HP appoints new chief strategy officer

19 Jan 2012

Bill Veghte, HP's new chief strategy officer and executive vice-president of HP Software

Technology giant HP has a new chief strategy officer – executive vice-president of HP Software Bill Veghte.

Veghte, who will retain his VP role, will now also be responsible for keeping HP on the cutting edge of innovation by working with HP’s senior business and technology leaders.

“Every 10 to 15 years, fundamental shifts occur in the IT industry that redefine how technology is delivered,” said Meg Whitman, HP president and chief executive officer.

“From mainframes to client/server to the internet, companies that identified the opportunity first and developed the right strategy came out on top. As we move forward, HP intends to stay on top, and I believe Bill has the knowledge and vision to keep us there.”

In addition to helping drive strategy for the company as a whole, Veghte will lead HP’s cloud and webOS open source initiatives.

Veghte joined HP in 2010 and in the most recent fiscal year, he grew HP’s software business by 18pc.

Prior to joining HP, Veghte spent two decades at Microsoft in various senior leadership roles. Most recently, he managed the company’s US$15bn global Windows business and was instrumental in the delivery and launch of Windows 7, HP said.