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June 30, 2015

Nancy Brinker Shifts to Volunteer Role at Susan G. Komen

Susan G. Komen for the Cure founder Nancy Brinker is giving up her staff position at the world's largest breast-cancer charity, returning to what she called her "favorite role" as a volunteer, The Wall Street Journal reports. She announced the change Friday during a speech at Komen's annual leadership meeting.

Ms. Brinker, who served on an unpaid basis for 27 years after launching the charity, became Komen's CEO in 2009 at the request of its board. In 2013 she took a lesser position, head of global strategy, amid controversy over Komen's plan to end grants to Planned Parenthood. The charity quickly reversed the policy but saw donations drop and several top executives depart.

"I never loved having a paid position," Ms. Brinker told the Journal, calling the volunteer role "much more appropriate." She retains a lifetime seat on the charity's board of directors.