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HP update: Breaking up is hard to do

Edging closer to the historic split of Hewlett-Packard into two formidable companies — HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise — a couple of top executives are on their way out.

Today, HP announced that Bill Veghte, executive vice president and general manager of HP’s Enterprise Group (EG), would leave his position at the end of the summer. Veghte served in his latest position since August 2013. Prior to that he was COO and chief strategy officer for a year and eight months. He joined HP in May 2010.

Antonio Neri, senior vice president and general manager with HP EG, will officially assume Veghte’s role, which he stepped into while Veghte focused on efforts around the HP split with the Separation Management Office. Neri joined HP in 1995.

HP also announced that Chris Hsu, senior vice president, organizational performance at HP since May 2014, would assume the role of COO for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He worked with Veghte at the Separation Management Office.

In addition, Harry Gould sent an email to partners announcing that today was his last day as vice president of worldwide alliances and channels at HP Software. Gould served in this position since April 2013. The note went on to say:

I want to thank you for your help and guidance over the last 2 years and 3 months. I thought I knew a lot about partnering having done it for several enterprise software companies but our partnership has provided a tremendous opportunity at scale to learn even more. I believe our partnership is stronger than ever. I also believe HPE and HPI have very bright futures and seeing as though I am a long time resident of Palo Alto (I live 3 blocks from the Garage!) I have a vested interest in the success of the two new companies.

As for me, I will be returning to a much smaller and software only company. Looking at several options but you can be assured wherever I go I look forward to partnering with you. I will let you know as soon as I land.

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