(NEW YORK) — When Karen Handel resigned from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure last February after it briefly defunded Planned Parenthood, most figured the breast cancer awareness group would quickly move past the controversy.
However, the big shake-up was yet to come. On Wednesday, Nancy Brinker, who founded the group 30 years ago after her sister, Susan G. Komen, died from breast cancer, announced she was stepping down as CEO to focus more on strategy and revenue growth.
The reshuffling of Susan G. Komen’s top officials will also include President Liz Thompson leaving next month and board members Brenda Lauderback and Linda Law also announcing their intention to depart.
According to Brinker, the reorganization has nothing to do with last winter’s decision instituted by Handel to stop funding Planned Parenthood, which the woman’s services supporters alleged was political because of an investigation of the group by an anti-abortion Republican congressman.
However, it’s no secret that a number of Komen affiliates have complained that the controversy has caused a substantial drop-off in donations to Race for the Cure, the pink-ribboned event that Komen is best known for.
At the time Handel resigned, Brinker said, “We have made mistakes in how we have handled recent decisions and take full accountability for what has resulted, but we cannot take our eye off the ball when it comes to our mission.”
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