HP's newly appointed CEO Meg Whitman already has a long list of things to do and oversee, not the least of which is to figure out what to do with the company's PC business. And then there's the whole challenge of trying to restore confidence in a company that seems to be swirling with uncertainty, not to mention the challenge of turning around HP's fortunes. If all that weren't enough, Whitman now has to forge ahead without HP's chief strategy and technology officer.
The position is being vacated by the soon-to-be retired Shane Robison on November 1, 2011. His pending retirement ends an 11-year run with the company, during which time he played a big part in growing HP's business through mergers and acquisitions.
"Shane has been a powerful innovator for our business groups and other corporate divisions," said Whitman. "His passion for research and development has ensured that innovation continues at HP."
At the same time, "in an effort to drive strategy, research, and development closer to the company's businesses, it will not be replacing the role of chief strategy and technology officer," HP said in a statement. This has to make one wonder if Robison's departure is coming on his own accord or if he was essentially forced into retirement.
Either way, the issue at hand for Whitman is figuring out to do with HP's Personal Systems Group (PSG). Recent rumbling suggest Whitman is leaning towards keeping the group within HP rather than spinning it off or selling it outright, but a final determination has not yet been made.