HP's Mark Hurd to skip Australia

Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd is tipped to visit Singapore next month but will bypass Australia, a company spokesperson confirmed.

Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd is tipped to visit Singapore next month but will bypass Australia.

"Mark Hurd will not be visiting Australia," a company spokesperson said.

"We will inform you if his schedule changes," the spokesperson told ZDNet Australia.

Mark Hurd

Hurd (pic) escaped largely unscathed from HP's spying scandal -- which erupted last year -- that has claimed many scalps. Three journalists from CNET Networks (the publisher of ZDNet Australia) plan to sue the company for invasion of privacy.

Top IT chiefs, including IBM CEO Sam Palmisano, have or plan to visit Singapore mainly due to myriad multi-million dollar government contracts up for grabs, including a S$1.5 billion (AU$1.2 billion) tender -- which closes at the end of June -- aimed at standardising the government's computing environment.

Meanwhile, a familiar face in IT and business circles will be in town soon. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will address The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Sydney on 25 May.

According to AmCham, Ballmer will discuss the role all IT companies have in driving positive social and economic impact. He will also discuss key trends that will drive change across businesses, governments, education, and individuals in the coming decade. Microsoft Australia has barred members of the media from covering the event.

Apart from Australia, Ballmer will be in Singapore on May 23.