Hewlett-Packard senior vice president Prith Banerjee is leaving the company effective from April 15, reports AllThingsD. Banerjee worked with HP for five years as the head of its research and development organization, HP Labs. The new position he is going to join is outside US with another organization. An HP Senior Fellow, director of its Sustainable Ecosystems Research Group, Chandrakant Patel will head up HP Labs while a search for Banerjee’s replacement is conducted. Patel first joined HP Labs in 1991. The memo from Whitman to HP employees announcing the change is below (via AllThingsD):
TO/ HP Technologists
SUBJECT/ Leadership Announcement
I am writing to share the news that Prith Banerjee, senior vice president of research and director of HP Labs, is leaving HP effective April 15, 2012. He will be assuming a role outside the company, which will be announced at a later date. I am pleased to announce that Chandrakant Patel, senior fellow and director of the Sustainable Ecosystems Research Group, will serve as the interim director of HP Labs until a permanent successor is identified.
Prith has been a strong contributor to HP’s product innovation and has substantially increased the visibility of Labs within the business. He’s led breakthrough research, including data de- duplication, flexible displays, the memristor and nano-technology sensors (CeNSE). Prith has a passion for innovation I know you all share – a passion that will continue to flourish at HP Labs. I wish Prith well in the future.
We’re extremely fortunate to have someone of Chandrakant’s talent and experience ready to step into Prith’s shoes. As you all know, Chandrakant is an HP veteran who has been with the company for 25 years. His team has taken numerous technologies to market, including innovations that span servers to data centers, such as the current research in sustainable data centers which is being transferred to our enterprise business. He will continue to drive Labs forward during this transition, and I couldn’t be more pleased that he has agreed to assume this interim role.
Innovation is core to HP. HP Labs generates the research that turns ideas into products. As you have heard me say, one of our goals is to improve the connection between Labs and the business, so we can accelerate the path to market and translate innovation into business results. This, in turn, will help to generate growth and enable continued investment.
Please join me in thanking Prith for his service and in supporting Chandrakant with his new responsibilities.