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Susan G. Komen Founder Nancy G. Brinker To Step Down As CEO

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Following the public uproar over the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation’s decision to cut funding for Planned Parenthood — the organization that provides birth control, abortions, and other women’s health services — Komen’s leadership is now starting to see a big shakeup.

On Wednesday, Komen announced that Nancy G. Brinker, the organization’s founder and CEO, will be stepping down from her position. However, Brinker will be sticking around with the organization, this time in the role of chair of the Komen Board Executive Committee. The shift in roles for Brinker will take place when a new CEO is found, the organization said.

“I was asked by the Board in 2009 to assume the CEO role,” Brinker said in a statement. “Three years into that role, and 32 years after my promise to my sister to end breast cancer, I want to focus on Susan G. Komen’s global mission and raising resources to bring our promise to women all around the world.”

That wasn’t the extent of the shakeup at Komen. The organization also announced that Brenda Lauderback and Linda Law, who both served on Komen’s board of directors since 2008 and 2009 respectively, will be leaving the board of directors. Additionally, it was announced that Komen president Liz Thompson will be leaving the company in September.

“The legacy will continue,” Thompson said in a statement. “It has been a privilege and an honor to serve in this role.”

Do you think the shakeup in Komen’s leadership is enough to repair the organization’s image?

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