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Citrix Systems CEO to take leave of absence

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Citrix Systems Inc.'s President and CEO Mark Templeton will take a temporary leave of absence after the death of his 27-year-old son, the cloud computing company said Wednesday.

David Henshall, the company's chief financial officer and executive vice president of operations, will serve as acting CEO. Templeton will remain on the board of directors, the company said.

"Mark recently suffered a tragic death in his immediate family," said Thomas Bogan, the company's chairman, in a statement. "He now needs to step back from his executive responsibilities for a period of time."

Henshall joined Citrix in 2003 and oversees the company's finances and operations.

There is no set time for Templeton's return to the company, said Eric Armstrong, a Citrix spokesman. "The company and the board will respect Mark's wishes as he deals with this personal issue," he said.