By Andrew Scurria
The Boy Scouts of America hired a former energy executive as chief executive, reaching for an external leader as the organization struggles to attract a new generation of youth and navigate a wave of sex-abuse lawsuits.
The organization’s national executive board named Roger Mosby, the longtime top human-resources officer at energy company Kinder Morgan Inc. /zigman2/quotes/208455654/composite KMI -0.90% , as CEO and president, according to a memo sent Sunday to Boy Scouts volunteers.
His hiring comes at a crisis point for the Boy Scouts as the group faces a growing number of lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct by employees and volunteers, fueled by state laws that have extended the statute of limitations for victims to sue.
The organization is also confronting declining membership numbers and shifting cultural norms that are testing its place in American society. To stay relevant, in recent years it has opened its doors to girls, transgender youth and gay scout leaders. Some of those efforts have alienated one of its core partners, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is officially parting ways with the Boy Scouts on Tuesday.
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