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Affiliated Computer Services, caught in a bitter battle between members of the company’s board and its chairman, said in a statement Nov. 1 that five board members had resigned after initially refusing to do so.

Darwin Deason, chairman and founder of outsourcing provider ACS, asked for the five board members’ resignations verbally the evening of Nov. 30, board members said, and he asked again on Nov. 1 in a letter obtained by the Wall Street Journal.

Deason claimed in the letter that company shareholders no longer trusted the five-member board of independent directors.

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In March of 2007, Deason and Cerberus Capital Management, a private equity firm, made a bid to purchase ACS, based in Dallas, for $8.2 billion. The board created a special committee to evaluate Cerberus’ offer, but ultimately rejected the bid as too low. Unisys, another potential buyer, according to sources briefed on the matter, was derided by Deason as not being a serious bidder.

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