Anthony Naughtin, a co-found of Internap Network Services Corp., has resigned from the company’s board of directors, effective Jan. 9, to take the reigns of another firm.

Naughtin recently became CEO of Seattle-based Network Clarity, an early stage company founded in 2002 by fellow Internap co-founder Christopher Wheeler. Network Clarity provides technology that automates network device configuration and overall policy control in large enterprise networks.

“On behalf of the board and Internap employees, I would like to thank Tony for his vital contribution to the creation and development of Internap,” said Greg Peters, president and chief executive officer of Internap. “We wish Tony continued success with Network Clarity.”

Naughtin co-founded Internap in 1996 and served as the company’s first president and CEO until August of 2001, and as a director since 1997. He had notified the company last fall of his intention to resign sometime in the first quarter of 2004.

“With the company now achieving an unprecedented level of financial viability and fundamental strength, any remaining goals left for me to assist with have now been completed, my personal commitments fulfilled,” Naughtin said in a prepared statement. “I will continue to be the company’s biggest supporter and outside cheerleader. The intelligent routing services uniquely provided by Internap will continue to take an increasingly prominent role over time, as the Internet fulfills its potential of becoming the ubiquitous network for nearly all forms of content, communication and technology services.”

The board nominating committee of Atlanta-based Internap, which provides routing services over the Internet, is currently evaluating a list of candidates to fill the vacated position.