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HDS UK and Ireland vice president Steve Murphy has resigned and is set to head up sales at Hewlett-Packard.
Murphy joined HDS as UK managing director in 2007, two years later he was made vice president and his responsibilities expanded further last July to include the Middle East, Turkey and Africa.
Prior to arriving at HDS, Murphy spent four years at EMC with half his time running the software group and the other half managing the UK. He was sales director at Fujitsu Siemens and ran the energy, transport and retail verticals at Sun Microsystems.
Murphy confirmed to MicroScope that he is due to become vice president of sales for the UK and Ireland from 1 April, reporting to HP UK boss Nick Wilson.
"I've loved my four year at HDS, great people, good fun and we did the numbers as well but I go to another great company," he told MicroScope.
He will "own the whole UK revenue lines" and said "the biggest task that I've got is to unify the messages in one place and take it to market".
The sales role he moves into was left vacant by Martin Hess at the beginning HP's new fiscal year starting November. In a sideways move, Hess is now running UK sales organisation for enterprise services, formerly EDS.
"Murphy has a deep background in the server and storage markets, he has sold big ticket products and has the right credentials for an enterprise role within HP," said one source.