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HP appoints Bill Veghte as new Chief Strategy Officer, to lead webOS open source initiative 26

by Derek Kessler Tue, 17 Jan 2012 7:04 pm EST

Time to learn a new name: Bill Veghte. Before today Mr. Veghte was HP Executive Vice President of HP Software, today he's still that, but he's also HP's new Chief Strategy Officer, replacing the retired Shane Robison's position. In his new role, Veghte will "work with HP's senior business and technology leaders to help define the IT industry's future and make certain HP continues to lead the way." Pretty vague stuff, but it ties in pretty well with his EVP of Software title.

In addition to being CSO, Veghte will also be taking the lead on HP's Cloud and webOS open source initiatives (both left over from the Office of Strategy and Technology). With respect to webOS, Veghte's role was described in an email from CEO Meg Whitman HP staff as one that will "work closely with Ari [Jaaksi, head of webOS development] and his team on the future of webOS." Whitman also noted that she believes that webOS "will fundamentally change the market" if HP "enables it in the right way." Here's hoping that Bill Veghte is the man to get the job done - he brings 20 years of software development at Microsoft (leading Windows 98, CE 3.0, Server 2003, and Windows 7 development, among other things). But open source? That's an entirely different beast.

Full press release after the break.

HP Names Bill Veghte Chief Strategy Officer

PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 17, 2012

HP today announced that Bill Veghte has been appointed chief strategy officer.

In addition to his new responsibilities, Veghte will continue in his current role as executive vice president of HP Software.

As chief strategy officer, Veghte will be responsible for keeping HP on the cutting edge of innovation. He will work with HP’s senior business and technology leaders to help define the IT industry’s future and make certain HP continues to lead the way. Veghte’s new role reaffirms HP’s commitment to providing customers with the latest platforms, products and services needed for success in a rapidly changing world.

“Every 10 to 15 years, fundamental shifts occur in the IT industry that redefine how technology is delivered,” said Meg Whitman, HP president and chief executive officer. “From mainframes to client/server to the internet, companies that identified the opportunity first and developed the right strategy came out on top. As we move forward, HP intends to stay on top, and I believe Bill has the knowledge and vision to keep us there.”

In addition to helping drive strategy for the company as a whole, Veghte will lead HP’s cloud and webOS open source initiatives.

Veghte joined HP in 2010. In the most recent fiscal year, he grew HP’s software business by 18 percent. Prior to HP, he spent two decades at Microsoft in a variety of senior leadership positions. Most recently, he managed the company’s $15 billion global Windows® business and was instrumental in the delivery and launch of Windows 7.

About HP

HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world’s largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure to solve customer problems. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.

Source: HP


He will need about 3 months to get up to speed on webOS so there's your excuse for nothing to happen until Summer.

Don't be silly. Surely we'll get another Twitter client? Astraware will meet 4,000 in sales, maybe. Forum members will continue to "plan" open source domination in the unlikely event HP falls.

WebOS has never been better, and you know these "initiatives" are going to be stunners, just like Bill Veghte will "make certain HP continues to lead the way."

You know HP....BIG leaders. No following here....

Are you gonna be here until webOS Nation shuts down? Sheesh...

Oh....we're heralding HP and cheering them on now? No pledges to never purchase another product of theirs again or support them in any way?

It's like WWE around here. Let me know when they've done another heel turn.



Great, I'm excited. As a retired programmer, I was disturbed when windows 98 was taken away. I now love WEBOS, it is the greatest ever. Keep improving, and improving....Don't take it away.

You aren't paying webOS any compliments.

Dude i was thinking the same thing. that's pretty funny.

LOL, I had to scroll down to hit the reply button on that post and was going to say almost the exact same thing!

I can see it as the new slogan: "Open Source webOS, its the new Windows 98!!"

They should take these pictures with them holding a shovel. I guess that's what Photoshop is for... really, I'm crossing my fingers. LOVE webOS

este hombre, tendrá planes de WebOs y open mobile, para ejecutar apps android en WebOs????

If HP enables it the right way, I wonder what that right way is...

This is a race, alright, as opposed to a marathon. Except it's a tortoise v hare race. Except HP is looking like the ant that no one noticed or bothered to write into the story, and has a long shot of beating the tortoise and hare.

wow important role. Hope he succeeds.

HP is about acquiring and gutting - no innovation, no strategy, no plans for growth through in house R&D. Acquire a company, take a few profits, gut the **** out of it and repeat.

Veghte is keeping his other full time job as head of HP Software. So, which gig is priority as there is no way one person should be head of a organization the size of HP Software and the Chief Strategy Officer of a company the size of HP. Maybe at a start up, but come on.

All HP is wanting to do, is the same since Carly joined - short term focus with short term numbers to achieve bonuses for all these wealth VP's.

This means nothing to webOS IMO.

Wow and people were expecting to have Enyo open sourced by now. Looks like they probably haven't done anything yet, if the leadership was not in place. HP is way too big of a corporation to do anything in a timely manner. Things need to be restructured here so people can act faster.

plus, they use the excuse of leadership change/restructure every quarter it seems. While Meg is the first sign of hope if a long time, there really is no leadership from the board down. Amazing what has become of a once truly great and iconic America company. A complete shell of itself now with no pride, no passion and no care.

I wish Bill Veghte all the luck and fortune in the world with webOS.

In 2.5 years you'll be telling him to not let the door **** hit him where the good Lord split him....just as was done with the last few "great hopes" that have entered and subsequently left the webOS wonderland.

Exactly, people on this tend to make heroes out of webOS participants and then dismiss them when they leave. It's ridiculous. I wonder what Raul Sood is doing these days - not that he ever had anything to do with the development of webOS at HP.

At least we have this picture so when things inevitably turn sour, it will be pretty easy to photoshop devil horns coming out of his head.

It is quite telling that as soon as he left HP, he dropped webOS altogether. Was he simply trying to get a new gig within HP, or was he sincerely a fan of webOS?

HP Software... ew.

If HP Quality Center is any indication of the future of webOS... Trust me, I use it everyday and that POS is horrible.

Well they did "purchase" that one a while back from Mercury....and believe it or not, they fixed it up since acquiring it. You should have used it when it was still "Test Director".


Good luck! We are rooting for you!

well, at least he's got better teeth than Meg.... That should help.

Gives better head too from what I'm told.