Komen Appoints New CEO
Susan G. Komen for the Cure, formally The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, has named a new CEO this past Monday (June 17th, 2013). Judith A. Salerno will replace the founder Nancy Brinker – who started the charity after making a promise to her dying sister who passed away from breast cancer in 1980.
Salerno is 61 and the executive director and chief operating officer of the Institute of Medicine, a non-profit organization formed in 1970 to advise the US government on issues relating to biomedical science, medicine, and health.
In a statement released by Komen, Salerno said,
“Komen’s commitment has helped countless numbers of low-income and medically underserved women and men get care they might otherwise have gone without, and Komen’s research program is one of the most highly respected in the nation.”
Salerno is described as being a good fit for Komen due to her range of experience – from community health to public policy.
Brinker, 67, announced she was stepping down last August in the wake of the Planned Parenthood controversy. In case you missed it, in late 2011 the Komen for the Cure decided to discontinue grants to Planned Parenthood, which received nearly $700,000 in 2011. The public backlash was harsh from both sides of the abortion debate so Komen decided to reverse their decision. This led to even harsher criticism and the belief that the foundation caves to public pressure.