Atlanta, Georgia – (Website Hosting Directory) – January 5, 2007 – EarthLink interim CEO, Mike Lunsford, will remain in the position he has held since November 27, 2006, when 49 year old Gary Betty, President and CEO, took a leave of absence, before passing away on Tuesday, January 2 due to complications from cancer.
Sky Dayton, Founder of EarthLink and CEO of Helio remarked, ”Garry was an extraordinary business partner and friend, and he will be sorely missed. Garry was at once the general you wanted at your side in battle and the friend you wanted to celebrate with when the war was won. Garry accomplished so much and made life better for so many people, that as we mourn his passing, we also celebrate his achievements. Our thoughts and prayers are with Garry’s wife, Kathy, and the rest of his family.”
Robert M. Kavner, Chairman of EarthLink’s Board of Directors added, ”We are greatly saddened by today’s news. Garry was instrumental in building EarthLink into the company it is today. He leaves behind a tremendous record of achievement and an accomplished management team committed to pursuing his strategic vision.”
Mr. Betty had been with the company since 1996. Before joining EarthLink, Garry served as CEO of Digital Communications Associates, Inc. (DCA) — the youngest CEO of a New York Stock Exchange listed company. In addition to his leadership in the Internet, financial and business worlds, Mr. Betty was an active and dedicated member of the Atlanta community. He graduated in 1979 from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. In 1993, he was named the institute’s Young Alumnus of the Year, was included on the “Top 40 Under 40″ list in Atlanta’s business community.
In 1999 he was listed as one of Upside Magazine’s “Elite 100.” In 2001, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce awarded the annual Technology Leadership Award to Mr. Betty. In 2004, he was named one of the Most Influential Atlantans by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. He was inducted into the Georgia Technology Hall of Fame in 2005. He also was a member of the Boards of Directors of Equifax, Global Payments, Inc., and the Carter Center Board of Councilors. Memorial arrangements for Mr. Betty are being made at this time. An information site and tribute to Garry with an open forum for his many friends and acquaintances has been set up at http://gbetty.earthlink.net. Mr. Betty’s family requests that those wishing to pay their respects in lieu of flowers can send donations to The Garry Betty Foundation established to further cancer research at the following address: The Garry Betty Foundation c/o EarthLink, Inc. Level A 1375 Peachtree Street Atlanta, GA 30309.
The public can also visit http://gbetty.earthlink.net or call 1-800-EARTHLINK.
As ann Internet service provider, Atlanta-based EarthLink has earned an award-winning reputation for outstanding customer service and its suite of online products and services. Serving over five million subscribers, EarthLink offers connectivity, minimal online intrusions and customizable features, using dial-up, high-speed, voice, web hosting, wireless or home networking or security.
For more information about Mr. Betty, please visit: http://gbetty.earthlink.net.
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