HP UK PSG boss quits after four months in charge

Hewlett-Packard is again on the hunt for someone to lead its PC business in the UK after it emerged current incumbent Gordon Ballantyne has quit to join Australian telco Telstra. He only became UK and Ireland vice president for the personal systems group in December, five months after veteran David

Hewlett-Packard is again on the hunt for someone to lead its PC business in the UK after it emerged current incumbent Gordon Ballantyne has quit to join Australian telco Telstra.

He only became UK and Ireland vice president for the personal systems group in December, five months after veteran David Wright left the operation.

"It is with regret that we would like to inform that Gordon Ballantyne has decided that he will be leaving HP to move to Australia where he will be joining a major telco operator," a spokesman told MicroScope.

He added that Ballantyne "brought a great deal of energy into the organisation for the short while he has been with us" but that a new life down under was a long held ambition for the family.

According to reports, Ballantyne will become Telstra group consumer and channels managing director from June.

His impact on sales has yet to be defined as first quarter figures for the UK have not been released by the major analysts, however in 2009 HP lost ground to Acer which seized the top spot in the market due to its strength in retail.

Several factors could cause the market share line-up to change this year though as tax rises potentially force consumers to rein in spending, while the corporate enterprise market - HP and Dell's heartland - refreshes ageing PC estates.

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