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Ravi Swaminathan quits HP

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After 15 years of service with HP India, Ravi Swaminathan, President-Personal

System Group (PSG) division has put in his papers. Oct 31, 2009 is reportedly

said to be his last working day with the company.

Under Swaminathan, HP grew to become a market leader in the PC space. Not

only is he is well-known in the industry, he is also very well-respected. The

news of his exit has brought in much apprehension in the channel space. From

dealers in the metros to those in B and C-class cities, Swaminathan had a very

close relationship with the channel.

Recalling his interaction with Swaminathan, Naresh Lalwani of Cybernet IT,

Pune said, “He was very close to the channel, since the time he was in the

consumer products division. He knew our problems and made sure HP was a

channel-oriented vendor. I do foresee an impact on the channels post his exit.

He was here for a long time and the channel fraternity knew him well.”

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Confirming the news, Ajaya Kumar of Park Network, New Delhi said, “It is a

big company, so in the short term, we do not see a major impact. Swaminathan's

policies will continue to be implemented. However, we have not got any

communication yet on who the successor will be. So in the long run, there is a

lot of uncertainty.”

Conveying the same apprehension, Sudhir Budhay of Business Algorithms, Nagpur

said, “HP is a huge company and is stable as long as the policies are adhered

into the business. But we want to know who is replacing him and if the person

will be as efficient as Swaminathan. At our level, this is very important. We

operate in a small city like Nagpur, yet we shared good relations with him. We

have been loyal to HP because of him and his subordinates. We have heard that

with Swaminathan a few of his subordinates are also expected to move out.”

According to sources, Swaminathan will now be exploring a few options like

starting his own venture or joining EMC India.

Despite repeated attempts to get a comment from Swaminathan, he remained

unavailable. HP also refused to confirm any news of who would come as his

replacement.

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