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HP's Strategy Officer Leaves, No Replacement Planned

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HP's Chief Strategy Officer is to step down next week, but the company has said they have no plans to replace him.

HP on Thursday announced that Shane Robison, Chief Strategy Officer at the company, would be stepping down from his position on November 1. Robison's departure comes after 11 years of service at HP and right after the company appointed new CEO Meg Whitman. Robison's role was to shape HP’s corporate strategy and technology agenda. He was instrumental in steering the company’s multibillion-dollar research and development investment and has led many of the company’s largest merger and acquisition activities. He also served as a member of the company’s Executive Council.

"Shane has been a powerful innovator for our business groups and other corporate divisions," Whitman said of Robison. "His passion for research and development has ensured that innovation continues at HP."

Robison's decision comes at a critical time for HP. It's aforementioned CEO has only been in the saddle for a few weeks and the company is expected to make a decision regarding its Personal Systems Group any day now. What's more, Barron's reports that Robison had recently had WebOS added to his list of responsiblities. Apparently, when HP announced that it was shelving its tablet efforts, former CEO Leo Apotheker handed WebOS over to Robison to look after. HP said in a statement that it is not seeking a replacement for Shane:

" [...] in an effort to drive strategy, research and development closer to the company’s businesses, [HP] will not be replacing the role of chief strategy and technology officer."

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    house70 , October 25, 2011 12:40 PM
    Makes sense; they have no strategy to speak of.
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    house70 , October 25, 2011 12:40 PM
    Makes sense; they have no strategy to speak of.
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    MasterMace , October 25, 2011 2:31 PM
    Here's the strat: screw you all, I'm going home.
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    KonstantinDK , October 25, 2011 3:19 PM
    MasterMaceHere's the strat: screw you all, I'm going home.

    You mean: Screw you guys, I'm going home
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    ravewulf , October 25, 2011 3:42 PM
    "in an effort to drive strategy... [HP] will not be replacing the role of chief strategy and technology officer"

    Right. See how that works out for you.
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    husker , October 25, 2011 4:31 PM
    ravewulf"in an effort to drive strategy... [HP] will not be replacing the role of chief strategy and technology officer"Right. See how that works out for you.

    Exactly. By their way of thinking they might as well eliminate the CEO and CFO to drive key decisions and finances the same way.
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    Dacatak , October 25, 2011 4:38 PM
    How can they plan a strategic replacement if their strategic planner took a "strategic fallback"?
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    cookoy , October 25, 2011 5:51 PM
    HP - We Handle Problems just like Hot Potatoes In(hot)vent.
    Just drop them!
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    wintermint , October 25, 2011 6:17 PM
    Never thought I have the chance to see corporate suicide. HP has been making dramatic and retarded changes which have hurt the company as a whole and their wallet deeply. As for this guy leaving, what strategy?
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    Anonymous , October 25, 2011 6:29 PM
    must suck to be an HP customer/employee/shareholder right now
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    jhansonxi , October 25, 2011 7:16 PM
    wintermintNever thought I have the chance to see corporate suicide.
    Apparently you missed the 3dfx disaster.
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    belardo , October 25, 2011 7:34 PM
    LOL... this is seriously funny crap.

    HP just gets dumber by the day? Did they hire people from Commodore and the teaparties? With such stupid business choices for the past year, consumers and enterprise customers cannot and should not have faith in HP.
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    legacy7955 , October 25, 2011 8:33 PM
    I don't see why you would need a "strategy officer" if the CEO knew what they were doing, I think we are seeing the culling of too many "chiefs" and too few indians...this is a GOOD thing at HP, they need to get people in the executive positions that actually EARN their keep and unload the rest of the leeches making too much money and not achieving anything at the top executive levels.
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    alidan , October 25, 2011 9:13 PM
    if he was just a tool that chased buzzwords... that good riddance, i wonder how much of their current situation has to do with him.

    personally i would want corporate strategy to be handled by a team of engineers, you know, the people who really know things, and not people who think they do telling them bad decisions.
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    azxcvbnm321 , October 25, 2011 10:59 PM
    Engineers focus too much on stats and objective measurements which are fails in the real world. Look at Apple, much of their success is due to making a "cool" product that looks good. The desktop Mac has always been more expensive and less powerful than equivalent "PC" desktops, but many people like the look and the stylish colors. In the engineer's world, the Mac should not have survived and AMD should have been the dominant chip maker back in the days when they had the superior design and performance.
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    cyberkuberiah , October 26, 2011 9:54 AM
    more frankly , a replacement is not needed :p 
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    eddieroolz , October 27, 2011 2:17 AM
    So HP will be going without strategy from now on eh. Like they needed to hasten their death?