Hewlett-Packard is splitting itself into two companies: one focused on its personal computer and printing business and another on technology services, such as data storage, servers, and software, as it aims to drive stronger profitability. The company says the PC and printer business will use the name HP Inc.; Re/code notes that HP Inc. will include an arm devoted to 3-D printing as well as to-be-determined "new computing experiences." The services business will take the name Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.
HP CEO Meg Whitman will lead the Enterprise business. The split is a reversal for Whitman, who aborted a 2011 attempt started by previous CEO Leo Apotheker to spin off the PC and printer side, Bloomberg reports. HP PC and printer chief Dion Weisler will be CEO of HP Inc. The company, based in Palo Alto, Calif., has laid off tens of thousands of employees in recent years due to flagging sales as customers turn to mobile devices to perform basic computing chores, a shift that has curbed demand for HP's desktops and laptops, as well as its printers.