HP's Apotheker consolidates power: Livermore steps back, CIO Mott out

HP's Apotheker consolidates power: Livermore steps back, CIO Mott out

Summary: Hewlett-Packard on Monday reorganized its executive suite so key execs and the company's biggest units report directly to CEO Leo Apotheker. Ann Livermore, who led HP's enterprise services group is stepping down to join the company's board.

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Hewlett-Packard on Monday reorganized its executive suite so key execs and the company's biggest units report directly to CEO Leo Apotheker. In addition, Ann Livermore, who led HP's enterprise services group is stepping down from day-to-day management to become a board member amid a major shakeup at the company.

Among the moves, Livermore's departure is probably the largest. Livermore has frequently been a CEO candidate, but never made the final cut. Throughout the CEO changes---Lew Platt, Carly Fiorina, Mark Hurd and Apotheker---Livermore continued to find key roles at HP. Livermore has been with HP for 29 years.

Livermore will remain leader of HP Enterprise Services until her replacement is named.

Ray Lane, HP's non-executive chairman, said Livermore will bring "deep relationships with our most important customers, institutional knowledge of the company and its employees, and insights on the technology industry" to the company's board.

The reorg is designed to get all customer-facing units reporting to Apotheker. Dave Donatelli, who leads HP's critical servers, storage, networking and technology services unit; Bill Veghte, executive vice president of software; and Jan Zadak, head of sales, will all report to Apotheker. The HP CEO said that the new reporting structure should improve focus, agility and execution.

HP will also lose Randy Mott, chief information officer. Mott was highly regarded and the company only said that he was leaving "effective immediately." Pete Bocian, chief administrative officer, is also leaving. HP will replace Mott, but not Bocian.

And finally, HP said Todd Bradley, who leads HP's personal systems unit, will also focus on China market share expansion. Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president of HP's printing unit, will aim to grow market share in India.

Worries about HP's executive stability has been a recurring them of late. With its reorg announcement, HP appears to be trying to get all the moves out in one shot so it can move on.

Here's a look at HP's stock chart for the last year. Apotheker was named CEO in September.

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Topics: Software, Data Management, Enterprise Software, Hewlett-Packard, Legal

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  • RE: HP's Apotheker consolidates power: Livermore steps back, CIO Mott out

    Whatever happens, someone needs to listen to the customer. Maybe that will explain their stock prices being in the basement. For years, I had this fabulous HP printer. It printed tons of pages and the ink cartridges lasted forever. It finally died. Of course, I bought a new HP printer. What a mistake. It is a piece of junk. The new paper feeder never works properly (prefer one without it anyway; just hated paying extra for it). It whirs, clicks, clunks and makes all kinds of noises and three minutes later, spits out a single page. Could someone give me the new definition of SLOW? In the few, short months I have owned the printer, I have purchased over $600 worth of ink. It may be the intention of HP to produce a crappy printer that doesn't last long and eats ink like crazy in order to sell more printers and ink. Let me make my intention clear..I will NEVER buy another HP printer.
    glyndalucas
    • RE: HP's Apotheker consolidates power: Livermore steps back, CIO Mott out

      @glyndalucas
      Huh, this is why blind assessments like this one show how 1% of customers are just bitter with a need to vent to someone. Can't please everyone.
      MarauderX
      • RE: HP's Apotheker consolidates power: Livermore steps back, CIO Mott out

        @MarauderX you appear to have the same head in the sand mentality that is destroying HP
        michaelc154
    • RE: HP's Apotheker consolidates power: Livermore steps back, CIO Mott out

      Hello @glyndalucas,

      I am an HP employee and would love the opportunity to make things right with your printer issues. If you feel comfortable sending me contact information so that I can submit your problem to our customer satisfaction team it would be great to try and turn things around for you. I feel your pain, I've been there myself, but HP has a way to bring this kind of issue to the forefront and address it...I would love to do so on your behalf. Please contact me at your earliest convenience via michelle.tachibana@hp.com. Thanks, Michelle
      shezwaktout
  • RE: HP's Apotheker consolidates power: Livermore steps back, CIO Mott out

    i used to work for this company. what a sad state of affairs. this happens when corporate greed takes the place of integrity and employee loyalty .
    zd300
    • RE: HP's Apotheker consolidates power: Livermore steps back, CIO Mott out

      I totally understand why you are no longer working for HP! Really I DO!!!
      ucfcsofu
      • RE: HP's Apotheker consolidates power: Livermore steps back, CIO Mott out

        @ucfcsofu You don't need to get in touch with Leo Apotheker. You need to get in touch with a good mental health professional. Mention paranoid delusion and possible obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) when you talk to them.
        jgm@...
  • RE: HP's Apotheker consolidates power: Livermore steps back, CIO Mott out

    I used to work at HP also. Packard is rolling over in his grave. What happened to the "HP way"?
    stuff@...
    • RE: HP's Apotheker consolidates power: Livermore steps back, CIO Mott out

      @stuff@... - Carley killed the "HP way"... and it was downhill after that... Hurd had some charisma with Wall St that kept the stock afloat but his continued cuts really damaged the entire product line quality. Apotheker doesn't even seem to recognize what HP business should be about... The spiral continues, and Wall St wizards know the expected end already. It's really very sad so many thousand excellent and creative workers have to suffer at the hands of board room antics. Folks in Silicon Valley have options - other locations are in dire straights for where to go next.
      Willnott
    • RE: HP's Apotheker consolidates power: Livermore steps back, CIO Mott out

      SO SAD!! I might shed a tear!
      ucfcsofu
      • RE: HP's Apotheker consolidates power: Livermore steps back, CIO Mott out

        @ucfcsofu Unless your problem with HP is a stuck caps lock key, your really need to get some help of a different sort. You do know that excessive use of exclamation points, all-capitals, putting words in quotes and threatening lawsuits and retaliation are collectively a sign of mental illness, right? (All you're missing are the random use of commas)
        jgm@...
    • RE: HP's Apotheker consolidates power: Livermore steps back, CIO Mott out

      @stuff@... yea, and, you, must, be, a, doctor, lol, clearly, your, as, ridiculous, as, every, OTHER, EMPLOYEE, I, HAVE, DEALT, WITH, THAT, WORKS, AT, HP, THANKS, FOR, THE, "HELP", I, WILL, SURELY, RUN, RIGHT, OUT, & FIND, A DR., AFTER, I, PEEK, OUT, MY, DOOR, 3X, 1ST, AND, LOCK, MY, DOOR, 3X, AND, ONCE, MY, CRAZY, ASS, GETS, OUT, I WILL, HOP, ON, MY, UNICORN, &, FLY, TO, SEEK, SOME, MENTAL, HELP!, lol, !!!!!!!! ANYTHING ELSE U WOULD LIKE TO COMMENT? AHOLE
      ucfcsofu
      • RE: HP's Apotheker consolidates power: Livermore steps back, CIO Mott out

        @ucfcsofu Yes you have to "start" including "random" words in quotation "marks" for no "good" reason, then you will have mastered all of the traits of Internet kookery.
        jgm@...
  • RE: HP's Apotheker consolidates power: Livermore steps back, CIO Mott out

    I have to agree. They WERE one of the best.
    jkutay
  • I used to love everything HP

    But now I only buy their printers because it seems that these are the only piece of hardware that works on my opinion. Monitors...no way, too expensive for a brand name, computers...forget it, I have been through three HP laptops over the last three years and they were expensive clunkers....anything else HP is overpriced junk. Thank God for Toshiba and Sony when it comes to laptops. And monitors, I won't give up my Samsungs...yes plural. And as for printers I will have to start looking at Canon.
    leod1961
    • RE: HP's Apotheker consolidates power: Livermore steps back, CIO Mott out

      @ntflavio06@... http://www.v4w.blogspot.com/
      sivacool
  • RE: HP's Apotheker consolidates power: Livermore steps back, CIO Mott out

    HP Printers....They "invented" the inkjet, but then just sat and DIDN'T address my problem that occasional use just didn't work 'cause they dried out. I learned to soak them in a snug bottle with alcohol, all kinds of tricks to get them to be useful, alas not worth the trouble. I stick with my trusty old Brother laser. Sure B&W, but nothing like the ink cost of HP - even if I reloaded. The HP laptops... forget it, the IBM oops lenovo Thinkpads are still the queens of my flock. On the rare occasions I've called tech it has been a treat and they still keep getting better and more reliable. Sure some HP products have to be good, but for me naah. Customers need to be valued...
    pessimist
  • RE: HP's Apotheker consolidates power: Livermore steps back, CIO Mott out

    I agree with basically everyone here....What happened to HP? They used design and make some great items. While I still look for HP items, I haven't purchased anything made by them the past 2-3 years. Their laptop line is horrid and their desktops are over-priced. As mentioned above, their monitors are over-priced. Can't say too much about printers, etc. as my older HP items (back when they made quality products) are still working..
    duplai@...
  • RE: HP's Apotheker consolidates power: Livermore steps back, CIO Mott out

    Am I the only one thinking "Buy! Buy! Buy!"????

    This isn't about ink bottles, this is about HP trimming the fat and Apotheker gearing up to go into battle. Their own phones, their own OS, launching Steve Jobs into the Cloud, Apple wanting to kill off the PC, Intel making an OS, Microsoft porting to ARM... the tech world is starting to get VERY interesting and HP wants its spot in the post-apocalyptic new world order. Fortunes will be made and lost, titans will fall, giants will emerge, the landscape of not only technology but all of entertainment media will likely be changed... I'm excited. It's like an episode of the Vampire Diaries, but less pretty people and chiseled torsos and more sweaty bald pates and turtlenecks.
    jgm@...
    • RE: HP's Apotheker consolidates power: Livermore steps back, CIO Mott out

      @jgm@... - The PC is on the verge of extinction anyway, but nobody in HP seems to recognize it - it's a cash cow to them. They force all peripheral suppliers to run zero or negative profits, and then whine when the suppliers threaten to go away or close. They try to milk peripherals to cover their inefficiencies in PC products. Seen any real useful product refreshes in PCs from them lately??? Everything is superficial.
      Willnott