On the move at HP and Sun

Norman McCann has been appointed managing director of Hewlett-Packard Australasia, effective immediately.

McCann joins HP from his current advisory positions on the federal government's Industry Research and Development Board's IT&T committee, and the Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation council's IT&C Research and Development skills working group. He spent 20 years with the Australian Consolidated Industries (ACI) Group, before leading a management buy-out of ACI Computer Services in 1989 and renaming the company Ferntree Computer Corporation, which was sold to GE Capital in 1996.

The search for a managing director at HP started three months ago when Bruce Thompson left the organisation.

Meanwhile, at Sun Microsystems, managing director Russell Bate has moved to the position of vice president product sales operations for the Asia-Pacific.

James Hassell will be the new managing director Australasia, promoted from his position as Sun's UK channels director.

Bate will be responsible for the integration of Sun's business units and products under the new Global Sales Organisation (GSO).

"The new GSO structure will bring Sun's different lines of business together with a single focus: to provide a single face to the customer," Bates said.

Bate, who joined Sun in 1992, has been in the IT industry for 30 years, including six years as managing director for Sun Australasian operations. He joined Sun Australia in 1992.

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