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Time for that fiscal New Year rejig

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An EMEA-wide overhaul dreamed up by HP execs to lift the fortunes of the Enterprise Services division — and cut out costs — will be implemented in time for the fiscal New Year starting next month.

Under the new-look biz, ES has consolidated from nine sub-regions into four ‘super’ clusters including North (Benelux and Nordics), Central (DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) and central, Eastern Europe), South (France, Italy and Iberia) and the UK & Ireland (commercial, public sector and MEMA).

As El Chan revealed recently, HP CEO Meg Whitman’s former chief of staff Jacqui Ferguson is set to replace Craig Wilson as the ES GM for the UK, Ireland and MEMA from 1 November.

The other cluster heads will include Michael Eberhardt for the central region, Sergio Colella in the south, and Enrique Solbes in the north, replacing Peter Overakker, who was regional veep for General Western Europe.

HP confirmed Overakker is to retire from the company.

Underneath the clusters will sit seven practices, in place by the start of next month, including Mobility and Workplace Solutions, Workload and Cloud Solutions, Analytics and Data Management, Applications and Service Excellence, Enterprise Security, Business and Process Services, and Industry Solutions.

The majority of the heads of the practices are still to be named, according to industry sources.

Application Business Services is to mirror the wider ES structure, and as such, Tony Deegan, who is veep for central and local government at integrator CGI is set run the UK and Ireland unit, and MEMA.

This means he effectively replaces Jan van der Vliet as the head of ABS UK and Ireland, Paul Jennings, who runs the ABS in UK and Ireland public sector, and Soji Skariah, who controlled ABS for MEMA.

ES is in cost cutting mode across EMEA, implementing more stringent policies toward travel, overtime, recruitment, customer implementation and redundancies.

The division reported a seven per cent fall in turnover to $16.88bn in the first nine months of the current fiscal, but pre-tax profits bounced to $429m, up from $424m in the prior comparative period. ®

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