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HP's Strategy Officer Leaves, No Replacement Planned

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."

  • house70
    Makes sense; they have no strategy to speak of.
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  • MasterMace
    Here's the strat: screw you all, I'm going home.
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  • KonstantinDK
    MasterMaceHere's the strat: screw you all, I'm going home.You mean: Screw you guys, I'm going home
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaPysXyndJ4
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  • ravewulf
    "in an effort to drive strategy... 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
    ravewulf"in an effort to drive strategy... 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
    How can they plan a strategic replacement if their strategic planner took a "strategic fallback"?
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  • cookoy
    HP - We Handle Problems just like Hot Potatoes In(hot)vent.
    Just drop them!
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  • wintermint
    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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  • must suck to be an HP customer/employee/shareholder right now
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  • jhansonxi
    wintermintNever thought I have the chance to see corporate suicide.Apparently you missed the 3dfx disaster.
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