David Lander, a vice president at Hewlett-Packard’s U.K. headquarters, has been tapped to succeed Joshua Bakola as head of HP’s operations in Israel, sources have told TheMarker.
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Lander beat out a number of senior figures in the Israeli information technology sector for his new job, including officials at HP Israel itself. Bakola announced his retirement as HP Israel chief executive in November following a seven-year stint.
Lander, who is also vice president of Hewlett-Packard’s strategic alliance with France-based telecommunications giant Alcatel-Lucent, has already begun working on the transition with Bakola’s help; he is expected to move to Israel soon. HP declined to comment.
As the Palo Alto, California-based company’s top official in Israel, Bakola has been responsible for managing HP Israel’s headquarters, 2,500 employees, sales and marketing. He has also served as the group’s regional director for the Middle East and Africa.
Hewlett-Packard’s research and development activities in Israel are managed separately. All told, HP employs about 6,500 people in Israel, including staff at its software development center in Yehud, where Mercury Interactive, a key acquisition, had operations. HP’s workforce also includes its Indigo division in Kiryat Gat near Ashkelon.
Lander’s arrival in Israel comes as Hewlett-Packard faces tough challenges around the world. Earlier this year, HP announced staff cuts of almost 11% of its workforce globally.
But its last quarterly report beat expectations. Hewlett-Packard’s first-quarter revenues fell less than analysts had expected as it increased sales at its two largest businesses, Reuters reported.