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Adrian Jones leaves HP

Hewlett-Packard’s former channel chief exits as Leo Apotheker- era executive shuffle continues.

Adrian Jones, a Hewlett-Packard executive well known to the HP channel, is leaving the company, has learned.

Jones has told associates he is moving on but provided no more information. HP had no comment. There is considerable speculation among HP partners who know Jones that he will surface at Oracle, perhaps heading up the Sun hardware channel. Former HP CEO Mark Hurd brought Jones into HP and is now co-president of Oracle.

Most recently, Jones headed up sales for HP enterprise servers and storage in Asia. But from March 2007, when he joined HP, until 2009, Jones drove HP’s PartnerOne organization and is credited by partners for greatly improving HP’s channel relationships and programs.

In the fall of 2009, he was moved to head up sales for HP’s enterprise servers and storage group in the Asia-Pacific region.

This is just the latest in a series of executive changes at the IT giant since Leo Apotheker was named CEO in October. Last month, Randy Runk left the company as John Maguire stepped in to lead HP Enterprise Services from Accenture.

Runk was recruited to HP from Oracle in 2007 by Hurd to head HP’s Americas sales organization. Then he was put in charge of Global Accounts within that organization -- a smaller job. Randy Seidl was brought in to run Americas sales for HP’s enterprise and emerging growth accounts, and Runk moved over to HP Enterprise Services, once known as EDS.

It’s hard to tell if these changes result from the normal ebb and flow of executives at a company HP’s size or if they represent a planned changing of the guard initiated by the new CEO and updated board of directors.

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