THE WALL STREET JOURNAL is reporting that the Komen Foundation is finally shaking the rot from its leadership that led to the catastrophic image collapse when politics became more important to the organization than the women they’re supposed to be helping.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure shook up its top ranks Wednesday, announcing the resignation of its president and creating a new figurehead role for its founder, even as it looked to fill other senior positions in the wake of a controversial decision involving Planned Parenthood.
Searches were under way to find a president, chief executive and chief operating officer, a post that has been vacant since late 2009, said Nancy G. Brinker, who is the founder and current CEO of the nation’s largest breast-cancer charity. She said she would assume a new role after top leadership positions were filled. The departure of President Elizabeth Thompson will take effect Sept. 7.
The WSJ also revealed that two Komen board members, Brenda Lauderback and Linda Law, will also be leaving.
What a time to announce the resignations. In the middle of the hottest vacation month of the summer, during the final days of the Olympics, and right when Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick is becoming the topic most captivating, because everyone is wondering if Romney will blow this call as badly as he did his foreign policy trip.
Oh, but Ms. Brinnker said the departures, including her own shift to “a new role,” has absolutely nothing to do with what happened with Planned Parenthood back in early 2012, when Komen made a political decision to cut Planned Parenthood funding, and then the bottom dropped out of the Komen Foundation’s reputation.