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September 30, 2010 at 1:47 PM

HP hires SAP vet as CEO

HP decided not to poach any current or former Microsoft executives for its chief executive position.

The company announced that its new boss is Leo Apotheker, formerly chief executive of German enterprise software giant SAP.

It remains to be seen how the change at the world’s biggest computer maker will affect relations with Microsoft and HP’s large but shrinking presence in the Northwest.

But SAP has been a key partner with Microsoft, which considered buying SAP around six years ago. The two companies ended up working closely together on ways to integrate SAP with Office and other Microsoft business products.

From HP’s release:

During Apotheker’s more than 20 years at SAP, he was a driving force in making it the largest business software applications company in the world. Apotheker helped develop and implement the most significant changes in SAP history. During his tenure, he transformed R&D and technology platforms and expanded business models and customer segments. Apotheker also helped lead SAP to 18 consecutive quarters of double-digit software revenue growth between 2004 and 2009.

“HP has a powerful mix of businesses, products and services, one of the most innovative cultures in the industry, and an accomplished management team who have played a critical role in its success,” Apotheker said in the release. “I am deeply honored to be joining the more than 300,000 dedicated HP employees.”

HP also added former Oracle President Ray Lane to its board and made him non-executive chairman.

Oracle’s where HP’s ousted chief executive, Mark Hurd, landed after he was found to have fudged expense reports covering dates with an actress.

At the least, Apotheker will make make HP’s top office more cosmopolitan. His bio:

Apotheker was born in Aachen, Germany on September 18, 1953, and graduated with a BA in Economics and International Relations from Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He is fluent in five languages (English, Dutch, French, German and Hebrew) and was awarded the French Legion d’honneur in 2007 in recognition of his business leadership and contribution to the French economy.

Comments | Topics: Enterprise, HP, Microsoft

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