INTERNATIONAL: Former Intel man joins Hewlett-Packard board

PARIS: Hewlett-Packard France, the French affiliate of the US computer giant, has appointed Olivier Blain as the first corporate communications director to sit on its management board.

PARIS: Hewlett-Packard France, the French affiliate of the US

computer giant, has appointed Olivier Blain as the first corporate

communications director to sit on its management board.



Blain joined the firm earlier this month from leading computer chip

manufacturer, Intel, where he was corporate communications manager for

western Europe for three-and-a-half years. He previously founded and ran

his own sports communications agency, Blain Organisation.



Blain reports to director Yves Couillard and joins the firm’s management

board in France - a status not previously part of the position. He will

oversee an eight-strong team covering: internal and external

communications, public affairs, events, and corporate branding.



Roger Wilson, Hewlett-Packard’s director of public affairs for Europe,

Africa and the Middle East, said: ’Hewlett-Packard’s image is big in

France but we now have to move to the next level of sophistication in

our communications as we move into electronic business and electronic

commerce.’ Hewlett-Packard uses PR agencies Les 100 Ciels and Trimedia

for its general and trade press relations.



Hewlett-Packard produces PCs, servers that link them to corporate

networks, printers, networking software and medical electronics. The

company’s biggest PC factory and one of its customer support networks

are located in France.



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