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HP reverses printing and PC merger

HP is de-merging its PC and printing divisions, just five months after it combined them.

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HP is de-merging its PC and printing divisions, just five months after it combined them.

The decision to merge the two divisions was made by ousted chief executive Carly Fiorina, but her successor Mark Hurd believes the two businesses are better left separate. 

Fiorina left HP one month after making the merger decision, as part of her strategy to boost performance, even though the imaging and printing operation was already the best performing HP business.

Hurd has brought in former PalmOne chief executive Todd Bradley to run the separate PC business, which also sells personal digital assistants. Bradley left PDA company PalmOne this February. He has PC experience from working at Gateway in a senior operations role.  

Bradley has been made an executive vice-president, and Vyomesh Joshi, who had headed the combined operations, resumes his previous role as executive vice-president of the imaging and printing group.

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