two affiliated organizations. AARP Services Inc., a taxable subsidiary of AARP founded in 1999, offers resources and benefits to around 40 million members. AARP Foundation is a charity affiliated with AARP that educates and assists low-income elderly people and provides security and protection for their rights.
Addison Barry Rand is CEO of AARP. Rand has a history in business dating back to 1968, when he began at Xerox Corporation, where he later became the executive vice president of worldwide operations. He has also served as chairman and CEO of Avis Group Holdings and CEO of Equitant Ltd., and has served as chairman of the board of trustees at Howard University since 2006. Rand also serves on the boards and advisory committees at a number of other institutions. He is the recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from six universities and has received the NAACP Image Award.