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Hewlett Packard Enterprise Top Lawyer in Expanding Role as COO

July 28, 2020, 4:34 PM

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has promoted its longtime general counsel John Schultz to chief operating officer, where he will continue to oversee the company’s global legal matters.

The company disclosed his new role in a July 24 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Schultz’s promotion follows a recent similar move by Zoom Video Communications, which in late May elevated its legal chief Aparna Bawa to COO. Unlike Schultz, Bawa will not have the chief legal officer title going forward.

Schultz was hired by Hewlett-Packard Company in 2008 as deputy general counsel for litigation, investigations, and global functions. He was promoted to general counsel of HP in 2012.

In 2015, he became general counsel of HPE after Hewlett-Packard separated into two companies.

Since then, his role has expanded to include more operational oversight of corporate affairs, cybersecurity, global security, ethics and compliance, global procurement, global real estate, IT and legal, according to the company.

Before joining HP, Schultz was a litigation partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he represented HP on a variety of litigation and regulatory matters.

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