SAN FRANCISCO—Pam Wickham, named Hewlett-Packard’ vice president of corporate communications at the end of 2004, is leaving the company, reportedly to take the senior communications job at Raytheon, the $20 billion defense and electronics company.
Wickham’s three month tenure at HP was eventful, marked by the departure last month of high-profile chief executive Carly Fiorina. Fiorina was fired by HP’s board of directors in February amid questions over the company’s strategic direction and financial performance, and charges that the merger between HP and Compaq—upon which Fiorina staked her reputation—had failed to live up to expectations.
There have been other departures since then, including senior vice president of marketing Allison Johnson, to whom Wockham reported.
Wickham, who joined H-P from General Electric, “has departed to take a job near Boston to be closer to her family,” according to an HP spokesman, who said the company wished her well.
Wickham had more than a decade of experience in global communications at GE in the healthcare, medical systems, plastics and corporate divisions. During her tenure, she led communications programs on branding, product portfolio positioning and acquisition integration.