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HP overhaul continues with webOS layoffs

After announcing in August that it plans to spin off its Personal Systems Group, Hewlett-Packard is making more moves. HP confirmed that it plans to lay off more than 500 webOS Global Business Unit (GBU) employees from its soon-to-be-discontinued webOS hardware business.

HP wants to do away with the hardware portion of webOS, but possibly salvage the software part. Based on HP’s decisions so far, it looks like the mobile operating system has no future at HP and the company’s eventual plan for it remains to be seen. There has been talk of licensing the OS to third-party vendors or players such as Google or Facebook.

Though PSG head Todd Bradley said back in August that HP should spin off PSG, HP executives have been short on details so far.

What will Mike Parrottino’s promotion mean to PSG?
HP hasn’t announced long-term PSG plans yet, but it did say last week that Mike Parrottino will be the new head of the solution partner organization within PSG, meaning he will lead U.S. PSG channel sales.

Parrottino has put in 24 years at HP, most recently as the vice president of PSG sales and business management, and is a stabilizing influence at a time when PSG is in turmoil. HP thinks highly enough of Parrottino to put him in such an instrumental channel role, but one has to wonder whether PSG, and his role within it, will be intact even a few months from now.

HP is banking on PSG senior vice president and general manager for the Americas Stephen DiFranco and Parrottino’s leadership to guide the PSG through uncertain times.

Update: Rumors are now circulating that Apotheker’s run at HP could be coming to a close.

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