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HP Exec Bolts for EMC

EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) is once again raiding the executive ranks of Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ): Mark Sorenson, previously VP of the software group in HP's Network Storage Solutions division, is heading to Hopkinton, Byte and Switch has learned.

The move comes almost exactly one year after Mark Lewis left HP, where he was VP of marketing for storage, to become EMC's CTO and executive VP of new ventures. Two months ago, Lewis was put in charge of the company's Open Software division, replacing Erez Ofer, who observers say was a rather rigid member of EMC's old guard (see Lewis Quits HP for EMC, Lewis Joins EMC as CTO, and EMC Sics Lewis on Software).

At EMC, Sorenson will work with Lewis in the Open Software group, according to industry sources. Sorenson could not be reached for comment. A message sent to his HP email address returned this automated reply: "Mark Sorenson has resigned from HP effective Tuesday, July 8, 2003."

EMC spokesman Dave Farmer confirmed that Sorenson has joined the company, but wouldn't provide details about what his role will be. "We're going to make an announcement on that shortly," he says.

Could there be a connection between Sorenson's jumping ship and EMC's $1.3 billion planned acquisition of data management vendor Legato Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: LGTO)? That deal was announced -- coincidentally? -- on July 8 (see EMC Gobbles Legato).

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