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HP Hires Microsoft North America Boss to Run Autonomy

Youngjohns is a sales guy and sales are what Autonomy’s lacking

HP has persuaded the president of Microsoft North America Robert Youngjohns to come on over and run Autonomy, the British analytics software company former HP CEO Léo Apotheker bought last year for $12 billion and something.

It was one of the reasons Apotheker was ousted and replaced by Meg Whitman.

Whitman fired Autonomy's former CEO Mike Lynch in May for poor performance. Whitman said it couldn't close deals HP set up. They've now got a global dashboard to track Autonomy's pipeline.

Youngjohns is a sales guy and sales are what Autonomy's lacking and HP is desperate for.

Before Microsoft he was CEO of Callidus Software, the publicly held sales performance management cloud company, ran global sales at Sun through the glory days of the dot.com boom and spent 18 years at IBM, where the wannabe Oxford academic went into sales, managing its Unix business in Europe when Unix was a big noise.

He's English and Autonomy is English.

He starts September 17 and will report to George Kadifa, who runs HP Software. He's supposed to help get Autonomy integrated into HP Software.

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