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Strategy Chief Shane Robison to Retire From Hewlett-Packard

In the first significant management change since Meg Whitman became its CEO, Hewlett-Packard announced just minutes ago that Shane Robison, its chief strategy and technology officer, will be retiring from the company, effective Nov. 1. HP said he won’t be replaced.

Robison’s brief had been to oversee corporate strategy, technology and research. HP Labs, run by Prith Banerjee, reported up through Robison.

And as head of strategy and corporate development, Robison was also in charge of mergers and acquisitions. His official bio gives him credit as the principal architect of many of HP’s larger deals, including its 2002 merger with Compaq, and the acquisitions of Mercury Interactive, Opsware, EDS and 3Com. He came to HP by way of Compaq, where he was a senior VP.

HP’s announcement is below:

PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– HP (NYSE:HPQ – News) today announced Shane Robison will retire as executive vice president and chief strategy and technology officer effective Nov. 1.

Robison, an 11-year HP veteran, also served as a member of the company’s Executive Council. In his role, he was responsible for shaping HP’s corporate strategy and technology agenda. He was instrumental in steering the company’s multibillion-dollar research and development investment and has led many of the company’s largest merger and acquisition activities.

HP also announced that, in an effort to drive strategy, research and development closer to the company’s businesses, it will not be replacing the role of chief strategy and technology officer.

“Shane has been a powerful innovator for our business groups and other corporate divisions,” said Meg Whitman, HP president and chief executive officer. “His passion for research and development has ensured that innovation continues at HP.”

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