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HP promotes former Lenovo and Acer man to lead PC business

Tries a new leader to stem the bleeding
Wed Jun 19 2013, 15:24
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MAKER OF EXPENSIVE PRINTER INK HP has replaced the head of its PC and printing business with Dion Weisler, a former Lenovo and Acer executive.

HP's PC and printer business had been overseen by Todd Bradley, who led the firm as it overtook Dell and fought off Acer at a time when the PC business was much more healthy than it is today. Bradley has now been shunted into a new role that will see him work alongside CEO Meg Whitman, while Weisler comes in to protect HP's PC and printing business from his former employers.

Weisler was COO at Lenovo and prior to that was the MD of Acer UK, but most recently he has been the SVP of HP's PC and printer business. His new title will be EVP of HP's PC and printer business where he will report directly to Whitman and have a seat at HP's executive council.

Whitman said, "Dion [Weisler] is one of our very best executives and his background is perfect given the challenges we face in the marketplace. Todd [Bradley] has left Dion a great legacy to build on.

"Today's announcement is about putting our best qualified leaders into roles focused on restarting HP's growth. HP is extremely fortunate to have a strong bench to draw on as we rebuild and restore the company."

Bradley's new job as EVP of Strategic Growth Initiatives will see him work with Whitman on looking at start-ups that are in line with HP's goals that the firm can partner with, work with and perhaps purchase. Bradley effectively will be a talent scout for HP as it looks to avoid any further disastrous multi-billion dollar purchases of mature companies such as Autonomy and EDS.

Bradley's time as the head of HP's PC business was marred by the fact that despite global demand for PCs faltering, he couldn't stop competitors such as Lenovo and Asus from eating into HP's core business. Lenovo is all but certain to take the top spot in the PC business away from HP this year, and despite Whitman's claim that Bradley has left the business in good shape for Weisler, the facts and figures paint a very different story, one that will keep Weisler busy in the coming years. µ


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