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HP UK boss to leave for Korean post

Paul Kunert

Hewlett-Packard UK and Ireland vice president and managing director Stephen Gill is set to leave at the end of the month to head up the vendor's business in Korea.

He has been in the role for seven years and took over the UK operation when HP was in the midst of integrating Compaq, succeeding Phil Lawler.

"We can confirm that HP has announced the appointment of Stephen Gill as managing director and vice president for HP South Korea, with effect 1 July 2009," said an HP spokeswoman.

"In his new role, Gill will lead the KP Korea management team and drive the continued growth of HP's enterprise business," she added.

A replacement is yet to be named but whoever takes over is doing so in a tough market that is 20% to 25% smaller than last year and is facing discontent from channel partners that have been stung by HP taking business direct.

In the recent second quarter results, HP Amercias grew revenues 9% to $12.1bn, while in EMEA and Asia Pacific, sales declined 11% and 10% respectively to $10.6bn and $4.7bn.

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