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November 19, 2015

Review Reveals Leadership Split at Clinton Health Charity

Clinton Health Access Initiative chief executive Ira C. Magaziner came in for harsh criticism from the charity's board in a performance review this year, revealing divisions at the top of the Clinton Foundation's largest offshoot, according to The New York Times.

The review catalogs accusations of "paranoia," "lack of transparency," and "disdain" for board members on the part of Mr. Magaziner, a longtime friend and policy adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton. A separate organizational analysis indicated that efforts are under way to consider a successor, although it noted that Mr. Magaziner has no near-term plans to leave CHAI, as the health group is known.

Two unnamed sources with knowledge of the review process told the Times it was initiated by Chelsea Clinton, who serves on the nine-member CHAI board and has steadily gained influence within the Clinton Foundation since joining it in 2011. Another person who is close to Ms. Clinton denied this, saying she was no more involved than other board members.

Mr. Magaziner has led CHAI since it was launched in 2002. The reviews, which were conducted early this year, also praise him as a "visionary" in the field of global health. In an interview, Mr. Magaziner said Ms. Clinton is "a good board member" with whom he sometimes disagrees, adding, "From my perspective, that's fine. I don’t have a problem with Chelsea Clinton."