Another High-Profile Exit for Komen

President Liz Thompson is stepping down, Nancy Brinker gets new role
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2012 12:02 AM CDT
Updated Aug 9, 2012 3:50 AM CDT
Komen Foundation Prez Quits
"It's not cleaning house, it's an evolution," Brinker says.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, file)

There's major new shakeup at the very top of the nation's largest breast cancer charity in the wake of its short-lived decision to cut its ties with Planned Parenthood. Susan G. Komen for the Cure president Liz Thompson is stepping down, and founder and current CEO Nancy Brinker plans to shift to a different role, reports the Wall Street Journal. The charity reversed its Planned Parenthood split within days after a public uproar, but several top execs stepped down soon afterward, and the controversy has led to significantly lower turnout at its fundraising runs and walks.

Brinker will focus on revenue creation and global growth in her new role, CNN reports. "Our mission is clear and consistent, and will never change, regardless of the controversy earlier this year," she said in a statement. She says the leadership shakeup is "not cleaning house; it's an evolution." Thompson, who has not yet secured another job, admitted to leaving her post of four years with a "heavy heart," but said that the "time is right," as she had achieved a major goal: boosting the group's grant-making strategy. (More Nancy Brinker stories.)

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