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HP rolls print into personal

Thursday, 22 March 2012
By Print21

HP has farewelled the long-standing executive vice president of its Imaging and Printing Group, Vyomesh Joshi, and has taken the opportunity to merge the printing branch of the company with its Personal Systems Group.

In a dramatic corporate re-shuffle, the technology behemoth announced this week it would roll its Imaging and Printing Group and its Personal Systems Group together in the wake of Joshi’s retirement.

The new entity will be headed up by the existing Personal Systems Group executive vice president, Todd Bradley, who has served in the position since 2005. The new business will be called the Printing and Personal Systems Group.

It is not clear at this stage whether the merger of the two branches of the company will result in cuts from either of the groups’ corporate teams, and the Australian head office is remaining tight-lipped about how the realignment will affect the local operational structure of its printing business.

A spokesperson for HP’s Australian Imaging and Printing Group office said that, at this stage, it will not speculate on the merger’s local ramifications.

“It is too early to speculate on the local details,” said the spokesperson. “But what we can say is this will improve the customer and partner experience and make it easier to do business with one, integrated HP, by simplifying our go-to-market strategy, branding, supply chain, and customer support world-wide.”

The company says that combining the two separate entities will rationalise its go-to-market strategy, branding, supply chain and customer support globally. HP’s president and CEO, Meg Whitman (pictured), said that the new structure will allow for more agility within the organisation.

“Ensuring we have the right organizational structure in place is a critical first step in driving improved execution, and increasing effectiveness and efficiency,” said Whitman. “The result will be a faster, more streamlined, performance-driven HP that is customer focused and poised to capitalize on rapidly shifting industry trends.”

Whitman also praised to Joshi’s service to the company upon his departure, saying that, “under his leadership, IPG accelerated innovation and pioneered solutions that transformed the printing market.”

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