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Greenpeace hires chief – Board resigned months ago

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Greenpeace U.S.A. has hired a new executive director, and may merge with the organization they hired him from, the New York Times reported August 7.

John Passacatando is a co-founder and the current executive director of Ozone Action, a small environmental group with only a dozen staff members and a budget of $1.3 million.

Passacatando is preparing to take the reins at one of the best-known environmental groups in the world, with a budget of about $20 million. Greenpeace U.S.A. is currently in crisis, however – its entire board resigned several months ago amid disputes about internal organization, staffing and overall direction.

No decision has been made about the merger, Passacatando told the Times that the groups share something important. Both use attention-grabbing theatrics, in the streets or on the high seas, in support of their objectives.

Passacatando founded Ozone Action in 1993 with Greenpeace veteran Karen Lohr.

For full story, go to the New York Times.

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