Atlanta native Charles Redding named CEO and President of MedShare

ImageThe MedShare family welcomes Charles Redding as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President, effective May 5, 2014. Redding succeeds Meridith Rentz, who served as the organization’s CEO and President for the last three years. Rentz resigned in April 2014 to spend more time with her family. Her last day at MedShare was May 2nd.

“Charles has a keen global perspective and a strong vision for MedShare’s ongoing commitment to making the world a better place,” said Thomas Asher, MedShare’s board chair. “What Charles has done for MedShare in just two years is outstanding. He is the right person at the right time to take our organization to the next level of service excellence for our recipients worldwide.”

Redding has been MedShare’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) since 2012. He led the company’s efforts to expand into the Northeast by opening a Sorting & Collection Center in Secaucus, New Jersey. Prior to this role, he held a number of senior management positions with Johnson & Johnson (J&J) including the first Plant Manger for Ethicon in Juarez, Mexico and Director of Asia Pacific Operations, where he was based in Shanghai, China and managed facilities in China and India. His latest role at J&J was that of Vice President of Global Operations for their Aesthetic Medicine business. He was responsible for 1200 employees in the U.S., France, The Netherlands, and Mauritius and managed a 200 million dollar budget. A native of Atlanta, Redding graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering, and received a certificate in Team Management from the Daniel School of Management at the University of South Carolina.

“It’s an honor to be leading MedShare as our 15th anniversary year comes to a close,” said Redding. “The support and commitment of our board of trustees, regional council members, staff, and volunteers will help us make an even greater impact on the health care of the recipients we serve in local U.S. communities and around the world.”

Founded in Atlanta in 1998, MedShare sources essential, surplus medical supplies and equipment, and delivers them directly to underserved populations worldwide while lessening the impact of medical waste in the U.S. Its ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life of people, communities, and the planet.

Since its founding, MedShare has mobilized thousands of community volunteers, corporate, hospital, and nongovernmental partners to ship nearly 1,000 forty-foot containers to hospitals and clinics in need in over 95 countries, including free clinics in the U.S. In addition to Atlanta, MedShare has offices in the San Francisco Bay and the New York City metropolitan areas.

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Kenya Trip Notes from the Field: Thomas Asher

By Thomas Asher, MedShare Trustee

February 22 // We left our Nairobi hotel at 8 AM and quickly found ourselves mired in the morning rush hour. Soon the cluster of modern buildings and lush parkways were behind us as we headed north to Kijabe on the eastern slopes of the Great Rift Valley. We reached the rim within an hour, and what a view it was: green pastures stretching across the horizon ending at the foot of Mount Longonot. A short drive down the slope brought us to the gates of Cure International Children’s Hospital, a pediatric orthopedic surgical facility.  Medical Director Dr. Joseph Theuri  welcomed us indicating that they opened in 1998, have 30 beds, including four private rooms as well as four operating rooms where they repair club feet, cleft palates, fractures, angular limbs, and a range of deformities. The average stay is just under five days. The staff of 88 serves children as old as 18.

Cure International Children's Hospital

Our guided tour took us to the well-organized storage room where surgical supplies from MedShare neatly lined the shelves; from there, off to the machine shop where six technicians were busily fashioning braces from clay forms of little legs and feet. There was a playroom with toys and books, an elaborate outdoor playground, and every corridor was decorated with colorful illustrations to ease their young patient’s concerns,  But our tour turned sober as we approached the surgical area. Several youngsters being prepped for repairs anxiously lay on gurneys.  They were very frightened; a parent and nurse tried to comfort them. Their cries were frantic and grew louder as they were guided down the hall near our group. It was difficult for them, and it was difficult for us. We tried to focus on Dr. Theuri’s talk, but it was very hard. Back in the bright sunlight,  we composed ourselves and gathered for a group photo with Dr. Theuri and his key staff.  This is a wonderful hospital, healing children, and a facility MedShare is proud to serve.

This post is part of a series we’re doing over the coming days while MedShare staff, Board of Trustee and Council members travel through Kenya from February 17 – 27. We invite you to share the experience with them by reading their stories; to access them, click on the “Africa Trip“  icon in the right sidebar. Safe travels, team!