Lucas takes over HP IPG reins

Lucas takes over HP IPG reins

Former graphic arts manager to lead HP's imaging and printing group

HP has named Shane Lucas as its new Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) vice-president and general manager for South Pacific, effectively immediately. He takes over from Christoph Schell, who left to head up the vendor's Asia-Pacific IPG and consumer go-to-market divisions last month.

Lucas has held various roles at HP since 2001 across enterprise, commercial and graphics divisions. Most recently, he spent two years as director of graphic arts in South Pacific and focused on the vendor's Indigo commercial printing, Scitex and Designjet large format printing business.

In a statement, HP said Lucas will now be responsible for driving HP's imaging and printing business for A/NZ. He will also manage the vendor's consumer segment go-to-market strategy for all product categories including handhelds, personal computers and printers. Lucas told ARN his immediate approach was about continuity and ensuring results.

"I want to spend as much time as possible meeting channel partners from all customer segments - consumer, commercial/enterprise and graphic arts - to understand their needs so we can continue to partner for success," he said.

" I will also continue to drive HP's Print 2.0 strategy, announced at the end of last year, in enterprise around multifunction printing and pay per use; consumer with photo printing online, in retail and at home; and in graphic arts with acquisitions to expand our offering."

In November, HP announced Schell would be promoted to a regional role covering Asia-Pacific and Japan based out of Singapore. He had been in the IPG job nearly two years and with HP for over 10 years.

In related news, HP has agreed to acquire document management vendor, Exstream, for an undisclosed sum. The US-based company produces enterprise software designed to streamline creating and management documents. Exstream is expected to be integrated into HP's Web services and software unit within IPG and will allow HP to provide more comprehensive document automation products, the vendor said. The deal is due for completion in Q2.

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