C&L: EarthLink CEO takes medical leave

EarthLink's president and CEO Charles "Garry" Betty is taking an indefinite leave of absence to battle cancer. The Atlanta-based ISP said Betty, who is 49 years old, was diagnosed Monday with "a serious form of cancer," but didn't specify further. Mike Lunsford will immediately take over Betty's day-to-day work. Lunsford has served until now as EVP of voice and access, but will now be interim CEO. Since his appointment in 1996, Betty has accomplished several milestones for EarthLink, including its IPO in 1997 and its merger with long-time rival MindSpring in 2000. Betty also served as a director of EarthLink's MVNO, Helio.

For more on EarthLink's Garry Betty:
- take a look at this press release