Skip to main content

HP CIO out in latest management shakeup

HP CIO Randy Mott
Image used with permission by copyright holder

HP CEO Leo Apotheker signaled last quarter that the company was mulling changes to executive lineup in the wake of disappointing earnings, and today the company announced the departure of chief information officer Randy Mott as well as chief administrative officer Pete Bocian. That’s not all: HP is also transferring 29-year veteran Ann Livermore to a seat on the company’s board and out of day-to-day operations, and shifting three key executives in charge of servers, software, and global sales so they report to Apotheker directly.

HP characterized the changes as aligning the corporate structure more closely with a new strategy the company outlined last March. March also saw a significant shift in HP’s board of directors, expanding from 13 to 17 members with new members essentially selected by new CEO Leo Apotheker.

Regarding the departure of Bocian and Mott, HP said it planned to eliminate the position of chief administration officer and will distribute the roles of that organization throughout other areas of HP. HP will conduct a search for a new chief information officer who will fill a “broadened” role win the company, including global procurement and volume operations.

Mott had been hired out of Wal-Mart by former CEO Mark Hurd back in 2005, and oversaw a major consolidation and centralization effort in HP’s own IT operations: during Mott’s tenure, HP centralized from over more than six dozen data centers around the world to six major global data centers—a move that has proved significant in HP’s effort to transition enterprises to cloud-bases services—and instituted new accountability and efficiency measures across HP’s IT efforts.

Livermore will continue to manage HP’s Enterprise Services operations until HP names a successor her. Apotheker has been critical of how HP handled its 2008 acquisition of Electronic Data Systems (EDS), saying the company failed to invest adequately in developing new services after the acquisition, instead focussing on integrating EDS into HP’s operations.

Editors' Recommendations

Geoff Duncan
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Geoff Duncan writes, programs, edits, plays music, and delights in making software misbehave. He's probably the only member…
Great for browsing, get this 15-inch HP laptop for 50% off today
The HP 15-Inch Touchscreen Laptop sitting on a desk.

There are laptop deals that slash the prices of premium machines, but there are also offers that make affordable devices even cheaper. If you're shopping for the latter, then you should check out HP's offer for the HP Laptop 15z. From its original price of $500, it's down to just $250 following a $250 discount. We're not sure how much time is remaining for you to be able to get this laptop for half-price, so hurry with your purchase if you don't want to miss out on this bargain.

Why you should buy the HP Laptop 15z
The HP Laptop 15z is equipped with the AMD Athlon Silver 7120U processor and AMD Radeon Graphics, plus 8GB of RAM that's usually found in entry-level laptops, according to our guide on how much RAM do you need. If you're going to ask the HP Laptop 15z to match the performance of the top-tier models of the best laptops, you'll be left disappointed, but that's only because you need to manage your expectations with this device. It's not the fastest laptop out there, but for simple tasks like browsing the internet, watching streaming shows, and typing documents, it's going to be more than enough.

Read more
New Macs may be announced next month. Here’s what to expect
Apple Continuity image showing iPhone use as MacBook webcam.

Apple regularly launches new products in March, and it looks like this year will be no different. We don't have a specific date yet, but it's been reported that numerous new Macs and iPads are rumored to launch in just a few weeks’ time, with a bunch of enticing changes reportedly heading our way.

If you’re in the market for a new MacBook, March could be a great time to pick one of the new releases up. Here's what we're expecting to steal the limelight.
The M3 MacBook Air is coming

Read more
MSI is getting slammed on Reddit for a controversial monitor decision
The MSI MPG 321URX gaming monitor.

MSI may have some high-end gaming monitors up for grabs, but unfortunately, some are apparently more desirable than others. A Reddit thread exposed that MSI won't be allowing firmware updates for a large portion of its QD-OLED monitor lineup, and the customers are not happy.

MSI is fairly new to the gaming monitor game, but it's releasing some monitors that tick all the boxes and combine vibrant QD-OLED panels with a reasonable screen size. The lineup is divided into the MSI MAG series and the MSI MPG series; the former includes 27-inch, 32-inch, and 34-inch (curved) QD-OLED screens, while the latter serves up two flat screens (27-inch and 32-inch) and a curved 49-inch monitor. Refresh rates range from 360Hz to 144Hz, and there's a variety of resolutions to pick from, from a standard 2K to 4K or 5,120 x 1,440.

Read more