HP reshuffles its managers

The maker of expensive printer ink, HP  has reshuffled its top management and removed some players from the deck.

First up is the exit of its CIO, Randy Mott, who has cleaned out his desk and picked up his pink slips as has Pete Bocian as executive vice president. Also gone is Ann Livermore, an HP employee since 1982, as head of HP’s Enterprise Business. Livermore has been on the short-list of potential CEOs. She is going to remain on the board.

It seems that action man CEO Leo Apotheker wants a different form of suit surrounding him.

Apparently he likes Dave Donatelli, executive vice president of enterprise servers, storage, networking and technology services, and Bill Veghte, executive vice president, software.

They used to report to Livermore, and now can speak directly to Apotheker. Jan Zadak, executive vice president of global sales, will also report directly to the CEO.

In fact it is believed that Livermore, who has done a lot for HP, might have seen her job change so much that she wanted to do something different.

Apotheker, a former CEO of the incredibly interesting esoteric business software outfit SAP, wants to improve HP’s software and services businesses.

In announcing the management shake-up Apotheker said that he needs to make the necessary changes that streamline operations, drive focus and agility, and position the outfit for for success. In other words, management bullshit for getting rid of a few people.

Some people get some extra work too. Todd Bradley, executive vice president of the personal systems group, will have the job of expanding HP’s market share in China, and Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president of the imaging and printing group, do the same thing in India.

Mott’s exit is somewhat of a surprise. He was the corporate axeman who consolidated HP’s IT, reducing 85 data centres down to six. He killed off a huge number of HP’s networks. It is possible that now that his work is done he wants to move to pastures new and do a little consolidating elsewhere.