Head of HP New Zealand resigns

Hewlett-Packard's New Zealand managing director Russell Hewitt has resigned to take up a senior management role with Vodafone Australia.

Hewlett-Packard's New Zealand managing director Russell Hewitt has resigned to take up a senior management role with Vodafone Australia.

Hewitt, who came to HP from Compaq when the companies merged, was appointed to the role in May 2002. He says after 25 years in the New Zealand IT industry he felt it was time for a change.

"I am looking forward to taking up the opportunity with Vodafone. As a partner and customer I've had the opportunity to experience the company first hand over a number of years, and I am excited by what the future holds."

Hewitt will stay with HP until the end of February and then take up his new, unspecified role in Sydney. Simon Tong, head of HP's services division in New Zealand, will act as interim managing director until a permanent appointment is announced.

Hewitt was appointed head of Compaq New Zealand in 1999 - before that he served as chief executive of integrator Computerland New Zealand and held several roles within IBM.

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