Feeds

HP hires Youngjohns to head up Autonomy

Tries to counter cool winds blowing through HP's software biz

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

HP has filled the Mike Lynch-shaped hole at the top of its Autonomy business with another Brit, Robert Youngjohns, the boss of Microsoft's North America empire.

Lynch left the organisation early in the summer in a phased restructure that will see a total of 27,000 HPers – or 7.7 per cent of the workforce – leave by the end of fiscal 2014.

In a canned statement, HP confirmed Youngjohns will become senior veep and GM for Autonomy/Information Management from 17 September, reporting to George Kadifa, exec veep for HP Software.

Kadifa said in a PR blurb: "I am excited to see the guidance he [Youngjohns] will bring to our Autonomy/IM business and the insights and perspectives he will add to the HP Software leadership team".

The move will see Youngjohns working closely with another ex-Microsoft man, Bill Veghte, who was lifted from his role as chief strategy officer and GM of HP's software biz back in May to be made COO and to work as caretaker of Autonomy, whose acquisition cost HP over $10bn in 2011.

Veghte is trying to provide the necessary glue to make HP's various operating divisions work more closely together.

Clearly Youngjohns has a job of work ahead. HP CEO Meg Whitman has already highlighted the disappointing trade Autonomy has had in Q2, admitting it will take several quarters to fix issues related to execution.

The software numbers were better in Q3 but again Whitman said in a conference call with analysts that Autonomy "still requires a great deal of attention, and we've been aggressively working on that business".

She added: "Among the many changes we've instituted is a global dashboard to track Autonomy's pipeline: a single global sales methodology."

Youngjohns comes with a good pedigree: prior to Microsoft he was president and CEO at Callidus Software and before that worked in various senior roles at Sun Microsystems and IBM. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.