HP merges operations, names new executives

Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) has merged its Global Operations and Information Technology divisions and named a 14-year HP veteran to lead the operation.

The changes were first announced in an internal e-mail sent Friday by HP Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Carly Fiorina, and come after the departure of several HP executives, including former executive vice president of Global Operations Jeff Clarke, who resigned last month.

Gilles Bouchard will now lead the merged organizations, holding the title of executive vice president and chief information officer (CIO). The role will combine Clarke's previous duties and those of former company CIO Bob Napier, who passed away in October, according to an HP representative.

Bouchard, who has experience working on HP's supply chain, customer management and e-business operations, will report to Fiorina and sit on the executive council. Bouchard is a native of France, graduated from the Ecole Centrale in Lyon, France, and holds a masters degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

More details of his role and new organization are expected to be given in coming weeks, the HP representative said.

In other personnel news, the Palo Alto, California company also said Friday that its former worldwide vice president of e-business strategy, planning and operations Marius Haas has been named as the company's new head of strategy and corporate development for the Office of Strategy and Technology. Haas held a similar post at Compaq Computer Corp. before the two companies merged.

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