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Komen President Resigning, Founder Shifting Roles

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DALLAS (AP) — The president of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is resigning and founder Nancy Brinker is moving away from day-to-day management as fallout from the foundation’s brief decision to end Planned Parenthood funding reaches its highest ranks.

Komen issued a statement Wednesday saying President Liz Thompson will leave next month and Brinker will assume a role more focused on fundraising and strategic planning.

It’s the latest fallout since news emerged in January that Komen decided to eliminate its funding for Planned Parenthood. Komen reversed that decision after a three-day firestorm, but it didn’t quell the criticism.

At least five other high-ranking executives also have resigned.

Brinker founded the Dallas-based organization in 1982, two years after her sister, Susan G. Komen, died of breast cancer. Thompson has been president since 2010.

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