HP Shuffles Autonomy Leadership, Departed Execs Cite Stifling Bureaucracy


Hewlett Packard has shuffled its executive leadership team for Autonomy in what amounts to a confirmation that the company's president and C-level executive team have departed.

Stouffer Egan, CEO of Autonomy's U.S. business, is now listed at the top of HP's Autonomy management team Web page, followed by Joel Scott, COO Of Autonomy's U.S. business; Donald Avant, head of operations; Eloy Avila, who is listed as CTO; and Ian Black, head of global operations.

Autonomy President Sushovan Hussain, CTO Peter Menell, CMO Nicole Eagan, and COO Andy Kanter, who have all reportedly quit since HP closed its acquisition of Autonomy, are no longer listed on the Web site.

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Will they be replaced? An HP spokesperson contacted by CRN Tuesday declined to comment. The spokesperson also declined to comment on the role that Egan -- who is now apparently second-in-command at Autonomy -- will play.

Prior to joining Autonomy in 2001, Egan was vice president of corporate development at Dataware Technologies, an enterprise software vendor that in 1999 changed its name to LeadingSide and made the transition to solution provider.

Bill Veghte, chief strategy officer and newly appointed head of the Autonomy business, is the right leader to take Autonomy to the next level, according to the HP spokesperson.

"Veghte is an experienced software leader who will help develop the right processes and discipline to scale Autonomy and fulfill its promise," the spokesperson said in an email. "[Veghte], in partnership with the Autonomy leadership team, is ensuring key roles are filled to ensure the ongoing operations of the business."

Veghte takes over for Autonomy co-founder Mike Lynch, who is out after turning in what CEO Meg Whitman described as "very disappointing" license revenue results during HP's fiscal second quarter.

All told, roughly 250 Autonomy employees have quit, according to published reports. Yet in an email to employees last week, Whitman told the remaining Autonomy staff that they have a "very bright future" at HP, according to Reuters.

Meanwhile, Lynch told a U.K. newspaper over the weekend that Whitman's decision not to sell or spin off HP's PC business altered the company's previously laid plans for Autonomy.

"Once it became clear that the new chief executive's strategy was staying more with hardware, it meant some rethinking of the original plan, and its focus on our independence became blurred," Lynch said, as reported by The Telegraph.

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