Nortel executive nets high profile HP Canada job

HP Canada has filled the vacant Personal Systems Group (PSG) leadership position by hiring Charles Salameh, formerly of Nortel Networks.

Salameh was named vice president and General Manager of PSG Canada today (Monday, June 29, 2009) replacing Derek Smith, who left to be the first ever President of Apple Canada.In his new role, Salameh has accountability for all aspects of clientcomputing business, including sales, marketing, operations, supplychain and customer satisfaction for HP Canada’s PSG group, based inMississauga, Ont.

Salameh was considered a business star at Nortel. He created theGlobal Business Solutions division at the struggling networking vendor.This business unit is one of the few profitable areas of Nortel’sbusiness.

In a memo, leaked to CDN, HP Canada channel chief, Greg Chappell was handling the PSG duties along with his own.

In that same memo, HP Canada told employees that Salameh’sleadership abilities will drive HP’s business in Canada and expand thesubsidiary’s opportunities to drive profitable growth.

Salameh will have big shoes to fill as Smith was a top notch executive that consistantly produced great results. CDN wish him the very best of luck.

Two quick hits before I go. Lenovo Canada launched a contest for the channel called The Lenovo Summer
Sizzler. The contest consists of randomly selecting one winner per week in North America to receive
Lenovo’s latest SMB notebook – the G530. So far interest among thechannel is strong across Canada with Ontario tracking the highestnumber of participants.

Viewsonic istransitioning its business in a big way. The long time monitor maker isundertaking two bold initiatives that would see the company play in PCsand in smart phones. Today, Viewsonic announced plans to expand intothe 3G smartphone market. China will be the first region to carry thesephones, but Canada will be in the mix.

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