HP to combine printer, PC groups in company reshuffle

HP, less than a year since its scrapped and reinstated its PC making unit, is poised announce a combined venture between its PC making arm, and its printing and imaging unit.

HP will announce later today a company reshuffle which will move its Imaging and Printing Group (IPG), under its PC making Personal Systems Group (PSG), sources told AllThingsD.

It is also believed that Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice-president of the printing group, will leave the company. It is understood that the combined unit will report to current executive vice-president of the PC making group, Todd Bradley.

Last year, under the lead of then chief executive and president Léo Apotheker, HP announced it would leave the smartphone industry and focus its efforts on the enterprise by selling servers and machines to governments and business.

Once Apotheker left the company, former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman replaced him. After weeks of deliberation, it was announced that the company would u-turn its decision and continue to sell PCs.

After a brief hiatus, the fate of webOS --- the smartphone operating system that was left out to dry after the smartphone and tablet business was wrapped up --- would be donated to the open source community. A month later, HP reportedly laid off 270 jobs from its webOS unit.

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