CRAIG BENSON JUST WASN'T READY TO FADE AWAY. On Mar. 30, the Cabletron Systems chairman pushed aside his handpicked successor and reassumed control of the networking company he co-founded. The move came a week after Cabletron posted its first-ever quarterly loss, of $6.3 million. While praising CEO Donald Reed's strategic skills, Benson told analysts, "I can make smart decisions and implement a lot faster than he possibly could." Still, some expect tough times ahead. "What Cabletron really needs is a new culture," says David Passmore of NetReference. Maybe one with less hubris?

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