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Marsha Evans steps down from Red Cross

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NEW YORK, Dec 13, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- American Red Cross President and Chief Executive Marsha Evans announced her resignation Tuesday effective at the end of December, a report said.

In a prepared statement, Evans said she intended to step down in early August but stayed on to oversee the Red Cross' Hurricane Katrina response, The New York Times reported.

While the Red Cross has been subjected to severe criticism for its Katrina relief efforts, Evans said now is the time for her to leave given that "our successful hurricane response" will continue in "steady hands."

John McGuire, executive vice president for biomedical services, was named interim head of the Red Cross.

He oversees the organization's blood operation, which has been fined repeatedly by the Food and Drug Administration for its blood collection and storage operations.

Staff members told the newspaper Evans' relationship with the demanding, micromanaging Red Cross board is the reason she decided to leave the post she took in 2004 after heading the Girl Scouts of America.


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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