Jun 18, 2013 - 2:04 pm
The beleaguered Susan G. Komen Foundation has named a nationally known health policy and research expert in Washington to replace founder Nancy Brinker as its chief executive, the breast cancer charity announced Monday.
The new chief executive is Judith A. Salerno, 61, currently executive director and chief operating officer of the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences, which advises the government and private sector about health and science.
Brinker will serve as chair of global strategy, effective immediately, according to Komen spokeswoman Andrea Rader.
Salerno’s official start date is Sept. 9, but she is expected to attend Komen’s annual leadership conference in Dallas on Friday and meet with representatives from Komen’s affiliates. Salerno also plans to spend two to three days a week during the summer at Komen’s Dallas headquarters, Rader said.
The move is the latest effort by the charity to restore credibility to one of the strongest brands in the nonprofit world. It comes more than a year after a funding controversy involving Planned Parenthood severely damaged the organization, hurting fundraising and morale.
Brinker initially did not want to give up her role as chief executive, prompting Salerno to take herself out of consideration, according to one source familiar with Komen’s business operations. Some within the Komen organization are concerned that Brinker’s presence will mean she will continue to make decisions behind the scenes, the source said.
“I don’t know any of that intrigue,” Rader said. The board has made clear that Salerno will be in charge, she said, and everyone, including Brinker, will be reporting to Salerno.
Hopefully, this will help,