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PSG head vows to lead HP hardware operation

Simon Quicke

The current head of Hewlett-Packard's personal systems group (PSG) has indicated that he plans to stay at the helm of the operation even if the vendor decides to spin it off.

Todd Bradley has revealed his determination to stay in charge of the PSG efforts in an interview with Reuters and his comments keep the debate around the future of PSG in the public spotlight.

HP announced a couple of weeks ago that its strategy around the PSG group, which makes desktops and laptops and tablets, was changing and it would kill off its TouchPad product with immediate effect.

The options for the future of the PSG group included a sale, spin-off as an HP owned separate company or even leaving things as they are because there is plenty of time for cold feet with any sale or spin-off likely to take many months.

In his chat with the wire service Bradley seemed to be backing a spin-off, which he said would be best value for shareholders, but also sent a message of calm pointing out that the company would still be one of the largest PC makers in the world and its relationships with third-party component suppliers would not be particularly impacted.

Microcope's sister title, ITKnowledgeExhange.com, had identified the movements made by Bradley as one of the key things to watch out for to gain some sense of where the PSG unit was heading. 

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