Former Microsoft Windows Head Honcho Joins HP

Hewlett-Packard has appointed Bill Veghte as the new executive vice president of its Software and Solutions business.

HP confirmed that Veghte would be joining on 17 May to lead the company's $3.6 billion business unit, reporting to executive vice president of HP Enterprise Business, Ann Livermore.

In a statement, Livermore told the Wall Street Journal that Veghte would assist HP in broadening the market for its software products and would be instrumental in forging and maintaining client partnerships.

HP said Veghte's 'broad experience across sales, marketing and engineering' would be an important factor in the company's plans to expand its software business.

Veghte, the previous head of Microsoft's Windows business, left the software giant in February after 20 years. While at Microsoft, he was credited with the success of the Windows line and the launch of its latest incarnation, Windows 7.

The new HP EVP for Software and Solutions said that "HP has built a strong reputation as a technology powerhouse with a respected global brand and deep client relationships. Software is a strategic part of driving greater innovation to our clients".