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June 20 , 2011 03:44:32 PM utc+8

HP Appoints New Managing Director and Vice President of Global Sales for China

BEIJING, 20 June, 2011 – HP today announced Steve Gill as managing director and vice president of Global Sales for China HP, effective 1 July 2011.

Gill will be responsible for overseeing a broad hardware, software and services portfolio to drive the Instant-On Enterprise, whilst overseeing all country operations as managing director. Based in Beijing, Gill will report to Piau-Phang Foo, managing director and senior vice president of Global Sales for HP Asia Pacific and Japan.

Gill has been with HP in senior management roles for more than 10 years, most recently as managing director and vice president of Enterprise Business of HP Korea from June 2009. Under his leadership, HP Korea was named one of the top three performers in HP after just one year, based on growth, financial performance against plan, customer satisfaction and employee development. 

From 2002 to 2009 he was managing director of UK and Ireland, where he grew the business threefold to make HP the largest IT company in the UK and make HP UK the second largest HP subsidiary behind the United States.

“Gill’s experience and success in two very important yet fundamentally different markets is indicative of his dynamic approach to a diverse industry, his tenacious leadership skills and his passion for customer value; all of which will have a profound impact on HP’s customers, partners and employees in China,” said Foo. “His experience in Asia, managing a diverse and complex set of customers and employee needs, means he is already attuned with the needs of this region and has clearly proven his ability to adapt to new working cultures and environments.  China’s rapidly growing economy, infrastructure and technology consumption present tremendous opportunities for a company like HP, and we are confident that this appointment will strengthen our presence in China as we continue to make investments there.”

Gill, who holds a BSc degree in mathematics, qualified as an accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in London. He has worked for more than 30 years in the IT industry, holding senior finance and management roles with Sony (UK), Digital Equipment (UK), Lotus (worldwide), Ingram Micro (Europe) and Compaq (EMEA).
In 1985, HP made a strategic decision to invest in China and to partner with the country to drive growth and prosperity. Today, HP does business in more than 600 cities globally, operates nine regional offices, has 10,000 channel partners, and has 7,000 retail stores carrying its products. Gill’s appointment further builds on the announcements HP made in March to accelerate revenue opportunities in the world’s fastest growing economies.