Exclusive: HP makes big cuts to local exec team

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Exclusive: HP makes big cuts to local exec team
Former HP PSG boss Janice Cox.

HP has slashed several high-ranking executives from its Australian operations as part of a move to cull 8 percent of its global workforce.

The worldwide restructure and cost-cutting endeavour was first announced late last month. It is the largest staff purge in HP’s 73 year history, with 27,000 of the company’s 350,000-strong workforce to go.

Multiple sources told CRN that HP's South Pacific PSG and ESSN general managers Janice Cox and Kevin Rooney will leave the company.

Rooney will return to the United States in an undisclosed role. He moved to Australia in 2010 from HP’s US partner division to take on the role of South Pacific enterprise director.

HP declined to comment on the moves.

Earlier this month, HP South Pacific managing director Paul Brandling left the company after 19 years.

HP has also taken the axe to its technical team. Sources told CRN that data centre workers in HP’s Forest Hill, Victoria facility would be let go.

HP declined to confirm reports it was outsourcing data centre staff to Malaysia.

In an email sent to partners yesterday, HP said it would “streamline operations and remove complexity” from its Australian operation. It said it was acting on feedback received by partners and implementing ways to be “easier to work with”. 

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“We wanted you to know that we are acting on that feedback and taking steps to remove the complexity from our operating model and investing to ensure that we deliver the best products, services, and solutions in the marketplace.”

The company has made three new channel appointments in its recently formed PPS division, led by new boss Rob Mesaros. 

Former product marketing manager for PSG Brendan Lau is taking on the role of consumer channel sales. Former PSG channel director Margrith Appleby is now in charge of commercial channel sales for the new division, and former global accounts general manager Russell Shooter will head up enterprise sales. 

HP merged its PC and printing groups in March this year to form the combined Printers and Personal Systems Group.

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