HP appoints former Microsoft exec as general manager of Autonomy

Hewlett-Packard has enlisted the former president of Microsoft North America to help lead the Autonomy and Information Management business units.

Hewlett-Packard is shuffling the executive deck, possibly with the hopes of strengthening the Autonomy unit.

Robert Youngjohns will join the HP Software leadership team on September 17th as senior vice president and general manager of the Autonomy/Information Management business unit. He will be tasked with help building up the information management and analytics software that the Autonomy/IM business has developed.

Youngjohns will also be responsible for promoting and helping the announced integration of the Autonomy/IM unit into HP Software as it reorganizes itself into a single business.

Thus, Youngjohns will report directly to the executive vice president of HP Software, George Kadifa.

Youngjohns joins HP from Microsoft where he was president of the North American region. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was president and CEO of Callidus Software after working at Sun Microsystems and IBM.

Youngjohns will help fill a void left by Autonomy founder and former chief executive Mike Lynch, who departed the company in May. Even before then it has been a very bumpy ride for the unit since HP announced that it was acquiring Autonomy just over a year ago.

During HP's third quarter earnings call in August , CEO Meg Whitman tried to reassure investors about the unit but also acknowledged it as one of HP's problem spots, admitting that the unit "still requires a great deal of attention."