Hewlett-Packard has made its first major executive hire under new CEO Meg Whitman.
John Hinshaw (Credit: HP)
The company announced today that it's hired John Hinshaw to fill the new role of executive vice president for global technology and business processes. That long title means he'll oversee the information technology and administrative groups, be responsible for procuring services, and manage all of the company's business processes.
Reporting directly to Whitman, Hinshaw will join HP on 15 November and also take a seat on the executive council.
The 41-year-old Hinshaw hails from Boeing, where he was vice president and general manager for the company's information solutions group and was responsible for IT business with the Federal Government. He also served Boeing as global chief information officer, managing the company's IT strategy, operations and staff.
"John has an outstanding track record of process excellence and leading large, complex organisations," Whitman said in a statement.
Beyond bringing Hinshaw aboard, HP has also promoted Craig Flower to the role of senior vice president and chief information officer. Reporting directly to Hinshaw, Flower will now be responsible for data management, application architecture, global business intelligence, sales, and product development and engineering applications. Flower has been with HP since 1984, holding a variety of IT management positions.
"Craig is a leader who has proven that he can simultaneously deliver more value to the business while achieving significant cost reductions," Whitman said.
HP has been struggling with its identity and business direction as of late.
But questions persist as to where HP will go from here and whether it will refocus its attention on the PC trade, forge ahead as an enterprise services company, or continue to try to juggle both roles.