HPE Australia boss to depart

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HPE Australia boss to depart
Alan Hyde

Australian to return from Singapore for top local job.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise's Australian leader Alan Hyde will step down at the end of November after two years in the job.

Hyde joined HP Australia from NEC in 2014, where he served as managing director. 

He will be replaced by Stephen Bovis, a HP veteran who has had a long career with the organisation, including several senior local roles, dating back to Compaq.

Bovis' most recent Australian position was director of enterprise servers and storage, before he was promoted to an Asia Pacific and Japan role in 2009.

The change of leadership was announced to HPE staff and partners during its global partner conference in Boston. HPE had not responded to request for comment at the time of writing.

The change in leadership comes at a time of continued upheaval at HPE as the company strives to become a leaner, more nimble organisation. This process began when the formerly US$100 billion-plus united HP split into two halves: HPE and HP Inc, the printers and PCs side of the business.

While HP Inc has been boasting of a newfound innovation as a standalone entity, HPE has continued restructuring. It sold its services business to CSC in May and only last week announced the further spin off and merger of its software business to Micro Focus.

The combined Australian business has posted four consecutive years of losses.

In its most recent results lodged with the corporate regulator, covering the 12 months to 31 October 2015 - before the historic split - the combined Hewlett-Packard Australia lost $229 million.

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