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EMC Global Sales Chief Quits

Data storage giant EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) lost a key sales executive this week, in the wake of reports that other sales folk have recently jumped ship.

Michael Ruffolo, head of global sales and marketing, resigned Tuesday to join Akamai Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AKAM), which makes Web content delivery software.

Ruffolos departure follows rumors that several EMC sales folk have moved to archrival Hitachi Data Systems -- the new kid on the block that’s undercutting EMC on deals and generally giving the storage giant a run for its money.

“They [EMC] are accusing us of pinching their sales staff,” says Jodi Reinman, corporate communications manager at HDS. “We are not pinching them; they are just leaving.” Reinman was unable to confirm how many sales employees have left EMC to join HDS.

EMC had not returned calls regarding the resignations by press time.