American Red Cross President Ousted

The American Red Cross has ousted its president.

In a statement, the Red Cross said it has asked for and received
Mark Everson's resignation Tuesday after learning that he had engaged in a "personal relationship" with a subordinate employee. It said the resignation is effective immediately.

Everson took the job in May, as the charity sought to
restructure itself after sharp criticism of its response to
Hurricane Katrina.

The statement said the relationship "reflected poor judgment"
and diminished Everson's ability to lead the organization.

The Red Cross' board has appointed the charity's general counsel
as interim president and CEO, while a search committee looks for a
new leader.


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