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Red Cross president ousted over relationship with a subordinate employee

NEW YORK (AP) - The American Red Cross ousted its president, Mark Everson, on Tuesday after learning that he had engaged in a "personal relationship" with a subordinate employee.

Everson, the former commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, took the Red Cross job last May as the charity sought to restructure itself after sharp criticism of its response to Hurricane Katrina.

In a statement, the Red Cross said asked for and received Everson's resignation, effective immediately, after learning of the relationship.

"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. It did not identify the other employee.

The Red Cross board of governors appointed Mary S. Elcano, the charity's general counsel, as interim president and CEO.

"Although this is difficult and disappointing news for the Red Cross community, the organization remains strong and the life-saving mission and work of the American Red Cross will go forward," said the board's chair, Bonnie McElveen-Hunter.

She said a search committee has been formed to seek a new leader.

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