Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is to lose CTO Martin Fink and COO John Hinshaw. Fink, head of HP Labs, will retire at the end of 2016 after more than 30 years at the company.
"Martin has had a remarkable career, driving some of our most important initiatives, including our cloud, open source and Linux strategies and leading the Business Critical Systems division," wrote HPE CEO Meg Whitman on a corporate blog.
HPE Labs will now move into the firm's Enterprise Group under executive vice president Antonio Neri.
Whitman also announced the departure of Hinshaw, who previously ran technology and operations at the firm, but more recently took the title chief customer officer.
Attempting a positive spin on the news, Whitman added that these changes will help research and development work on The Machine, HPE's idea to reinvent computer architecture based on the concept of memory-driven computing.
"This move will also help align our R&D work on The Machine with the business, particularly how we integrate key components like photonics and memristors into existing product lines, by bringing together our innovation roadmap with our business roadmap," she said.
"Our plans to preview The Machine prototype by the end of this year remain on track. The Machine has been a passion of Martin's for nearly 10 years. The prototype will bring The Machine to life and serve as the capstone of Martin's leadership."
Meanwhile, data management provider Informatica has appointed former BAE Systems CIO Graeme Thompson as CIO, reporting to Doug Barnett, executive vice president and chief financial officer.
However, some industry commentators feel that CIOs are more likely to succeed when reporting directly to the CEO.
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