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Tom Adams, chief executive of Rosetta Stone, at the company's headquarters in Arlington. Adams has said he plans to step down as soon as the company finds a suitable successor. (Jeffrey MacMillan/Capital Business)

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Rosetta Stone

The foreign language softwaremaker is known for those canary yellow boxes on sale at mall kiosks, but it has expanded its products in recent years to include more online and interactive products. Still, U.S. sales have been sluggish of late. Leadership at the company is about to change. In October, chief executive Tom Adams said he would step down to become chairman once the company finds a suitable successor.

Trivia

Rosetta Stone funds grants aimed at preserving endangered languages. "Children of the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana and children attending Navajo Nation schools throughout Arizona, New Mexico and Utah are now learning their heritage language using Rosetta Stone software," according to the company's Web site.

1919 N. Lynn Street, Suite 700

Arlington Va., 22209

703-387-5800

http://www.rosettastone.com/

Founded: 1992

CEO: Tom Adams

Revenue: $545,570

Assets: $3,045,820

Employees (local): 1,878 (228)

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