Renfro moved to HP six years ago to be the top hiring dude at HP’s imaging and printing group. He came over from Disney. In his time at HP, he rose up the ranks pretty quickly, moving into a workforce strategy role.
This is merely an indication that CEO Meg Whitman is putting her own team in place, although it looked like another clue that HP’s workforce was headed for a diet.
Last week the company announced a 250-employee layoff at webOS … which wasn’t a surprise. HP had nixed webOS in favour of Windows 8 and before the layoffs, reportedly still had about 600 webOS employees hanging around.
But Whitman also hinted that some kind of restructuring is coming for HP, during its quarterly analyst conference call. She said the “current cost base isn’t sustainable” and that she wants to get the “right people and processes” in place.
During that call, she talked more about trimming products and processes than people. But that hasn’t stopped pundits like Tiernan Ray at Forbes from predicting that wider layoffs at HP are coming.
Correction: This story indicated that Renfro was the top HR person at HP. Tracy Keogh holds that role as the executive vice president of Human Resources at HP.
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