Sawyer lands HP channel role

HP has found itself in the fortunate position that as one potential channel director quits it has another experienced hand already on board

Everyone can get cold feet and its perhaps even more of a likely prospect when it involves swapping New Zealand for the British climate.

From this to Bracknell?

Back in April HP announced that it was appointing Paul Boshoff, general manager of the printing and personal systems in New Zealand, to take up the position of UK and Ireland commercial channel director from this August.

Boshoff had spent the last eleven odd years at HP with the last five in senior positions in the New Zealand organisation and prior to that had a spell at Dell working in South Africa in a sales role at the turn of the century.

Instead of Boshoff HP has turned to former Samsung channel boss Neil Sawyer to become its UK&I commercial channel director.

Sawyer is no stranger to HP having spent a six year spell there before he moved over to Samsung back in 2008 and has been with the vendor for the past few months in a strategic partner sales manager role.

The vendor has not issued an official statement over the change of plans but George Brasher, managing director HP UK&I, did provide some comments over the latest developments.

"We can confirm that Paul Boshoff, will no longer be transitioning to HP UK&I and will be leaving HP to pursue other endeavours.  On behalf of the company we want to thank Paul for his 11 years of service and contributions and wish him all the very best," he said.

"We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Neil Sawyer as Commercial Channel Director for HP, UK&I. Neil has a wealth of channel experience, most recently as our Strategic Partner Sales Manager and is ideally placed to lead our channel business, as we embark on an exciting new chapter," he added.

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