Aarti Shah 11 Jun 2018 // 11:43PM GMT
PALO ALTO, CA — Wells Fargo's Jennifer Temple is heading to HPE as the company's new chief communications officer, replacing Henry Gomez who had been both CCO and CMO since HP split into two companies in 2015.
The Holmes Report understands that Gomez left HPE on June 1. Earlier this month, Jim Jackson was named CMO and Temple will start her role as CCO on July 9. Both report into CEO Antonio Neri who stepped into the role earlier this year. Temple will oversee the global team charged with internal, external and executive communications.
For much of his career, Gomez has worked under former HPE CEO Meg Whitman who stepped down from the post after six years on February 1. Prior to this position, Gomez worked on Whitman's unsuccessful bid for California governor in 2010 and at eBay during her tenure as CEO. He famously picked a fight with FT columnist Lucy Kellaway in 2016.
"[Temple] joins us at an exciting inflection point for our company and she will inherit a strong communications function that has built great momentum," Neri said in a memo announcing her arrival. "I strongly believe that communications is a bedrock function for our company and is critical to ensuring our ongoing success. Therefore, Jennifer will report directly to me and global communications will become its own corporate function. Marketing and Communications will continue to partner very closely as we shape HPE’s brand and reputation, but the functions will operate separately."
He went on to praise Temple for understanding "the importance of partnership, and is an advocate for building collaborative cultures. She has an innovative spirit, and her track-record proves that she has a bias for action."
Temple joined Wells Fargo in 2012 in a then newly-created position to manage internal, external and executive communications for all consumer lending lines of business. Two years later her role expanded to include oversight of the team managing integrated internal, external and executive communications for Wells Fargo's wealth and investment management businesses. In 2017, she added managing communications for the bank's corporate risk & enterprise information technology organizations. Oscar Suris leads the overall communications function at Wells Fargo.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2012, Temple was EVP and GM of the San Francisco office for Hill+Knowlton. During her time with H+K, she was the global account lead for HP, "so she understands our legacy, rich heritage and culture of innovation," Neri noted in the memo.