Investor Newsletter from Jim Burns, announcing new IR team members.
Today, Cathie Lesjak announced changes to Hewlett-Packard's Investor Relations team. I will be transitioning into a new position as VP of Finance for HP's Enterprise Business led by Ann Livermore. Following a careful search of highly qualified candidates, Steve Fieler has accepted the role of Vice President of Investor Relations.
Steve brings excellent finance credentials and business experience from inside and outside the company to this role. Steve can be reached at my former phone number, 650-857-3009, or at email@example.com. In addition, Cliff Wagner has rotated out of his position as Director of Investor Relations into a new role in Personal Systems Group.
These are excellent rotational opportunities for Steve and Cliff that will broaden their experience and leadership abilities and strengthen HP's executive team overall. To ensure a smooth transition and knowledge transfer, I will manage HP's Q3 2010 earnings cycle and shift responsibilities to Steve over the next several months.
We have also hired Catriona Fallon and Charly Kevers into the Investor Relations organization. They will be working closely with the team for the next few weeks to prepare for their new responsibilities. Beth Howe, Amar Maletira and Nancy Keller are remaining on the IR team.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience in Investor Relations over the past several years and appreciated the relationships I forged with you. I assure you that the new team will continue to work hard to meet your expectations through this transition and beyond.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
I am pleased to announce that Steve Fieler has accepted the role of Vice President of Investor Relations, reporting directly to me. Steve replaces Jim Burns, who has been named Vice President of Finance for Enterprise Business. Jim now supports Ann Livermore, who leads Hewlett-Packard’s storage, server, software and services businesses. Jim will manage HP’s Q3 2010 earnings and will work with Steve to facilitate a smooth transition of responsibilities prior to our Q4 earnings release. Steve will be based in Palo Alto, CA and can be reached at 650-857-3009.
Steve joins Investor Relations from HP Software and Solutions (HPSS) where he held several leadership roles across Sales and Marketing. Most recently, Steve was responsible for Worldwide Field Operations where he helped drive the efficiency and effectiveness of the global software sales force. Prior to HPSS, Steve was Senior Director of Strategy & Corporate Development where he drove various M&A and strategy projects, including approximately $7 billion of software acquisitions from 2004-2008.
Prior to joining HP, Steve was an executive at a venture-backed software company and a venture capitalist at Thomas H. Lee, Putnam Ventures. Steve began his career at General Electric Company, rotating through several finance roles across different geographies and GE businesses. Steve holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School and a BA degree in Economics and International Relations from Brown University.
In addition, Catriona Fallon and Charly Kevers will be joining the Investor Relations team, reporting to Steve. Catriona begins immediately and Charly will start on September 1.
Catriona was most recently Director of Strategic Intelligence at HP where she led numerous strategic and competitive analyses across our businesses. Prior to HP, she spent seven years on Wall Street, most recently at Citi Investment Research as an Equity Analyst covering software, technology and media companies. She was recognized in Best on the Street Analysts Survey by the Wall Street Journal in 2008. Before Citi, Catriona worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and in marketing at Oracle. She holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School and a BA degree in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Charly currently works in Strategy & Corporate Development supporting key acquisitions for HP and leading portfolio reviews and operational efficiency initiatives. Previously, Charly was an associate in J.P. Morgan’s Mergers & Acquisitions group, where he focused on technology and healthcare transactions. Prior to that, he was a manager at Samsung and a consultant for L.E.K. Consulting. Charly earned an MBA degree from INSEAD and a master’s degree in Finance from ESCP Europe.
Finally, I am announcing that Cliff Wagner, who was previously Director of Investor Relations, has rotated into the role of Vice President of Customer Experience and Warranty Support for Personal Systems Group in the Americas. In this new assignment, Cliff will have responsibility for PC support and warranty for all segments in the region.
Beth Howe, Amar Maletira and Nancy Keller are remaining on the IR team.
Please join me in welcoming Steve, Catriona and Charly as they assume their new roles in Investor Relations and thanking Jim and Cliff for their service and wishing them the best in their new assignments.
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