Compaq names Tony Bill to head new division

Compaq Australia has appointed Tony Bill as director of its new Access business division, a consolidation of the company's commercial and consumer product groups.

The groups were merged under a massive US-driven restructuring regime, which Compaq's chairman and chief executive Michael Capellas said last week was due to an overall economic downturn in the US.

Under the reorganisation, the company will shed about 5000 positions worldwide, or 7 per cent of its workforce, during the course of the year, Capellas told US Computerworld. Compaq expects to save between $US500 million and $600 million a year through the move.

Compaq Australia said the new group was aimed at boosting the company's engineering and manufacturing efficiencies.

Bill, a former director of the local consumer products group, called the restructure "more than an organisational change".

He maintained that the Access group was a reflection of where Compaq saw the PC business landscape heading - into convergence of the business and home computing markets.

Bill will drive the group's marketing efforts to meet increasing customer demand for mobile and pure Internet devices, company officials said. He will also develop a wider range of complete Internet access solutions by bundling services into the entire product range.

Bill has six years tenure with Compaq Australia in senior enterprise business development.

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