Infoseek leadership in upheaval

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Infoseek Corp. CEO Robin Johnson resigned unexpectedly Tuesday. Former CNN Interactive executive Harry Motro, who was named president of Infoseek earlier this month, will replace Mr. Johnson. Executives at the company said Mr. Johnson's resignation came as a surprise, although a spokesman said he had begun "relinquishing his responsibilities" over the past month.

When he was hired as president, Mr. Motro assumed responsibility for Infoseek's marketing and sales operations. Mr. Motro, however, was not offered the CEO position when he initially joined the search engine company. Leonard LeBlanc, formerly chief financial officer, was named chief operating officer, a new position. Mr. Johnson will serve as a consultant to Infoseek for the next few months. He joined the company in 1995. Steve Kirsch founded Santa Clara, Calif.-based Infoseek in January 1994.

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