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StorageTek Sales VP Scoots

Storage industry veteran Mark Ward has quietly left Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek) (NYSE: STK) after barely a year with the company -- and after just six months in charge of its North American sales.

Ward, also a former EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) executive, left StorageTek for personal and family reasons,” according to a spokesman for the tape library vendor. Mark McGuire, the VP of sales and services, will take over as acting VP of North American sales.

The StorageTek spokesman said employees were told of Ward's departure last Thursday, but no external announcement was made. The spokesman also declined to say whether there is an active search to replace Ward. “I don’t know what the next step is,” he said.

Ward joined StorageTek as VP of its ILM Solutions group last January, and was promoted to head of North American sales in July (see StorageTek Tweaks Exec Team).

Sources speculate Ward was pushed out of his sales post. Possible reasons include subpar StorageTek sales and possibly a culture clash. Like other tape companies, StorageTek’s product revenue has been soft, although Ward only held his sales VP job less than two quarters (see Services Save StorageTek and StorageTek Decries IT Spending).

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