Arik Hesseldahl over at All Things D (who broke the story first, yesterday, hence others could say "Expected transition" even though it was expected for about three hours, not weeks as implied) had an interesting take on the Meg staff changes:
The executive shake-up coming to Hewlett-Packard later today (yesterday, as I post this) yes just got more clear.
Dave Donatelli, executive vice president and head of HP’s $30 billion Enterprise Group, will be replaced by chief operating officer Bill Veghte, according to a report from Bloomberg News. AllThingsD first reported on Donatelli’s reassignment earlier today.
Sources familiar with the matter said Veghte will not retain the COO title, and a replacement for that title will not be named. Veghte had been tapped as COO on May 30. He had previously been HP’s chief strategy officer, replacing Shane Robison, who is now CEO of Fusion-io.
According to sources familiar with the situation, Veghte has been seen outside of HP as a logical No. 2 under Whitman, and this had rankled both Donatelli and Todd Bradley, an executive vice president and former head of the Printing and Personal Systems Group. Both Donatelli and Bradley have been seen at various times as contenders for the CEO position at HP. Bradley was reassigned earlier this year.
Sources said that Donatelli and Bradley have had a difficult relationship with Whitman in recent months, made worse by the fact that HP has been losing market share in servers to Dell, and lost its No. 1 spot in personal computers to Lenovo. Veghte’s elevation only soured the working relationship further. This tracks the 'word' I've gotten from HP folk all year; Bradley is apparently considered a Hurd clone, including the lack of ethics as well as brutal interpersonal 'skills'; Donatelli is seen as merely floundering. It will be fascinating to see what the 'locker room chatter' is about this latest move.
The other move that will be announced today is the position of chief marketing officer. In that role, Marty Homlish will be reassigned, and will be replaced by chief communications officer Henry Gomez. Sources said the two positions will be combined under Gomez. Long a key aide to Whitman, Gomez served as vice president for corporate communications at eBay, and headed up communications during Whitman’s run for governor of California. Before eBay, he was vice president of corporate affairs at HBO.
Chuck House, shown here with son Warren, is co-author with Raymond Price, of THE HP PHENOMENON: INNOVATION and BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION (2009, Stanford University Press). He is Exec Director of InnovaScapes Institute, which published his memoir of HP Colorado Springs, PERMISSION DENIED, in 2013. House, Chancellor Emeritus of Cogswell Polytechnical College, was also executive director of Media X, Stanford University's research program on innovation, media and technology. Previously director of Intel Corporation’s Virtual Collaboratory, EVP R/D at Dialogic, President of Spectron Microsystems, SVP at Veritas Software and Informix Software after 29 years at Hewlett-Packard in a wide variety of roles. An IEEE Fellow for Logic Analysis technology, he also was President of ACM, the world’s largest Computer Science society, and is an ACM Fellow. He holds HPs only Medal of Defiance, awarded by David Packard for "extraordinary contempt and defiance beyond the normal call of engineering duty". Other awards include Engineer of the Year, Smithsonian Wizard of Computing, Top 50 inventions of 20th century, CNN top 25 inventions of past 25 years, Intrapreneuring Honor Roll