TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: EarthLink CEO Dead at Age 49

EarthLink CEO Dead at Age 49

Associated Press News Wire (
Wed, 03 Jan 2007 14:10:41 -0600

Garry Betty, the president and chief executive of EarthLink Inc., has
died from complications of cancer, the Internet service provider said
Wednesday. He was 49.

Betty joined EarthLink in 1996 and oversaw the company's growth from a
regional ISP with 500,000 subscribers to a national service provider
with more than 5 million. He took a medical leave of absence in
November. Atlanta-based EarthLink released no other information on his

"Garry was instrumental in building EarthLink into the company it is
today," company Chairman Robert M. Kavner said in a statement.

EarthLink said Mike Lunsford will remain interim CEO.

Prior to joining EarthLink, Betty served as CEO of Digital
Communications Associates Inc. -- and was at the time the youngest CEO
of a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Betty, a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, began his
career at IBM Corp., and won the IBM President's Excellence Award in
1982 for his work on the original IBM PC.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press.

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