HP poaches former Nokia MeeGo chief for its Windows tablet division
posted by Victor H. / Aug 20, 2012, 5:30 AM
Hewlett-Packard has been weeble-wobbling its way into mobile first with Palm and webOS, which just recently got restructured into the Gram division, and now it’s also created a brand new Mobility Global Business Unit that will apparently oversee HP Windows tablet development. What’s more interesting - HP has got former Nokia MeeGo chief Alberto Torres on board.
Now, Torres will work exclusively in the new division, so he’d have no involvement in the Gram webOS division. He’s getting the senior vice president post and will report directly to Todd Bradley, the head of the Printing and Personal Systems Group (PPSG) at HP.
Bottomline is that HP will now have two mobile division. The first one, Gram, is focusing on webOS, but it’s a complete mystery what that entails, and the other one, the newly setup Mobility unit will take care of HP Windows tablets. With the new ex-MeeGo head joining it on September 3rd, we can expect things to heat up in slates this fall, don’t you think? Below, you’d find the full memo
As the world’s largest PC and printing business, we make it matter for hundreds of millions of people each and every day. Today we are taking an important step to serve even more customers in new and exciting ways.
I am pleased to announce that we are creating a team dedicated to delivering the best mobility solutions in the industry. With this move, we are building on our commitment to re-invest in mobility via dedicated leadership, focused research and development, amazing new products and a growing suite of applications and services.
Our new Mobility Global Business Unit initially will focus on consumer tablets and will expand to additional segments and categories where we believe we can offer differentiated value to our customers. Our existing notebook teams, including our soon-to-be launched commercial tablet, will remain within the PC GBU under James Mouton at this time.
To lead the Mobility GBU, I am thrilled to announce that we have recruited a proven executive from the mobile-device industry. Alberto Torres, who most recently oversaw the MeeGo products and platform at Nokia as Executive Vice President, will join HP as Senior Vice President of Mobility, reporting to me.
I am excited to have Alberto join us. During his seven years at Nokia, he held a variety of critical leadership positions, including two years on the company’s Executive Board. In earlier roles at Nokia, Alberto ran the company’s premium brand, its accessory and CDMA businesses and corporate strategy. Prior to Nokia, he was a partner at McKinsey and Company, where he worked with industry leaders in mobile devices, consumer technologies, software and Internet services. A Ph.D in computer science from Stanford University, Alberto currently holds vice chairman roles with the firms Bang & Olufsen and Opera Software.
Alberto’s first order of business will be to accelerate our tablet strategy and begin to execute products against our consumer/SMB target. The exact structure of his team will follow that strategy.
Alberto’s start date will be September 3. Please join me in welcoming Alberto to HP and in supporting him and his team in their important work.
"Hewlett-Packard has been weeble-wobbling its way into mobile first with Palm and webOS"
That's flat out wrong. HP had a range of mobile devices since at least the late 90s, with both their own Jornada range of devices and Compaq's iPaq range after they bought Compaq. They even had what passed for smartphones at the time.
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