Current Weather
The Spy FM

After Long Search, Komen Foundation Replaces Brinker As CEO

Filed by KOSU News in Health.
June 17, 2013

The Komen Foundation for the Cure has a new chief executive.

Dr. Judith Salerno, 61, a geriatrician, is replacing Nancy Brinker, the philanthropy’s founder and longtime CEO, the group said Monday.

“Judy’s years of proven leadership in public policy and research make her the right choice to lead all aspects of Komen’s mission,” said Linda Custard, chair of the Komen board, in a statement.

Salerno has been executive officer at the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences.

In late 2011, the foundation was plunged into controversy when it moved to stop making grants to Planned Parenthood. The decision, though quickly reversed, led to a backlash against the group.

At the time, Komen said it was cutting its support for Planned Parenthood because of a new Komen policy forbidding funding of organizations under official investigation. A House committee had launched an inquiry into Planned Parenthood’s finances.

Participation in some of the group’s fundraising walks has fallen. Earlier this month, Komen said it was cancelling future walks in seven cities.

Last summer, Brinker said she would step aside, and the foundation began a search for her replacement.

Brinker will retain her lifetime membership on the Komen board, spokeswomen Andrea Rader tells Shots. Brinker will also work on global strategy for the foundation. “She’s been really active in global work for about 10 years,” Rader says. Brinker will continue to work with international cancer organizations and to work on fundraising and development, Rader says. [Copyright 2013 NPR]

Leave a Reply

5AM to 9AM Morning Edition

Morning Edition

For more than two decades, NPR's Morning Edition has prepared listeners for the day ahead with two hours of up-to-the-minute news, background analysis, commentary, and coverage of arts and sports.

Listen Live Now!

9AM to 10AM The Takeaway

The Takeaway

A fresh alternative in morning news, "The Takeaway" provides a breadth and depth of world, national and regional news coverage that is unprecedented in public media.

View the program guide!

10AM to 11PM On Point

On Point

On Point unites distinct and provocative voices with passionate discussion as it confronts the stories that are at the center of what is important in the world today. Leaving no perspective unchallenged, On Point digs past the surface and into the core of a subject, exposing each of its real world implications.

View the program guide!

Upcoming Events in your area (Submit your event today!)

Streaming audio and podcasts

Stream KOSU on your smartphone

Phone Streaming

SmartPhone listening options on this page are intended for many iPhones, Blackberries, etc. with low-cost software applications available to listen to our full-time web streams, both News on KOSU-1 and Classical on KOSU-2.

Learn more about our complete range of streaming services

We're perfecting the patient experience - Stillwater Medical Center