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A group of HP executives led by CEO Léo Apotheker arrived this week in Davos, Switzerland, to take part in the World Economic Forum, arguably the planet’s preeminent global conference.


The annual meeting brings together business executives, political leaders, and other key influencers to share ideas and generate strategies to address pressing global challenges.


In addition to Apotheker, the HP delegation includes:

  • Ray Lane, non-executive chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Vyomesh (VJ) Joshi, executive vice president of IPG
  • Tom Hogan, executive vice president of Sales, Marketing, and Strategy for the Enterprise Business
  • Larry Irving, vice president, Global Government Affairs


Gabi Zedlmayer, vice president of HP’s Office of Global Social Innovation, is also on hand, along with support staff from various HP functions.


Apotheker is serving this year as the co-chair of the IT governors, which is a board of IT executives and thought leaders. He’ll lead discussions on the role that IT plays in addressing world problems and improving people’s lives.


The five-day event in Davos gives the entire HP team a chance to build business relationships, convey HP’s perspective on a variety of issues, and better understand the concerns and priorities of the many global leaders in attendance.


A unique opportunity

Now in its 41st year, the World Economic Forum’s mission is to “improve the state of the world.”


Those attending this year's event include:

  • CEOs and other executives from 1,000 major corporations
  • Presidents and other government leaders from nearly 100 countries
  • Thought leaders in science, religion, and the arts
  • Technology pioneers
  • Social entrepreneurs and activists representing a variety of causes
  • Leading journalists


“The event is unique because it brings all of these leaders together in one place to talk about the most important business and policy issues of our day,” says HP VP of Global Government Affairs, Larry Irving.


“The Forum is a great opportunity to reconnect with business partners and build relationships with other business and political leaders,” he adds. “It’s also an opportunity to hear from some of the smartest minds in the world, people on the cutting edge of business, technology, and social trends.”


"A great story to tell" 

The HP executives at Davos will be looking to share their view of how information technology is fueling human progress and transforming the world.


They’ll be conveying how HP, the largest IT company in the world, is enabling businesses, governments, NGOs (non-governmental organizations), and individuals everywhere to harness the power of information, a critical resource in the 21st century.


And they’ll be describing how HP’s products and technologies are already transforming the way people address serious global challenges, such as environmental sustainability, access to healthcare, and improved educational opportunities.


“We have a great story to tell,” said Irving.


More about the World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum is an independent and neutral organization headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Established in 1971, it does not take political positions on the issues it addresses. Rather, it gives proponents of different beliefs an opportunity to engage each other and discover common ground.


The World Economic Forum believes that businesses can play a key role in addressing today’s societal challenges, and that economic development has created a better life for millions of people while offering hope to millions more.


Learn more at the World Economic Forum website.



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