Married Red Cross President Ousted Over Relationship With Subordinate Employee

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The American Red Cross has ousted its president over a relationship with a subordinate.

In a statement, the Red Cross said it asked for and received Mark Everson's resignation Tuesday after learning that he had engaged in a "personal relationship" with a subordinate employee.

It said the resignation is effective immediately.

Everson, who is married with two children, took the job in May as the charity sought to restructure itself after sharp criticism of its response to Hurricane Katrina.

The statement said the relationship "reflected poor judgment" and diminished Everson's ability to lead the organization.

The Red Cross' board has appointed the charity's general counsel as interim president and CEO while a search committee looks for a new leader.