HP Confirms Printer, PC Groups Merger

HP has confirmed reports that it plans to shove its Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) division into the Personal Systems Group (PSG) lead by Todd Bradley. The combined entity will officially be called the Printing and Personal Systems Group, and as reported on Tuesday, Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president of IPG, will be leaving the company.

On Wednesday HP said that Joshi will be retiring after a 31-year career at HP. Under Joshi’s leadership, IPG has grown revenue from $19 billion to $26 billion, and doubled its operating profit to approximately $4 billion.

"VJ embodies the spirit of HP and his impact on the company has been tremendous," said Meg Whitman, president and chief executive officer, HP. "Under his leadership, IPG accelerated innovation and pioneered solutions that transformed the printing market. We wish him the very best as he embarks on a new chapter in his life."

The newly christened Printing and Personal Systems Group (PPSG) is part of HP's "organizational realignment" to improve performance and drive profitable growth across the entire HP portfolio. HP said that combining these two entities will rationalize HP’s go-to-market strategy, branding, supply chain and customer support worldwide.

"This will lead to a better customer experience and drive innovation across personal computing and printing," the company explained on Wednesday. "This realignment is expected to provide opportunities for cost savings and accelerate HP’s ability to pursue profitable growth and reinvest in the business."

In addition to the new PPSG, HP said it is also taking steps to unify and streamline certain key business functions. The Global Accounts Sales organization will join the HP Enterprise Group led by David Donatelli which now includes Enterprise Servers, Storage, Networking and Technology Services.

HP also plans to unify its Marketing functions across business units under Marty Homlish, executive vice president and chief marketing officer. HP’s Communications employees worldwide will be similarly unified under Henry Gomez, executive vice president and chief communications officer. The company is even moving the Global Real Estate function from Finance into Global Technology and Business Processes.

"Ensuring we have the right organizational structure in place is a critical first step in driving improved execution, and increasing effectiveness and efficiency," Whitman stated. "The result will be a faster, more streamlined, performance-driven HP that is customer focused and poised to capitalize on rapidly shifting industry trends."

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