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HP Executive Changes: Ann Livermore Rumor Was (Nearly) Right

Rewind to the HP Americas Partner Conference in March 2011. At the time The VAR Guy heard rumors that Hewlett-Packard Executive VP Ann Livermore would soon exit the company but join HP's board as executive chairwoman. Well, the rumors were true -- partly.

The VAR Guy

June 15, 2011

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HP Executive Changes: Ann Livermore Rumor Was (Nearly) Right

HP Anne Livermore

Rewind to the HP Americas Partner Conference in March 2011. At the time The VAR Guy heard rumors that Hewlett-Packard Executive VP Ann Livermore would soon exit the company but join HP’s board as executive chairwoman. Well, the rumors were true — partly. Livermore is moving out and up but apparently didn’t get the rumored chairwoman title. Here’s the update along with several other changes at HP.

According to an official statement from HP:

Ann Livermore has been elected to the HP board. Her election reflects the success of her career as one of the IT industry’s most talented and respected executives. … Livermore will continue to serve as interim lead for HP Enterprise Services and sponsor certain key accounts until a new services leader is named.

Also, HP CEO Leo Apotheker gains several new direct reports. They include:

  • Dave Donatelli, executive vice president, Enterprise Servers, Storage, Networking and Technology Services

  • Bill Veghte, executive vice president, Software

  • Jan Zadak, executive vice president, Global Sales

Also of note: Chief Administrative Officer Pete Bocian and Chief Information Officer Randy Mott are departing immediately. Bocian had run real estate operations and Mott — a veteran of Wal-Mart and Dell — is a data center consolidation guru. The VAR Guy wonders: Why is Mott leaving at a time when HP is preparing to launch its own public cloud? Very interesting timing.

But back to the story at hand — Apotheker gains more direct reports. And Ann Livermore — once a candidate for HP’s CEO post — moves up and out of day-to-day functions at HP. The VAR Guy will be watching to see if Livermore ever scores the executive chairwoman title on HP’s board…

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