Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman will step down from her current role as of Feb. 1, 2018, after more than six years at the helm of the channel giant. Replacing her at the helm is longtime HPE executive Antonio Neri, who took over the Enterprise Group in 2015 and was named president in June.
Partners who spoke with CRN cheered the appointment of Neri, whom they see as a pro-channel leader whose strong technical background will drive new software-defined services and products from key acquisitions, such as Aruba Networks, SimpliVity and Nimble Storage.
Whitman, who is widely credited for the vendor's remarkable turnaround and recognized by many partners as a channel champion, will remain on the HPE board of directors. She had held the CEO role since September 2011, during which time she oversaw the successful separation of Hewlett Packard into HPE and HP Inc.
"The company had no focus when Meg became CEO," Raymond Tuchman, CEO of Experis Technology Group, told CRN. "She saved the company by splitting HP Into two and making HP Enterprise a more nimble and agile company. Meg has left the company in great shape. I think Antonio is going to bring a lot of good energy and take the company to the next level and accelerate the growth of HPE."