Mario Bruno Named CEO of American Red Cross in Connecticut, Rhode Island

Mario Bruno Named CEO of American Red Cross in Connecticut, Rhode Island

FARMINGTON, CONN., April 16, 2012 – Mario J. Bruno has been appointed CEO of the American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region.

Bruno has served as interim CEO of the organization for six months. Prior to that, he was the Chief Operating Officer.

In announcing the appointment, American Red Cross Division Vice President, Northeast, Gail DeNicola, said, “Mario has proved to be a great advocate for the Red Cross and a strong leader, helping us all to embrace and thrive in an environment of change and challenge. I look forward to working with him to support a strong Red Cross in Connecticut and Rhode Island.”

Mario Bruno has been involved with the Red Cross for nearly 20 years, the last 15 of which have been spent in various roles with the Red Cross in the Northeast. He has served in volunteer capacities and as a national and local Red Cross employee in roles that have touched on nearly every area of service in the Chapter system, DeNicola said.

Bruno began his career with the American Red Cross as a Disaster Action Team responder, Blood Services volunteer and a Health and Safety instructor. He rose to the volunteer position of Disaster Services Chair for the Central Massachusetts chapter before joining the paid staff of the organization.

Bruno has since served in roles of increasing responsibility, including a position as State Disaster Specialist for Red Cross chapters in Southern New England. In that position, he helped develop disaster services capacity in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

After joining the former Greater Hartford Chapter, Bruno served as leader of the Chapter’s emergency response function and soon became a statewide resource for all Connecticut chapters, helping to coordinate and standardize services. He took on additional roles at the Chapter as it merged with sister chapters in Connecticut. In 2006, Bruno became leader of Health and Safety programs at the former Charter Oak Chapter, helping to standardize and improve service delivery during continuing chapter consolidations. He became Chief Operating Officer for the Connecticut and Rhode Island Region in 2008.

American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region Board Chair Elizabeth Gagne said the Board was pleased with the appointment. “When the time came to review Mario’s appointment the Board gave him our unanimous and unqualified support. We value his leadership and dedication to the success of this organization.”

Bruno said he was pleased to take on the role of CEO. “I have spent 20 years working in support of the life changing work of the Red Cross and appreciate the opportunity to lead an amazing team of volunteer and paid staff here in Connecticut and Rhode Island. I could not ask for better colleagues or more satisfying work.”

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at




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