Tony Copeland, BTI Telecom’s executive vice president and general counsel, announced his resignation from the company Tuesday, saying he wanted to pursue personal interests. His resignation is effective beginning May 1.

Published reports say that the 45-year-old Copeland, who was not immediately available for comment, plans to spend the summer with his wife and two children.

“The timing is right for me,” Copeland says in a prepared statement. “BTI has come through a challenging period in the telecommunications industry and is now well-positioned for success.”

This is the second long-time company executive to leave BTI in the last five months. Brian Branson, former chief financial officer for BTI, also cited the pursuit of personal interests when he stepped down last December. The company later replaced Branson with new CFO J.W. Braukman III, former senior finance officer for General Electric.

The changes at Raleigh’s homegrown telecom have been swift and severe. Beside the resignations of both Branson and Copeland, the company chief executive officer and founder Peter Loftin officially was replaced by former cable industry executive Joseph Cece.