Hewlett-Packard veteran Alan Furniss has left the company to start his own business, prompting a likely reorganisation of the company?s senior European management.
Furniss rose through the ranks at HP over 21 years, eventually becoming general manager for HP northern Europe in the company?s printer and peripherals business, now called the commercial channels organisation. John Yelland, PC and peripherals marketing manager at HP UK, said Furniss left to start his own company.
"It is true, he has left, and we may well take this opportunity to regroup as a company," Yelland said. Furniss and UK country manager Ian Miles reported directly into HP?s general manager of Europe and EMEA, Bernd Bischoff, under a structure that placed senior country managers on the same level as territorial managers that cover many smaller countries.
Furniss was responsible for 57 countries in total, including many smaller European countries, the Nordic territories, the Middle East and the African sub-continent. Yelland said: "His exact words were that he has had 21 marvellous years here. Now he wants something for himself; his own business."
A source said Furniss had a place on the HP board and will be missed. "He will be difficult to replace," she said. "There were a lot of people in the management queue ahead of him so perhaps the time was right."
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