Craig Benson, the embattled chairman, president and CEO of Cabletron Systems, resigned last month from the company he co-founded in a New England garage more than 15 years ago.

Benson is passing the CEO torch over to Piyush Patel, Cabletron’s senior vice-president of worldwide engineering and former CEO of YAGO Systems, a router start-up that Cabletron acquired last year.

Benson shared some departing thoughts with Network World (US) senior editor Jim Duffy.