EarthLink's Garry Betty Passes Away

Mike Lunsford to Continue as Interim CEO



Jan 03, 2007, 00:00 ET from EarthLink

    ATLANTA, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- EarthLink, Inc. (Nasdaq:  
 ELNK) today announced that EarthLink President and CEO Garry Betty passed
 away on Tuesday, January 2 due to complications from cancer. He was 49.
     The company also announced that Mike Lunsford will remain interim CEO,
 a position he has held since November 27, 2006, when Mr. Betty took a leave
 of absence.
     "Garry was an extraordinary business partner and friend, and he will be
 sorely missed," said Sky Dayton, founder of EarthLink and CEO of Helio.
 "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."
     "We are greatly saddened by today's news," said Robert M. Kavner,
 chairman of EarthLink's Board of Directors. "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.
     About EarthLink
     "EarthLink. We revolve around you(TM)." As the nation's next generation
 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 what every user should expect from their Internet
 experience: high-quality connectivity, minimal online intrusions and
 customizable features. Whether it's dial-up, high-speed, voice, web
 hosting, wireless or "EarthLink Extras" like home networking or security,
 EarthLink connects people to the power and possibilities of the Internet.
 Learn more about EarthLink by calling (800) EARTHLINK or visiting
 EarthLink's Web site at www.EarthLink.net.
 
 

SOURCE EarthLink
    ATLANTA, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- EarthLink, Inc. (Nasdaq:  
 ELNK) today announced that EarthLink President and CEO Garry Betty passed
 away on Tuesday, January 2 due to complications from cancer. He was 49.
     The company also announced that Mike Lunsford will remain interim CEO,
 a position he has held since November 27, 2006, when Mr. Betty took a leave
 of absence.
     "Garry was an extraordinary business partner and friend, and he will be
 sorely missed," said Sky Dayton, founder of EarthLink and CEO of Helio.
 "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."
     "We are greatly saddened by today's news," said Robert M. Kavner,
 chairman of EarthLink's Board of Directors. "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.
     About EarthLink
     "EarthLink. We revolve around you(TM)." As the nation's next generation
 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 what every user should expect from their Internet
 experience: high-quality connectivity, minimal online intrusions and
 customizable features. Whether it's dial-up, high-speed, voice, web
 hosting, wireless or "EarthLink Extras" like home networking or security,
 EarthLink connects people to the power and possibilities of the Internet.
 Learn more about EarthLink by calling (800) EARTHLINK or visiting
 EarthLink's Web site at www.EarthLink.net.
 
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