Several months after the Susan G. Komen Foundation took a beating from supporters on both sides of the political aisle for defunding Planned Parenthood, then restoring that funding, CEO and founder Nancy Brinker announced she would step down
That was in August. Brinker has actually remained CEO since then—that is, until now. The charity has announced that a new CEO, Judith A. Salerno, is taking over
. Salerno has been chief operating officer and executive director of the Institute of Medicine, a branch of the National Academy of Sciences.
In its press release
announcing the new CEO, Brinker gave Salerno her blessing:
“Judy is an excellent choice. She is very well-known and highly respected as both a scientist and an innovator in public health. I’m thrilled that she is joining Susan G. Komen as president and CEO, and I am looking forward to her leadership as we continue to seek cures for breast cancer and serve the people who need Komen’s help today and into the future.”
The release didn’t mention Planned Parenthood nor give a reason as to why Brinker is stepping down as CEO.
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For her part, Brinker will remain part of the breast-cancer charity she founded, assuming the new title of chair of global strategy.
The Komen Foundation recently cut back its event schedule, citing waning donations. The organization canceled seven of its three-day fundraising walks
planned for 2014.