Thursday, October 31, 2013

Director Prophet's HP bet in unexpected place

Hewlett-Packard executive Tony Prophet, just elected to Gannett's 10-member board of directors, is leading the tech giant's expansion in an unlikely country: Greece.

Prophet, head of HP's crown jewel, its printer division, is responsible for three major exercises in the company's "complex industrial ballet: getting the parts that go into those PCs and printers, getting them built, and shipping them out to the world," All Things D reports today.

All that must take take into account two things: shipping costs and environmental impact, according to Prophet.

All Things D correspondent Arik Hesseldahl writes: "Greece, widely seen as the economic train wreck of Europe, and known for its fiscal bailouts and political turmoil, is Prophet’s latest move on the global logistics chessboard, and he’s making it in Piraeus, a Greek port city about seven miles south of Athens."

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