French fills in as Red Cross CEO

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe local Red Cross has been in chaos since September, when it was discovered that then-CEO Angie Turner had hired a convicted embezzler as her top fundraising officer. The ensuing personnel fallout resulted in the resignation or dismissal of multiple executives, and numerous lawsuits against the chapter and Turner. Questions about Turner’s leadership dredged up her conviction and imprisonment from the 1980s for her involvement in an international heroin ring, which was unknown to all but two board members. Turner resigned in early February, and French becomes the fifth person to hold the interim CEO position. Red Cross officials and community leaders say he is an excellent choice for the six to eight months it will take to find a permanent CEO. “He’s the kind of person that an important organization like the Red Cross needs to come back from the experiences they’ve had to deal with the past several months,” said Darryl Dunn, general manager of the Rose Bowl and a former Red Cross board member. Don McIntyre, the former Pasadena city manager who led a blue ribbon committee that assessed the chapter’s management problems, said French was “probably the most logical appointment, from my perspective.” French is taking the helm of a chapter where donations have dropped about 30 percent in the current fiscal year. It faces operating deficits in the next year, too. French is not in a “caretaker” position, said board Chairman Michael Zoeller, and will have his “hands full with putting the Red Cross back on track.” But he has the Red Cross experience and the respect of the community to make that happen, Zoeller said. French said there is a perception in the community – partially deserved, he said – that the Red Cross has used bad judgment with employment issues and Hurricane Katrina fundraising. Trust is the most important aspect of any relationship, French said, and the community must trust the Red Cross enough to support it. He said he’ll earn it back by calling for greater relevance to the community, efficiency, accountability and transparency. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Jack French, the former longtime head of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, said he hopes to restore the community’s trust and confidence in the American Red Cross when he becomes its interim CEO today. French, 68, is coming out of retirement to assist the troubled San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter of the Red Cross. French is also returning to an organization he led from 1976 to 1981 before serving for 19 years as CEO of the Tournament. French said there are many challenges facing the Red Cross, but that taking the job was the “right thing to do.” He said he has skills to “reinvent” the organization and to “try to restore the confidence of the community, and the trust and support and morale of the staff and volunteers.” last_img read more

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