HP names more names as job cuts continue

While job cuts at Hewlett-Packard Australia will be complete by the end of year, with some business units already shedding staff, the company declined to confirm the number or type of jobs to go.

A spokesperson for HP Australia said the forecast 10 to 15 per cent staff cuts will be made "progressively" over the four business units - enterprise systems, HP services, personal systems and imaging and print -- and "geography" of the company over the next several months.

The official said, "Some business units are more advanced than others" in putting in place the new business plan. He declined to specify which business units had shed staff or the number of staff let go.

Approval for the Compaq Computer merger with HP was finalised in May. At the time of announcement, HP said about 15,000 jobs worldwide would be cut from the merged company over six to nine months. The managerial structure for the Australian operations was "nearly there", the spokesperson said.

In April, former vice president and managing director of Compaq Computer South Pacific, Paul Brandling was announced as managing director, HP South Pacific.

The senior leadership team for each division has also been announced with Rebekah O'Flaherty as general manager, imaging and printing; Jack Gargano as director of finance and administration; Pathy Pathmanaban as general manager, HP services and Tony Bill, general manager, personal systems group.

The spokesperson said managers for other divisions will be named within the next few weeks.

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