American Red Cross President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Everson resigned after the organizations board learned that he had engaged in a personal relationship with a subordinate employee.
The board immediately called on Everson to resign his position, claiming that the situation reflected poor judgment on Mr. Eversons part and diminished his ability to lead the organization in the future, according to a Red Cross statement.
Although this is difficult and disappointing news for the Red Cross community, the organization remains strong, and the life-saving mission and work of the American Red Cross will go forward, said Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, board chairwoman of the Red Cross.
Everson previously served as the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service for four years, prior to taking the position with the Red Cross.
Mary Elcano, who has served as the organizations general counsel for the past five years, has been appointed interim president and CEO until a successor is chosen, McElveen-Hunter said. The board has formed a search committee to start the process of selecting a new CEO.
Everson joined the Red Cross as president and CEO in May. In a written statement, Everson said it was impossible for him to continue in a job he had so recently undertaken.-- by Jennifer Lubell
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