HP apoints new CIO Hinshaw as brain drain continues

Hewlett Packard has appointed a new Chief Information Officer (CIO): ex-Boeing executive, John Hinshaw. His responsibilities are set to include overseeing IT and shared administrative services, as well as optimising business processes.

This should be quite a solid appointment for Hinshaw, who was in charge of new business practices at Boeing; though his official title was VP and general manager of Boeing Information Solutions.

This marks the second big appointment by HP in recent months, with ex-eBayer Meg Whitman appointed as CEO and president, replacing the controversially appointed Léo Apotheker who had only been the head of the the firm since late last year.

Hinshaw's appointment comes a day after the Chief Technology Officer of HP's PC division, Phil McKinney, announced his retirement. He's not the only one, either. There has been a lot of shuffling at the top.

Strategy boss Shane Robinson let it be known he'd be leaving the company as well just a couple of weeks ago.HP announced that Robinson would not be replaced, his position considered unnecessary to the company's current direction.

The changes come after a year of undertainty for HP. In July, the company hinted it might halt PC production altogether. A rethink by new CEO Whitman means HP will continue PC production, but it will be more enterprise-focused. With the recent restructuring at the top, the firm may find a more concrete direction.