Interim CAUW leader focused on allocations
J. Richard Williams, the new interim CEO of Capital Area United Way, is spending his first day on the job making sure the organization's allocation process "goes through seamlessly" and that partner agencies receive their annual allocations on time. "That's our top priority right now," says Williams, a retired executive of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, who is temporarily taking over operations at CAUW in the wake of Karen Profita's resignation. Profita stepped down Thursday afternoon after a three-year tenure at the organization that was characterized by successes in the areas of fundraising and public perception but marked by internal turmoil and high staff turnover. Williams says in the coming weeks he will be looking at the organization "from the top down to the bottom … and trying to assess what we're doing and [whether we are] doing it in the most efficient and effective way." Williams spent 34 years at BCBS of Louisiana, with the last five years spent heading the company's nonprofit foundation, where he was involved with philanthropy and community relations. —Stephanie Riegel
Editor's note: This story has been changed since its original publication.
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