HP Names New Head of SMB Sales

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Ramona Thibeault, vice president of HP's Personal Systems Group, will fill the new top SMB sales position starting May 1. 

Just a few weeks away from starting her new position as Hewlett-Packard's vice president of SMB sales, Ramona Thibeault tells Channel Insider her first priority is to listen.

HP announced last week it was promoting Thibeault, a 10-year HP veteran, to the newly created position within HP’s Solution Partners Organization, effective May 1. Her new role will encompass SMB-focused products from all three business units: HP's Personal Systems Group, Imaging and Printing Group, and Technology Solutions Group. Previously, Thibeault served as vice president of PSG.

"Through the first 60 to 90 days, I'm going to listen" to partners and to SMB-focused personnel in each of HP's regional business units, Thibeault said. "I don't have all the answers, so I need input from each of the regional business units that can help drive consistency and simplicity for partners."

She said her biggest challenge is to find common ground and develop consistent strategy across SMB products from the three business units, though she stressed that HP already has a number of successful SMB-focused initiatives. Thibeault cited HP's free on-site training initiative for SMB partners and the vendor's SMB Expressway partner Web site, which offers marketing and sales collateral, support information, and other information tailored to SMBs. 

 Thibeault said there are numerous opportunities for HP's SMB partners, since HP has an incredible breadth and depth of products for them to sell.

"We are soup-to-nuts—from handhelds all the way to complex servers, from consumers to business," she said.

One possible new initiative would be solution bundles targeting both horizontal markets such as servers, storage and virtualization, and vertical solutions. 

"We have the products. What we have to do is bundle the right product combinations together to get to the right customers," she said, adding that there's not just one simple answer when looking to fulfill as complex a market as SMBs. 

Thibeault will also take over oversight of HP's SMB Partner Advisory Council from Mike Parrottino, currently vice president of channel sales in the Personal Systems Group. Parrottino will take over Thibeault's position as vice president of PSG sales, also effective May 1.

HP also announced that Mark Nehring was named director of direct reseller channel sales in the HP Solutions Partners Organization. He will assume the role May 1.

Sharon Linsenbach Sharon Linsenbach is a staff writer for eWEEK and eWEEK Channel Insider. Prior to joining Ziff Davis, Sharon was Assistant Managing Editor for CRN, a weekly magazine for PC and technology resellers. Before joining CRN, Sharon was an Acquisitions Editor for The Coriolis Group and later, Editorial Director with Paraglyph Press, both in Scottsdale, AZ. She holds a BA in English from Drew University and lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her significant other and two neurotic cats. When she's not reading or writing about technology, Sharon enjoys yoga, knitting, traveling and live music. Sharon can be reached at Sharon.Linsenbach@ziffdavisenterprise.com.

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