HP's former country manager for its Imaging and Printing Group (IPG), Thierry Boulanger, starts his new job this week – at HP's arch-rival IBM.
After a nearly 20-year association with HP, Boulanger stunned the local industry last month with the announcement of his resignation.
He will now take up the position as sales manager at IBM, mainly responsible for central Africa. Boulanger will report to Alan Timm, IBM's sales director, who also enjoyed a short tenure at HP following his resignation from Faritec in 2008.
Boulanger is no stranger to the rest of Africa market having served as HP's commercial sales manager for Africa for a number of years before his appointment as head of SPO and, subsequently, country manager of IPG.
"The move to IBM offers me the scope I am looking for at this stage of my career," Boulanger says. "The central African market is also one that I know and have dealt with before.
"And I'm really looking forward to working again with Alan as part of his team," he adds.