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Avici Sets Management Changes, Shares Fall Sharply


Shares of

Avici Systems


plummeted in the wake of the company's management changes announced this morning.

The company lately lost $4.63, or 18.8%, to $19.94 in trading on the


. The shares have a 52-week low of $16.25 and a high for the year of $174.50.

The North Billerica, Mass., company, which develops high-speed networking technology, named Chief Executive Surya Panditi to the position of co-chairman. Steve Kaufman, Avici's chief operating officer, will become president. Both moves were effective Jan. 1. Panditi previously served as the company's president.

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Panditi was vice president and general manager at

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prior to joining Avici in June 1997. Kaufman, who joined Avici last July, was previously president of



multiservice core networks division. He held a variety of management roles at


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before joining Lucent.