BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York announced a new CEO Tuesday evening.

Phil Lussier, who has been involved with Make-A-Wish since Sept. 2001 when his son had his wish granted of singing the National Anthem at Fenway Park before a Red Sox game, is the organizations new CEO and President.

"We are very excited to have Phil lead our chapter," said Sari Chang, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Make-A-Wish Metro and Western New York. "As a wish dad, a dedicated board member, and an experienced executive, he brings a deep and unique understanding of mission."

Lussier's 35-year career has mainly focused on the financial services industry. His past roles include working as Principal of Crow Point Partners and Chairman and CEO of CitiStreet. He also served as a non-profit leader on the Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island board from 2003-2009, the Make-A-Wish National Board from 2009-2015, which includes two years as a national board chair.

“I am tremendously honored and excited to lead Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York," Lussier said. "As a parent of a child who received a wish many years ago, I am familiar with the challenges our wish kids and families bravely face every day. It is a privilege to have this opportunity to steward this most sacred mission. I look forward to serving our wish kids and their families, along with the Board of Directors, donors and our many volunteers throughout our community.”

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children who are battling life-threatening medical conditions.