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Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Antonio Neri Tuesday named rising star Justin Hotard as the new general manager of the company’s high performance compute business, replacing former Cray CEO Pete Ungaro.

Ungaro joined HPE as senior president and general manager of high performance computing and mission critical solutions after HPE acquired supercomputer pioneer Cray for $1.3 billion in 2019.

HPE said Ungaro will step aside April 2 and continue to act as a special advisor to the company under a six-month consulting agreement. Ungaro will be paid $150,000 per month with the ability to earn a $315,000 incentive payout.

Hotard, who will report direclty to Neri and will also oversee the company’s research and development arm HPE Labs, joined HPE in 2015 and has played a key role in a number of critical areast, including most recently helping to accelerate HPE’s pivot to an everything-as-a-service model.

Hotard (pictured) also played a key role in driving the acquisiton of high performance compute powerhouse SGI in 2016. He is also credited with helping to transform the HPE Compute business, driving big improvements in growth and profitability of the x86 compute portfolio.

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