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HPE CEO Antonio Neri On GreenLake Growth, A ‘New Beginning’ And The Decision To Halt Shipments To Russia

Steven Burke

HPE CEO Antonio Neri sounds off on the channel’s 115 percent GreenLake sales growth, a new era of edge to cloud innovation and the decision to halt shipments to Russia.

You were in middle school working on an Argentine military base during the Falklands war involving Britain and Argentina in 1982. What impact is the Russia invasion of Ukraine having on you and the HPE team?

It is heartbreaking. I lived it on a military base. You can understand what is happening in the minds of these people.

We have a great crisis management team that is doing everything they can to support the people on the ground there. We don’t have full-time employees in Ukraine, but we have dozens of contractors that came through acquisitions. We are treating them like they are full-time HPE employees. Whatever we have to do we will do.

Our employees are all eager to help. In the last 24 hours, we enacted what we call the HPE Gives Campaign. HPE employees have already contributed $150,000, which the company is going to match and do more.

Based on feedback we have gotten from our employees, we are also increasing the number of hours for volunteering in those countries around Ukraine which are bearing the brunt of the humanitarian crisis. They want to go there to help families and the women and kids.

I am proud of the HPE culture and values and how we act in times like this.

 
Steven Burke

Steve Burke has been reporting on the technology industry and sales channel for over 30 years. He is passionate about the role of partners using technology to solve business problems and has spoken at conferences on channel sales issues. He can be reached at sburke@thechannelcompany.com.

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