Mark W. Everson
Mark Whitty Everson (born September 10, 1954) served as a cabinet member for Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels from January 2009 to May 2012, where he served as Department of Administration Commissioner. Currently, Everson serves the State of Indiana as Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development, a post he has held since May 2010.
In August 2009, Everson joined alliantgroup, LP, a national tax advisory firm, as Vice Chairman, advising the firm and its clients on matters related to the IRS and on strategic, operational, and client service initiatives.
Public service and business experience
Everson was a cabinet member for Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels from January 2009 to May 2012, where he served initially as Department of Administration Commissioner. From 2010-2012, Everson served as the Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development, where he oversaw the state’s unemployment system and federal training programs. In this role, Everson began a program that was endorsed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Indiana Manufacturers Association that helped qualifying ex-offenders realize employment opportunities (http://www.ibj.com/state-launches-program-to-help-employ-exoffenders/PARAMS/article/29096).
Prior to his service in Indiana, Everson was appointed by President George W. Bush to a five-year term as Commissioner of Internal Revenue, the head of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on 1 May 2003 as the 46th commissioner since the position was created in 1862. Areas of particular focus during his tenure with the IRS included combating abusive tax shelters and the development of more productive enforcement relationships with counterpart tax authorities in other countries (http://www.irs.gov/uac/KPMG-to-Pay-$456-Million-for-Criminal-Violations). Everson left the IRS effective May 4, 2007, before the end of his term to join the American Red Cross as its new CEO. Deputy commissioner Kevin Brown assumed the position of Acting Commissioner.
From August 1, 2002 until his IRS confirmation, Everson served as deputy director for management for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). He chaired the President's Management Council, which is composed of cabinet department and major agency chief operating officers. The council is charged with improving overall executive branch management, including implementation of the President's Management Agenda. Before becoming deputy director for management, he served as controller of the Office of Federal Financial Management, also a part of OMB.
Prior to joining the Bush administration in August 2001, he was group vice president of finance at SC International Services, Inc., at the time a $2 billion privately owned, Dallas-based, food services company with leading market positions in both airline catering and home meals. From 1988 until 1998, he was an executive with the Pechiney Group, one of France's largest industrial groups. While with Pechiney, he held various financial and operating positions in the United States, France and Turkey.
Everson also served in the Reagan administration from 1982 until 1988 holding several positions at the United States Information Agency and the Department of Justice, where he was deputy commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. While at INS, he oversaw implementation of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, landmark legislation providing for sanctions against employers hiring illegal immigrants and granting amnesty to qualifying illegal immigrants.
American Red Cross
On April 18, 2007, The Board of Governors of the American Red Cross unanimously approved Everson as President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross, effective May 29, 2007.
On November 27, 2007, the American Red Cross Board of Governors asked for and received the resignation of President and CEO Mark W. Everson, effective immediately. The Board acted quickly after learning that Everson engaged in a personal relationship with a subordinate employee resulting in a pregnancy. It concluded that the situation constituted poor judgment on Everson’s part and diminished his ability to lead the organization in the future.
The New York Post reports that the "personal relationship" was with a married woman, Paige Roberts, mother of Winston and Quincy Roberts, CEO of the Southeast Mississippi Red Cross chapter. Both Everson and Roberts have since divorced from their respective spouses. The pair became parents of a boy named Oliver in 2008.
- IRS Commissioner Joins alliantgroup"www.alliantgroup.com"
- IRS Commissioner Mark Everson to Head American Red Cross Bloomberg.com
- Red Cross Dismisses President, Citing Relationship The New York Times November 27, 2007
Crenshaw, Albert B. "IRS to Tell Taxpayers Of Frozen Refunds", www.washingtonpost.com. Page D01. January 25, 2006. Block, Sandra. "IRS Quietly Freezes Many Refunds", USA Today. January 10, 2006. http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/taxes/2006-01-10-irs-freezing-refunds_x.htm http://www.ombwatch.org/article/blogs/entry/1461/3 "Everson: IRS Will Review Frozen Refund Program" http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=153813,00.html http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/27/washington/27taxes.html "I.R.S. Going Slow Before Election" NY Times
- http://www.axmo.com/profile_blog.php interview with mark everson
- Red Cross Official website
- Interview with new American Red Cross CEO Mark Everson