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HP PC unit CTO announces semi-retirement

Hewlett-Packard's (HP) chief technology officer (CTO) of its Personal Systems Group (PSG), Phil McKinney, will semi-retire at the end of the year

Hewlett-Packard's (HP) chief technology officer (CTO) of its Personal Systems Group (PSG), Phil McKinney, has announced he will be semi-retiring at the end of the year.

McKinney's announcement comes only days after the company confirmed it would keep its PC unit. HP planned to seek a buyer for its PC division as part of a major shake-up at the firm, which included selling off its mobile operating system, WebOS.

In a statement on his website, McKinney said, "This is not the traditional retirement. My definition of retirement is the freedom to write, speak, mentor, advise and teach without the restrictions of the traditional employee/corporate structure."

McKinney has worked at HP for nine years, starting as an advisor on innovation for the company.

"HP has asked me to stay on through a transition period and to ensure that a number of customer obligations are completed," he said. "I anticipate that my last official day at HP will be 31 December 2011."

HP reversed its decision to spin off the company's PC division following an internal review by CEO Meg Whitman, who replaced former head Leo Apotheker in September.

The about-turn to retain PSG reverses Apotheker's August announcement that HP would sell its PC business and concentrate on software. Shareholders reacted badly to the plans, with Apotheker consequently stepping down.

"HP objectively evaluated the strategic, financial and operational impact of spinning off PSG. It's clear after our analysis that keeping PSG within HP is right for customers and partners, right for shareholders and right for employees," said Whitman in a statement.

 

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