HP merges global ops and IT information divisions


HP merges global ops and IT information divisions

Hewlett-Packard has merged its global operations and information technology divisions and named a 14-year HP veteran to lead the operation.

The changes were first announced in an internal e-mail sent on Friday by HP chairman and chief executive officer Carly Fiorina, and came after the departure of several HP executives, including former executive vice president of global operations Jeff Clarke, who resigned last month.

Gilles Bouchard will now lead the merged organisations, holding the title of executive vice president and chief information officer.  The role will combine Clarke's previous duties and those of former company CIO Bob Napier, who died in October.

Bouchard, who has experience working on HP's supply chain, customer management and e-business operations, will report to Fiorina and sit on the executive council.

More details of Bouchard's role and new organisation are expected in coming weeks.

HP also announced that Marius Haas, its former worldwide vice president of e-business strategy, planning and operations, has been named the head of strategy and corporate development for the Office of Strategy and Technology.

Haas held a similar post at Compaq before the two companies merged.

Scarlet Pruitt writes for IDG News Service

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