Mark Everson, who forged a reputation for bolstering enforcement policies during his four-year tenure as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, will need to import that tough posture as the new president and chief executive of the American Red Cross.Everson, 52, was named to helm the disaster relief agency last month. When he officially assumes his new post on May 29, he will be at the helm of an organization that over the past several years has been beset by a series of high-level resignations, messy internal politics and a hail of criticism for its glacial response to Hurricane Katrina.

Everson, who succeeded Charles Rossotti at the IRS, focused his attention on enhancing the agency's enforcement activities, including, most notably, a nationwide crackdown on abusive tax shelters and non-compliance, while also boosting the number of field auditors.

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