AT&T’s death grab knows no bounds….as Network World tells it:
Former AT&T executive Gail McGovern … walked into a messy situation in 2008 (at the Red Cross) and has served as CEO since … Not only has McGovern failed to turn around the financial fortunes of Red Cross, but her management organization’s style has hurt morale and limited the charity’s effectiveness in aiding Americans, according to a ProPublica report.
Still, as ProPublica points out, “McGovern recruited more than 10 former AT&T executives to top positions” — the sort of thing that smacks of the old boy network that traditional telecom giants are notorious for. Some dubbed Red Cross the “AT&T retirement program.”
What’s more, you might think an executive from a tech company like AT&T might help Red Cross become more technically savvy. But ProPublica reports that the organization has been hurt in part because it “bungled a software project” in its key blood division and fell behind in blood labeling processes.