Hewlett-Packard has appointed a familiar face to run the New Zealand office.
Keith Watson has been appointed managing director and will take up his position early in May.
Watson worked for HP for nearly two decades starting as a sales rep in New Zealand and progressing through a range of sales and general management roles in Australia, Asia Pacific and then at corporate headquarters.
He left HP in 1998 to become Silicon Graphics' executive vice president in charge of worldwide sales and marketing. In 2000 Watson returned to live in New Zealand and has been investing in IT businesses at home and overseas.
Acting managing director Simon Tong will stay on at HP as head of the technical solutions group. Prior to taking up the acting MD role, Tong had been in charge of the services division of HP and this new role encompasses the old one with some additional responsibilities as well.
HP has been without a permanent managing director since Russell Hewitt resigned at the start of this year.