The American Red Cross announced Tuesday that its Board of Governors asked for and received the resignation of President and CEO Mark W. Everson, effective immediately, after learning that Everson had engaged in a "personal relationship" with a subordinate.
Everson, who served as Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service for four years, moved to the Red Cross last May, when the huge charity was responding to criticism of its actions after the Katrina disaster.
In a statement, the Red Cross said its board of governors sought Everson's resignation after learning within the past two weeks of the relationship with a woman on the Red Cross staff. "It concluded that the situation reflected poor judgment on Mr. Everson's part and diminished his ability to lead the organization in the future," the statement said. The woman was not identified, the Associated Press says.
Everson, who is married and has two children, the AP reports, said in a statement released by the Red Cross, "I am resigning for personal and family reasons, and deeply regret it is impossible for me to continue a job so recently undertaken. I leave with extraordinary admiration for the American Red Cross, the service its men and women provide our nation, and for the humanitarian work of the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement across the world."
The Board of the Red Cross has appointed Mary S. Elcano, General Counsel, as interim President and CEO.