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Karen Johnsen is RFE/RL’s Acting CFO and Assistant Treasurer. She has served as RFE/RL’s Comptroller since January 2020. She has 19 years of experience in financial management in the non-profit sector. She joined RFE/RL from the Washington DC based NGO Global Integrity, where she served as Managing Director, Finance and Operations. Prior to this she served as Chief Financial Officer of Aspen Art Museum for eight years. Johnsen holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting & Financial Management from Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University and a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from Colorado State University.

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Senior Leadership

RFE/RL is overseen by a Board of Directors, chaired by Ambassador Karen Kornbluh, and Senior Leadership led by President Stephen Capus.

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Stephen Capus

President & CEO

Karen Johnsen

Acting CFO and Assistant Treasurer

Nicola Careem

Vice President and Head of the News Division

Benjamin Herman

Secretary and General Counsel

Tanya Youngberg

Assistant Secretary and Deputy General Counsel

Christine Fetzko

Head of Operations

Marylin Keating

Head of Human Resources

James Landis

Head of Corporate Security

Paul Tibbitts

Head of Strategy and Corporate Development

Diane Zeleny

Head of External Affairs

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