Hewlett Packard Enterprise gives UK boss control of Ireland

No, not the whole country, just the whole country operation

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After three decades at or near the top of HPE’s Irish ops - latterly the standalone Enterprise organisation - Martin Murphy is to leave the business by the end of February, El Reg can confirm.

In a memo to staff, recently installed UK and Ireland managing director Marc Waters, said Murphy had “decided to leave HPE at the end of Q1 FY17”.

“To ensure a smooth transition and minimise the impact to the Ireland business, Martin will take on the role of chairman of the HPE business in Ireland effective 1 November,” he added.

During this period, Murphy will retain full fiduciary responsibility for the organisation, though Waters will grab hold of the sales organ.

The outgoing boss ran HP for 16 years, “from developing new business to working with the Irish government to enhance our presence in the country”.

The corporate carve-up that saw HP’s PC and printer business spun out in November to form HP Inc and the remainder branded Hewlett Packard Enterprise, means Murphy’s portfolio has shrunken.

HPE, which is also offloading its software and enterprise services businesses, is also understood to be smaller than HP Inc in Ireland.

Our sources claimed Murphy was leaving HPE with a redundancy cheque as it made more sense to combine the UK and Ireland top jobs, with the cost saving implications that involved.

In addition to HPE, Murphy is a board and finance committee member at the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, chairman of the Labour Advisory Market Council and a board member at the National Treasury Management Agency.

As a result of the job change, Declan Hogan will report to Matt Harris who runs the data centre and hybrid IT unit from the UK, and Ciaran Meehan will report to Mark Armstrong, who runs UK Technology Services sales. ®

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