Former Microsoft software chief Ray Ozzie has been named as one of three new additions to HP's board of directors.
The company said that Ozzie, along with former Liberty Media chief executive Robert "Dob" Bennett and former McDonald's chief executive James Skinner, would be joining its board of directors as new additions to what is now a 12-person board.
Having spent five years as CTO and chief software architect at Microsoft, Ozzie stepped down from the company in 2010 amid an executive shake-up that also saw the elimination of a chief software architect role at the Redmond firm. The move was cited by analysts as an example of a department silo structure that was only recently abandoned by Microsoft's chief executive Steve Ballmer.
Under his new role, Ozzie will be charged with helping to guide another turnaround effort. After a tumultuous stretch that saw the company's footprint in the PC and enterprise IT market shrink, HP is seeking to reinvent itself under the guidance of new chief executive Meg Whitman.
Ozzie's role on the board will include working with HP's technology committee as well as helping to oversee the company's financial strategy.
Whitman said: "As we move forward with our turnaround, it’s a huge benefit to be able to get advice from a board made up of such experienced business and technology leaders.
“For their part, Dob, Ray and Jim have just about seen it all during their careers. I’m very grateful for their support, as well as the ongoing support from all of the directors.”
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