In Memoriam: HP COO Jon Flaxman Dies at 61

Palo Alto, California-based HP announces that its chief operating officer, Jon Flaxman, has died at the age of 61.

The company made the announcement March 28, saying Flaxman “died peacefully with his family by his side.”

Flaxman had joined HP in 1981. The company says that over those 36-plus years, he “touched many lives and created a lasting impact on our business, our partners and our organization. He will be deeply missed. His impact made him one of the rare and defining leaders in HP’s prestigious history.”

In its announcement, HP goes on to say, “With all of his achievements, his greatest source of pride and accomplishment was his family and he is survived by his wife and three children.”

The company says that in honor of his legacy, HP and the Flaxman family have established a scholarship fund in Jon and his wife, Lauri’s, name at his alma mater, the Washington University Olin School of Business in St. Louis.

“We will miss Jon deeply and are indebted to him for his leadership, integrity and vision for HP’s future,” says Dion Weisler, HP’s president and CEO.

The company has announced that Jos Brenkel, who has been with HP for more than 30 years, will take over as interim COO.

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