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(From South China Morning Post)
Byline: Bien Perez
Speculation on who would be chief of the new Hewlett-Packard in Hong Kong was rife in the lead-up to the launch of the company's merger with Compaq Computers.
Whoever was appointed as general manager would have full rein of the largest information technology vendor in the special administrative region (SAR) after IBM. He or she would also be supported by HP operations in 160 countries and territories on five continents.
The new HP led the global market in sales of imaging and printing technologies, personal computers, servers, enterprise storage systems and management software. It was also No 3 in information technology services, a field where rival IBM has a strong lead.
Despite these advantages, many challenges lay ahead for HP Hong Kong's new chief. These included completing a corporate restructuring, …