HPE rejigs top management in India

Come November, HPE India's Neelam Dhawan, Som Satsangi, Barun Lala and Joybrata Mukherjee will pursue newer roles.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) in India will appear much the same, yet different from management team perspective.

HPE India has reshuffled the roles of its existing senior executives all at once which will be effective from November 01 of 2016.

Neelam Dhawan as VP & GM – Enterprise Group and Country MD for HPE India will assume regional leadership role at APJ level. “Effective November 1 this year, Neelam will lead the Global Industries, Strategic Alliances & Inside Sales for HPE Asia Pacific and Japan. She will continue in her role as country managing director for India,” confirmed HPE spokesperson to IDG India.

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Som Satsangi now as ‎Vice President, Enterprise Servers, Storage & Networking, HPE India from November 1 will be the new leader for the enterprise group at HPE India as per the company. However the HPE spokesperson refused to comment on the whether Som will replace Neelam’s role as India leader.

Som has close to two decade association with HP in varied senior roles with HP (now HPE) since 2003 and earlier with Compaq (acquired by HP) since 2003.

The leadership team handling HPE India channels have been realigned too which would come in force from November 01 this year.

The current channel chief of HPE India Barun Lala will take over a new role at HPE India. Barun Lala with HP since 2002 will be the India leader for the Global Industries, Strategic Alliances and Inside Sales at HPE India, asserted HPE spokesperson.

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Joybrata Mukherjee will be the new channel chief as the India leader for the Channels, SMB and Service Provider at HPE India. This role was earlier handled by Barun Lala. Joybrata at present is country head for HP Storage Business at Hewlett Packard Enterprise India over his continued stint with erstwhile HP since 2008.

IDG India enquired about the rationale for this extensive reshuffle of many senior executives of HPE India at one go. HPE spokesperson did not comment directly but referred to the mid-year announcement by HPE President & CEO Meg Whitman in June 2016.

Whitman then had highlighted HPE organizational changes to boost company’s momentum with organizational improvements. She also listed recent changes or exits (at that time) in some senior management executives on global level.  

“After we complete the spin of our Enterprise Services business in March 2017, our goal is to create a standalone company that is more efficient, agile and innovative right out of the gate. To that end, we are implementing some organizational changes to make HPE even stronger and more successful to win in the marketplace,” said Whitman in the report.

“After completing the spin of our enterprise services business in March 2017, our goal is creating a standalone company that is more efficient, agile and innovative right out of the gate. We are implementing some organizational changes to make HPE even stronger and more successful to win in the marketplace.”      Meg Whitman, President & CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise 

How will these change of senior executives’ roles disrupt the current HPE ecosystem of HPE-Channels–CIO in India? HPE spokesperson refused to comment on the same.  

However HPE made a preamble at its Global Partner Conference in September this year.

The company indicated the change in channels outlook with introductions designed for accelerated channel growth. The also announced Partner Ready program expansion, new services and solutions ensure HPE and partners are prepared to address shifting market dynamics, services orientation.

A week ago, HPE announced fiscal year 2017 outlook at Hewlett Packard Enterprise's (HPE) 2016 Securities Analyst Meeting. It highlighted important financials that included anticipating an operating company net cash balance of approximately $8 billion ending FY17 and the expectation of normalized free cash flow for the future HPE to be $2.1-$2.4 billion.

HPE India senior management team in new roles from November 01 onwards will pursue aggressive business plan to contribute to the expected global numbers.

And that is much needed in today’s hyper competitive technology OEM landscape.