Paul Ghent to exit Palm

Paul Ghent to exit Palm

Paul Ghent, VP of Palm’s EMEA sales, is to leave Palm as part of a major restructuring, sources say.

The move follows the sale of Palm in May this year for $1.2bn to computer giant Hewlett Packard (HP).

HP confirmed that Ghent is to depart the company at the end of the month but declined to comment further.

Ghent’s departure is understood to be due to a duplication of roles created since the takeover, as HP moves to integrate Palm into the group.

Ghent was unavailable for comment.

Sources say the restructuring does not signal a reduction of Palm’s operations outside of the US. One said: ‘Palm is still very much committed to the UK market.’

In June this year Ghent told Mobile that Palm was preparing for a major onslaught on the UK market boosted by the financial strength of Hewlett Packard.

It is unclear who will take Ghent’s place. Miles Norman, Palm UK’s senior director of business and retail sales, has been tipped by industry sources as a likely candidate.

Ghent joined Palm in January 2009. His previous role was as HTC's executive director for Europe.

He joined just as Palm launched the Palm Pre in a bid to regain marketshare from Apple, RIM and Nokia and push into the consumer market. However, the manufacturer's financial problems continued to dog it, and it was forced to put the business up for sale early this year.

Ghent was responsible for bringing HTC into the consumer market with devices like the Touch and Touch Diamond, as well as signing a deal with Brightpoint UK as an exclusive UK distributor.

Written by Mobile Today
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