Gerald M. (Jerry) DeFrancisco is President of Humanitarian Services for the American National Red Cross. Mr. DeFrancisco provides executive-level leadership and management oversight of operations for 2000 local Red Cross locations across the country; Services to Armed Forces; International Services; Preparedness, Health & Safety Services; and the Hurricane Recovery Program. He has over 35 years experience in the telecommunications and management consulting industries, attaining senior leadership positions in a wide variety of assignments in all phases of general management, including corporate strategy, operations, customer service delivery, and sales and marketing. Prior to joining the Red Cross, he was President of Beacon Professional Group and Ultrapro International, global consulting firms specializing in strategy, operations sustainability, and performance improvement. Prior to this, he was a senior executive at AT&T, serving as Executive VP Broadband and Internet Services; VP Business Innovation; and President and CEO of AT&T Alascom, a $350 million AT&T affiliate. A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. DeFrancisco has served on various non-profit boards and has been a speaker and panelist in numerous industry conferences and forums.