Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) chief marketing officer Michael Mendenhall has reportedly resigned, marking the first to do so among H-Pâ€™s executives team since CEO Leo Apotheker joined the worldâ€™s biggest PC maker in November.
Mendenhall is leaving for a new job, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing people close to the matter. While the company looks for a replacement, the marketing head is expected to remain on board in an unknown capacity to help the company through its transition.
Mendenhall, an employee with the Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) for 17 years, joined H-P in 2007, where he oversaw marketing, public relations, branding and other functions. He was hired at the time by former H-P chief executive Mark Hurd, who resigned from the top spot in August following an investigation into a sexual harassment claim and ethics scandal.
Apotheker, who joined the company from SAP AG (NYSE:SAP), won the CEO position over many H-P insiders and has set a new direction for the Palo Alto, Calif-based company.