HP closing in on new Middle East managing director
IT giant exploring all options as it looks for new regional leader
Hewlett-Packard has begun the process of identifying candidates to take over from John Hoonhout as managing director and technology solutions lead for the Middle East.
Hoonhout left the company recently after two and a half years at the helm, spurring HP to appoint regional operations manager Mohamed Itani as acting managing director.
HP would not comment on whether Itani was in the frame to get the job permanently, except to say that it is looking at both internal and external candidates.
A spokesperson for the company said it had not set a timeframe on making a decision: "With this kind of position it takes time to find the right candidate. But we have begun that process and we definitely hope to be able to announce something soon."
Part of the managing director's role at HP involves overseeing the company's technology solutions business. That responsibility is currently being handled by Fawwaz Qadan, HP's enterprise and services director for the region.
Hoonhout's departure comes on the back of what was arguably HP's toughest year in the region as the global recession led to reduced spending on enterprise infrastructure and PC equipment.
According to HP, Hoonhout has now begun a new venture. "John decided to pursue a new opportunity outside of HP and we wish him the best of luck as he has been around HP since 1984. We thank him for his contribution during his leadership of the Middle East," said the spokesperson.
Hoonhout succeeded Joseph Hanania when he was appointed managing director in September 2007. Prior to that he ran the company's services operation in the region.