At Hewlett-Packard, as we have learned, the only constant is change. And more change is on the way: Enterprise technology chief Dave Donatelli, is about to be re-deployed, according to AllThingsD and its anonymous but usually reliable sources. It was unclear what his new title or duties would be.
Update: HP has now issued a statement outlining the changes officially:
Bill Veghte, HP’s chief operating officer(COO), will become executive vice president and general manager of the HP Enterprise Group, a role that will now include responsibility for the coordinated development of the company’s portfolio of cloud solutions. Dave Donatelli will take on a new role focused on identifying early-stage technologies as he did successfully with 3PAR and 3Com.
In a separate organizational move, HP will combine its Marketing and Communications organizations under the leadership of Chief Communications Officer Henry Gomez.
Update: And, now, it appears that Bill Veghte, formerly HP COO and a long-time Microsoft exec before that, will step into Donatelli’s shoes, according to Bloomberg. Veghte (pictured above) is a respected industry veteran who once led North America sales and marketing for Microsoft before being tapped to head the Windows business unit. He spent 20 years at Microsoft before joining HP in 2010.
The Donatelli news is interesting given the drama he sparked four years ago when he moved from EMC to HP, which was building a storage business that competed with EMC’s bread and butter lineup. EMC sued and Donatelli was prevented, temporarily anyway, from working on HP storage. When that edict ended, Donatelli assumed control of storage, along with servers.
This reported change in status leaked just hours before HP is slated to announce its third quarter earnings. Earlier this year, another star HP executive Todd Bradley was moved off his perch atop HP printing and personal systems group earlier this year and named EVP of HP’s Strategic Growth Initiatives.
Well, if you weren’t planning to listen to HP’s earnings call before you certainly will be now!
This story was updated at 11:51 PDT August 21, 2013 with news of Bill Veghte’s new job and again at 1:30 P.M. PDT with HP’s official statement.