HP: Who's Staying, Who's Leaving?

On the eve of the HP Discover 2012 conference, it's time for HP CEO Meg Whitman to ask Hewlett-Packard employees the ultimate question: Who's staying and who's leaving?

The VAR Guy

June 2, 2012

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HP: Who's Staying, Who's Leaving?


On the eve of the HP Discover 2012 conference, it’s time for HP CEO Meg Whitman to ask Hewlett-Packard employees the ultimate question: Who’s staying and who’s leaving? The reason: Everyone is wondering which executives will stick around and manage HP through 27,000 layoffs and major transitions across the hardware, software, storage, mobile and cloud computing markets. Here’s a look at who’s staying and who’s leaving at HP so far.

Among those who are set to exit or recently exited:

  • VP Meaghan Kelly, who will exit June 15 and join SAP on June 18. Kelly, a channel veteran with extensive SMB, cloud and mobile experience, is expected to focus on similar market segments when she joins SAP later this month.

  • Gary Koopman, former VP of U.S. distribution at HP, recently joined Oracle.

  • Tom LaRocca, a former HP channel leader, joined Oracle in January as VP of worldwide product strategy and alliances.

  • Frank Rauch, VP of U.S. channels in HP’s Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking division, is leaving for a position at VMware, CRN reported yesterday.

  • Autonomy founder Mike Lynch was recently forced out the door after Autonomy’s financial performance didn’t meet HP’s expectations.

And who’s staying?

There are no guarantees but several recent promotions suggest Whitman is trying to reward key executives who embrace her business strategy. Recent promotions include:

  • Stephen DiFranco is the newly appointed VP of the Enterprise Group Channel Organizations in the Americas, overseeing HP’s Alliance, OEM, VAR, VAD and Cloud Partner Groups. DiFranco is a two-year HP veteran who was previously Lenovo’s channel chief.

  • George Kadifa has been appointed executive VP of the company’s software business, a role he takes over from Bill Veghte. Kadifa joins HP from Silver Lake, a global technology investment firm with more than $14 billion of assets under management.

  • Bill Veghte has been named HP’s chief operating officer (COO), and will continue to oversee the HP strategy.

  • Jan Zadak assumes the newly created role of president, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), HP Enterprise Services, effective immediately.  The move is meant to strengthen HP’s struggling services business, built atop the EDS acquisition.

HP Discover 2012

Amid the mass changes, Whitman and DiFranco, in particular, need to speak with confidence during the major HP Discover 2012 conference (June 4-7, Las Vegas). DiFranco will be on stage as master of ceremonies for partner sessions on June 4. As of this evening, HP’s agenda still listed Rauch as a morning main-session speaker. The VAR Guy is wondering who will fill that spot as Rauch apparently prepares to join VMware.

Whitman, meanwhile, will take the stage June 5 with “special guest speaker Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks Animation SKG.” It’s an odd pairing considering the massive changes Whitman and HP must navigate in the months and years ahead. But on the other hand, maybe Katzenberg will deliver a welcome, albeit brief, break from the reality of HP’s challenges.


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