The American Red Cross has selected Mark Everson, the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, to be its new president, filling the post as the charity restructures itself after intense criticism over its response to Hurricane Katrina.
The Red Cross had been led by an interim president, Jack McGuire, since December 2005, when Marsha Evans resigned because of friction with the charity's board of governors. Her resignation coincided with congressional hearings assailing the Red Cross' uneven performance in Katrina's aftermath.
Everson, 52, who will take the Red Cross post on May 29, has served as IRS commissioner since May 2003. He previously was a vice president of SC International, a $2 billion food services company, and an executive with the French industrial group Pechiney.
"It is an honor and a privilege to become part of such a vital and enduring humanitarian service organization," Everson said. -- by the Associated Press