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New Hewlett Packard Personal Systems Group Senior Vice President and General Manager Stephen DiFranco Monday reached out to partners assuring them that the $126 billion technology giant remains committed to the "health and growth of its PC business."
In an email sent to thousands of partners in the U.S. and Canada, DiFranco explained the HP board's decision to "evaluate strategic alternatives" for the PSG business is "not an announcement of a shutdown" of the $42 billion business.
"You can absolutely continue to feel comfortable and confident in selling HP just as you always have despite the confusion you might be hearing from our competition," asserted DiFranco, who was promoted to head up the PSG Americas business just six weeks ago. DiFranco, formerly HP's channel chief, is also continuing to oversee the HP channel business until a new head of the company's Solution Partners Organization is named.
"I can tell you on behalf of Todd Bradley (Executive Vice President of HP's PSG group) and the entire HP leadership team that HP remains committed – now more than ever – to the health and growth of its PC business," DiFranco wrote. "We also remain deeply committed to our channel partners, who, as an extension of our HP organization, will continue to play a critical and strategic role in our PC business now and in the future. That will not change during this period of transformation."
HP also developed a letter that partners can send to their customers and announced plans to post additional materials to the HP Partner Portal in the days ahead "to leverage with customers as well as internally with your organization."