A Shot In The Arm For 3 Com

BELEAGUERED NETWORKING GIANT 3Com scored a recruiting coup on July 15. The company announced that PC industry veteran Bruce Claflin will join 3Com as president and chief operating officer, reporting to Chairman and CEO Eric Benhamou. Claflin, 46, most recently a top exec at Digital Equipment, made his name at IBM by launching the successful ThinkPad line of notebook computers. For 3Com, which has suffered declining earnings since its takeover of U.S. Robotics, Claflin's operational skills and renown for courting customers could be a much-needed shot in the arm.

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