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Force10 Hit By VP Exodus

At first it was a trickle -- now it looks like a flood. Force10 Networks Inc. has lost another three senior executives, Light Reading has learned, as the company wrestles with a drop in revenues and delayed IPO plans.

The execs who have jumped ship are: Mark Cooper, vice president of worldwide sales; Michael Langley, vice president of North American sales; and Gary Arango, vice president of finance. A Force10 spokesman confirmed that all three have left.

Sources tell Light Reading the departures happened last week. The spokesman says all three chose to leave, noting that Cooper and Langley's exits were "in the planning for a couple of quarters."

Cooper and Langley had been with the company for about four years. Arango joined Force10 about a year ago to beef up the finance division in anticipation of an IPO.

Their departures follow that of VP of marketing Andrew Feldman, who left in February citing personal reasons. Feldman won't comment on whether those reasons relate to a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) lawsuit in connection with his days at Riverstone Networks. (See Feldman Out at Force10.)

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