Komen Insiders Say Nancy Brinker Has No Plans to Leave

The founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Nancy Brinker, never seriously mulled leaving the nation’s biggest breast-cancer organization in the wake of the Planned Parenthood controversy, New York magazine writes in a behind-the-scenes look at the charity’s recent leadership shakeup.

Citing unnamed Komen officials and insiders, the magazine says senior management and some board members believed Ms. Brinker had to leave to undo the damage after the charity withdrew and then reinstated grants to Planned Parenthood, but that she refused.

The article also describes changes in Ms. Brinker’s personal style and politics as the Komen foundation has grown and she has become more prominent. It terms last week’s announcement that she would step down as the charity’s CEO a “pseudo-exit.” Some Komen supporters believe Ms. Brinker will continue to control the organization as a lifetime board member and chair of its executive committee.

“She’s trying to put it behind her,” a Komen official said of the Planned Parenthood flap, “but what she doesn’t get is that you can’t just decide a crisis is over because you want it over. Every big organization that’s had a major, major scandal like this — the Red Cross, United Way — saw its senior leadership change. That’s just what happens.”

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