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Force10 VP Walks to Woven

At least one of the departing Force10 Networks Inc. executives has found a new home, as Michael Langley is being named vice president of sales at Woven Systems Inc.

Langley, formerly Force10's vice president of North American sales, is one of three executives who have left recently. The others were VP of finance Gary Arango and vice president of worldwide sales Mark Cooper. (See Force10 Hit By VP Exodus.)

Before that, vice president of marketing Andrew Feldman, under SEC scrutiny, left the company citing personal reasons. And Force10 swapped out CFOs last year, bringing in Karen Blasing to replace Ralph Harms, who's now working with chip firm Transmeta Corp. (See Feldman Out at Force10 and Force10 Names CFO.)

All this movement is curious, because Force10 is assumed to be readying an initial public offering -- which might explain the CFO changes but makes the other departures look odd.

A competitor to Force10, Woven sells a 10-Gbit/s Ethernet fabric aimed at the data center. (See Woven Readies 10-Gig Switch.)

Woven officials, attending the Interop show in Las Vegas this week, weren't immediately available for comment. Langley wasn't either, as he's taking time off before officially starting at Woven, a Woven spokeswoman says.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 3:08:02 PM
re: Force10 VP Walks to Woven Well, that's one found.

Mark Cooper -- 'you out there? Care to tell us what your next gig is?
Iipoed 12/5/2012 | 3:08:02 PM
re: Force10 VP Walks to Woven Not curious at all these losers leaving. They vested their options, nothing else to stick around for. The VCs probably pushed these guys out since sales were going nowhere with unmotivated leadership.
Greener Grass 12/5/2012 | 3:07:57 PM
re: Force10 VP Walks to Woven I believe Woven has Goldman Sachs and Palomar as investors. Instead of making statements, maybe Light Reading could talk to some of these investors to see what they have to say about the more visible start ups after the dice have stopped rolling.
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