HP has reached outside the company to hire a new CIO.Today it announced that Ramón Baez will become senior vice president and global chief information officer. He’ll start Aug. 20.
Baez seems well qualified. He was previously the CIO of another large global company, Kimberly-Clark, albeit Kimberly-Clark has about 57,000 employees while HP has over 300,000. And in days gone by he had top technical positions at Honeywell and Northrop Grumman.
Baez will report to John Hinshaw, executive vice president of HP’s Global Technology and Business Processes and another relative newcomer. Hinshaw joined HP last November.
The outside hire is not going to sit well with rank-and-file employees who have told us repeatedly that HP CEO Meg Whitman promised she would find leaders from the inside the company.
Then again, fresh blood could be the best thing for HP as Whitman tries to get the venerable Valley company back on track.
That must be HP’s plan. The company recently hired George Kadifa from Silver Lake Partners as its executive vice president of software, too.