Hewlett-Packard and EDS are expected to shortly detail
which executives will lead their now combined Australian operation
following HP's $13.9 billion acquisition of the Texan IT
outsourcing giant over the past several months.
Sources have notified the Association of Professional Engineers,
Scientists and Managers Australia (APESMA), which represents a
number of EDS staff, about the impending announcement, which could
come as early as this afternoon, the union's acting executive
director Michael Butler told ZDNet.com.au today.
Butler said local EDS staff were currently nervous about their
futures, which he said was a fairly typical reaction during a large takeover.
Overnight, the combined company announced 3,378 former EDS jobs
in its UK workforce would be cut, as part of an overall chop
involving 24,600 positions globally. However locally, both HP and
EDS have refused to comment on the future of Australian staff.
"People are very concerned," said Butler.
Butler said APESMA several weeks ago had submitted a series of
questions to HP regarding the future of staff, but had been told on
30 September that the group couldn't yet deliver any information
at that particular point in time. He added APESMA would seek to
meet with HP senior management as soon as the combined company
announced its local leadership.
The news comes as HP has in the past few days notified the
nation's financial regulator that EDS Australia managing director
Neil Emerson and several of his colleagues are no longer — on
paper — technically leading the IT outsourcer's local
The paper moves do not reflect any actual change to HP or EDS'
leadership structure in the region, but are part of the legal
manoeuvring going on as part of HP's US$13.9 billion acquisition
of EDS globally. HP executives such as local managing director Paul
Brandling were listed as directors in the EDS executives'