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March 02, 2015

Turf Wars Blamed for Clinton Foundation CEO's Abrupt Exit

Infighting at the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation over former chief executive Eric Braverman's efforts to impose greater management discipline contributed to his sudden departure in January after 18 months on the job, foundation sources tell Politico.

Citing interviews with unnamed current and former staffers, donors, and others in the foundation's orbit, the magazine says longtime Clinton loyalists who helped launch and run the $2-billion global philanthropy chafed at Mr. Braverman's reforms to tighten governance and budgeting and more rigorously vet donors, highlighting internal tensions as Chelsea Clinton's influence at the foundation grows.

Mr. Braverman was hired in mid-2013 from management consultancy McKinsey & Company, where he had worked with the former first daughter. He referred Politico's requests for comment to the foundation, which pointed to an official statement issued when he resigned in which Mr. Braverman thanked the organization and the Clintons praised his leadership.