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HP’s Head of Cloud Computing Zorawar “Biri” Singh Departs

Word has just leaked out of Hewlett-Packard that Zorawar “Biri” Singh, senior vice president and general manager for Cloud Services, is leaving the company. Roger Levy, the group’s vice president for technology and customer relations, will replace him on an interim basis. I haven’t been able to find out if Singh is leaving for another job or if he’s just leaving.

The departure was confirmed by an HP spokesman moments ago, sending the following statement:

“HP remains committed to our Converged Cloud portfolio. In particular, HP Cloud Services is critical to HP’s efforts to deliver superior public cloud infrastructure, services and solutions to our customers. Roger Levy, vice president, Technology and Customer Operations of HP Cloud Services, will serve as the interim leader for HP Cloud Services. The company thanks Zorawar ‘Biri’ Singh for his passion and commitment to drive our public cloud vision and wish him well.”

biri_singhSingh had overseen HP’s global cloud computing footprint, including its infrastructure, platform services and ecosystem efforts.

He joined HP from IBM, hired by former CEO Léo Apotheker to build a cloud service platform that could compete with Amazon Web Services. Apotheker announced the effort at a big HP event in San Francisco in March of 2011.

It’s one part of the strategy elements initiated by Apotheker — who was CEO for only about 11 months — that HP has kept in place.

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