Whitman to remain on HPE board of directors
Meg Whitman took the reins of HP in September 2011, and navigated the company through a split into HP, which sells PCs ands and printers, and HPE, which focuses on enterprise technology enablement. Effective Feb. 1, 2018, Whitman will hand off the top job to current HPE President Antonio Neri; both will join the company’s board of directors.
“I’m incredibly proud of all we’ve accomplished since I joined HP in 2011,” Whitman said in a statement. “Today, Hewlett Packard moves forward as four industry-leading companies that are each well positioned to win in their respective markets. Now is the right time for Antonio and a new generation of leaders to take the reins of HPE. I have tremendous confidence that they will continue to build a great company that will thrive well into the future.”
HPE executes against a three-tiered strategy: hybrid IT with a focus on data center, software-defined infrastructure, systems software and private cloud; edge computing for campus and branch networking and the industrial IoT; and advisory, professional and operational services.
Neri started with HP in 1995 as a customer service engineer. In 2011 he took over the Technology Services business, then the Server and Networking units, then began leading the Enterprise group in 2015.
He said in a statement: “The world of technology is changing fast, and we’ve architected HPE to take advantage of where we see the markets heading.” He said the company “is in a tremendous position to win, and we remain focused on executing our strategy, driving our innovation agenda, and delivering the next wave of shareholder value.”