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December 19, 2013 at 10:05 AM EST
John Ryan Confirmed as National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's President and CEO

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwired - December 19, 2013) - The full Board of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children unanimously confirmed John Ryan as president and CEO. Ryan was previously elected CEO of NCMEC in June 2012 after serving more than 12 years on its board, most recently as chairman.

"Revé and I are delighted that a man who shares our passion for NCMEC's cause will be leading an organization that we founded out of tragedy," NCMEC cofounder John Walsh said. "I know John will continue doing a great job leading the National Center and the charge to keep our children safe."

As CEO, Ryan has led a campaign to fight child sex trafficking in the United States, which has shifted from the streets to the Internet, where children are openly advertised for sex on classified websites. In October 2013, he was invited to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources about the problem of sex trafficking of youth in foster care.

"John Ryan has the experience, the passion and the vision to lead us forward," said Patty Wetterling, Board Chair of NCMEC's Board of Directors. "The board is delighted to have John at the helm of this great nonprofit organization."

Before joining NCMEC, Ryan worked for 17 years with AOL Inc. as senior vice president and deputy general counsel. While at AOL Inc., he led the Public Safety & Criminal Investigations Unit and served as a liaison with law enforcement coordinating investigations and prosecutions of criminal activities, including Internet crimes committed against children.

Prior to joining AOL Inc., Ryan was the director of investigative affairs at AT&T Wireless in New York. He also worked for 14 years in Bronx County, N.Y., where he served as an assistant district attorney and chief of major offenses.

About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is the leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working with law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them on issues relating to missing and sexually exploited children. Authorized by Congress to serve as the nation's clearinghouse on these issues, NCMEC operates a hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678), and has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 191,000 children. NCMEC also operates the CyberTipline, a mechanism for reporting child pornography, child sex trafficking and other forms of child sexual exploitation. Since it was created in 1998, more than 2.2 million reports of suspected child sexual exploitation have been received, and more than 100 million suspected child pornography images have been reviewed. NCMEC works in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. To learn more about NCMEC, visit www.missingkids.com. Follow NCMEC on Twitter and like NCMEC on Facebook

NCMEC Communications Department
(703) 837-6111
media@ncmec.org

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