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GlobalCenter president resigns

The top executive at the Web hosting unit of Global Crossing resigns, marking the latest in a series of recent senior management changes at the company.

The former top executive at GlobalCenter, the Web hosting unit of Global Crossing, resigned today, marking the latest in a series of recent senior management changes at the company.

Don Detampel, president of GlobalCenter, stepped down to pursue other interests after 14 months at the helm, according to a spokeswoman.

Detampel, who cited a personal desire to return to his Denver home, is expected to continue his duties for about two weeks before leaving. He led the unit until the arrival of current chief Leo Hindery.

Detampel's departure comes on the heels of another recent management change at the Web hosting firm. Paul Santinelli, vice president of technology and applications at GlobalCenter, is expected to assume a new role within the company's current parent Global Crossing, reporting to founder and president David Lee.

A slew of new executives have also been brought on by the recently appointed Hindery, a well-known veteran of the cable television industry.

Among the new executives, many of whom have been appointed to new positions rather than replacing existing executives, are: Derek Chang, the company's new chief financial officer; Mark Coleman, executive vice president and general counsel; and Grace de Latour, executive vice president of human resources.

Hindery also has installed: David Krone, executive vice president of communications and marketing; Laurie Priddy, executive vice president of systems and applications; Bruce Stewart, senior vice president of development; and Barbara Wood, executive vice president and chief administrative officer.

Many of these new executives originate from AT&T and Tele-Communications (TCI), Hindery's former employers.

The changes raise questions about the leadership of Hindery. He joined GlobalCenter in December after leaving AT&T's cable and broadband unit. Hindery's relationship with AT&T chief executive C. Michael Armstrong reportedly left something to be desired. Hindery also clashed with former Excite@Home chief executive Tom Jermoluk.

GlobalCenter declined to make executives available for comment.

Hindery was brought on board to help lead the unit as Global Crossing, a Bermuda-based communications company, considers spinning it off as a separate public company.

GlobalCenter, which hosts Web sites for some of the Internet's largest companies, competes against Exodus Communications, AboveNet Communications and others. Analysts expect the Web hosting and outsourced data center and application service provider (ASP) markets to continue exploding as more Internet companies burst on the scene.

International Data Corp. expects the Web hosting market to reach $1.8 billion by the end of 1999.

Stock in Global Crossing has climbed steadily since September and closed today at 48.5. Shares have traded as high as 64.25 and as low as 20.25 in the past year.

News.com's Ben Heskett contributed to this report.