Comment From OBI Chair Scott Parrish
"When vague allegations were raised about OBI President Mark Johnson by a former employee, the executive committee retained an experienced outside investigator to thoroughly review and evaluate them. The details of the investigator’s report are privileged, but the investigator did not find any pattern of misconduct. However, the full executive committee has learned that, on one occasion in a private meeting, Mr. Johnson made an inappropriate comment that, regardless of any joking intent, is unacceptable and wholly inconsistent with OBI’s values and the values of its members. At its meeting Tuesday evening, the OBI executive committee was informed of the inappropriate comment, and reached the unanimous decision to ask Mr. Johnson to step down as CEO.
Ginny Lang – a respected former executive with CenturyLink, a long-time AOI board member and veteran of more than 30 years working on public policy in Salem on behalf of Oregon businesses – will serve as interim president while a search for a new CEO is conducted.”