Bill Veghte

It might be surprising to some, but even though HP has opted to put webOS out to the open source pasture, the company still plans to support the software, and to do that, someone has to be in charge of it.

HP named HP Names Bill Veghte as its new Chief Strategy Officer today. Included in his duties will be heading up the now somewhat defunct webOS software, which is intriguing as it has now gone open source. He will be taksed with working closely with webOS head, Ari Jaaksi as well as working on the company's open source cloud project.  On top of all this he will also retain his title as executive vice president of HP Software. In short, Mr. Veghte is going to be a busy man.

It's nice to see that it appears that HP is truly dedicated to carrying webOS forward in at least some form, but now comes the big question is anyone will date put it on their hardware. We'll just have to wait and see for that part.

What do you think about this change up for webOS? Is it a good or bad sign?

HP Names Bill Veghte Chief Strategy Officer

PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 17, 2012

HP today announced that Bill Veghte has been appointed chief strategy officer.

In addition to his new responsibilities, Veghte will continue in his current role as executive vice president of HP Software.

As chief strategy officer, Veghte will be responsible for keeping HP on the cutting edge of innovation. He will work with HP's senior business and technology leaders to help define the IT industry's future and make certain HP continues to lead the way. Veghte's new role reaffirms HP's commitment to providing customers with the latest platforms, products and services needed for success in a rapidly changing world.

"Every 10 to 15 years, fundamental shifts occur in the IT industry that redefine how technology is delivered," said Meg Whitman, HP president and chief executive officer. "From mainframes to client/server to the internet, companies that identified the opportunity first and developed the right strategy came out on top. As we move forward, HP intends to stay on top, and I believe Bill has the knowledge and vision to keep us there."

In addition to helping drive strategy for the company as a whole, Veghte will lead HP's cloud and webOS open source initiatives.

Veghte joined HP in 2010. In the most recent fiscal year, he grew HP's software business by 18 percent. Prior to HP, he spent two decades at Microsoft in a variety of senior leadership positions. Most recently, he managed the company's $15 billion global Windows® business and was instrumental in the delivery and launch of Windows 7.

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[via webOS Nation]