Brian Gannon to Step Down as Chair of Disaster Task Force; John Hagins Appointed New Chair

December 01, 2021

Brian Gannon, MBA, will step down as chair of the AABB Interorganizational Task Force on Domestic Disasters and Acts of Terrorism (Task Force) at the end of 2021, AABB announced this week. The transition will allow Gannon, the president and chief executive officer of the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center in Houston, Texas, to devote more time to his role as AABB’s President-Elect.

Gannon began his term as chair in February 2020 and has led the Task Force through two unprecedented years of pandemic, hurricanes, winter storms and blood shortages. AABB and the blood community are indebted to him for his tireless and inspired leadership during these challenging times.

AABB is pleased to announce the appointment of John Hagins as the new chair of the Task Force and as a member of the AABB Board of Directors. His term will begin on Jan. 1, 2022. Hagins is the president and chief executive officer of the Community Blood Center in Appleton, Wisc., and a past president of the Board of Directors, Blood Centers of America (January 2020 – November 2021). Prior to assuming these roles, Hagins served as CEO, Greater Alleghenies Region, American Red Cross Blood Services, and president of the Association of Donor Recruitment Professionals.

Leo DeBandi, vice-chair of the Task Force, will continue in this role. DeBandi also serves as vice president, Analytics, Production and Inventory Planning, for the American Red Cross, where he is responsible for biomedical production planning, inventory management, warehousing and supply chain logistics for blood and blood products. He has been a key member of the Task Force since its inception in 2002.

AABB extends its gratitude to Gannon, DeBandi and all members of the Task Force for their dedicated service throughout these challenging times and warmly welcomes Hagins to his new role.