Thibault Dousson will head up HP SA’s new Printing & Personal Systems (PPS) business unit, formed from the merger of the IPG (Imaging & Printing Group) and PSG (Personal Systems Group).

The merger of the two groups, announced in April by HP CEO and chairman Meg Whitman, ended months of speculation about the future of the company’s PC business – previous CEO Leo Apotheker was in favour of spinning off or selling the division.

The decision to merge the two operations met with global approval and relief.

Dousson points out that the decision to merge IPG and PSG was taken on 23 April – and completed by 1 July.

“It was very quick, which is a good thing,” he says. “Change is always unsettling, for staff and customers. But now we can focus on the business.”

The new structure at HP SA was announced yesterday (4 June), with Dousson now officially GM for the PPS division of HP SA.

He says the new organisation will be more agile, and will make it easier for channel partners and customers to deal with HP.

“The two organisations have the same resellers, distributors and customers. It will be easier for them to work with HP now that the products all fall under one portfolio.”