The American Red Cross' president and chief executive officer, Marsha Evans, said she will resign at year-end. Evans, 58, oversaw the charity's massive and sometimes criticized response to Hurricane Katrina. Jack McGuire, the Red Cross' executive vice president of biomedical services, will serve as interim chief until a permanent replacement is found. Evans joined the Red Cross in August 2002 after serving as executive director of the Girl Scouts of America for four years. In a letter announcing her resignation, Evans said she had been considering leaving the charity in August 2005, but stayed on after Katrina hit to "lead our pivotal response to that epic tragedy." "Now, with our successful hurricane response continuing in steady hands, I believe the time is right to step down," she wrote. "I look forward to spending more time with my family." -- by Laura B. Benko
American Red Cross chief to step down at year-end
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