4 March 1957|
Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.
|Died||2 January 2007
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
|Alma mater||Georgia Institute of Technology|
|Occupation||CEO and President of EarthLink (1996–2007)|
|Home town||Columbus, GA|
|Spouse(s)||Kathy Betty (?-2007)|
|Relatives||Rena Lane (sister)|
Charles Garrett "Garry" Betty (March 4, 1957 – January 2, 2007) was President and CEO of EarthLink, a large American Internet service provider, from 1996 until his death. During his leadership of EarthLink, Betty grew the customer base from just under 100,000 members to over 5,000,000.
Early life and education
Betty was born in Huntsville, Alabama and grew up in Columbus, Georgia. He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia where he received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1979.
Cancer diagnosis and death
EarthLink reported in a press release on November 21, 2006 (also reported by major news agencies including the Wall Street Journal) that Betty had been diagnosed with a serious form of cancer which required him to take an undetermined leave of absence. The company announced that the Board of Directors named Mike Lunsford, Vice-President of Voice and Access, as interim CEO. EarthLink announced on January 3, 2007 that Betty had died at the age of 49 from complications of adrenal cortical cancer.
- Richtel, Matt (January 4, 2007). "Garry Betty, 49, Chief of the Internet Provider EarthLink, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
Garry Betty, who built the EarthLink Corporation from a struggling start-up into a public company that took on telecommunications giants, died Tuesday in Atlanta. He was 49. The cause was heart problems associated with adrenal cortical cancer, said Scott Hobby, a business associate and close family friend.
- Keefe, Bob (2006-11-22). "EarthLink: Illness Drives Leader Shuffle". Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
- "EarthLink's Garry Betty Passes Away". 2007-01-03. Archived from the original on 2007-03-11. Retrieved 2007-03-25.