05 December 2018

From chief of legal to head of business strategy

Consistent with trends of law towards business, HP taps top lawyer to develop business and strategy.

HP Inc has announced that Kim Rivera, chief legal officer and general counsel, has been named president, strategy and business management, effective January 1.

Essential adviser

Ms Rivera succeeds interim chief operating officer Cathie Lesjak, who previously announced she will retire in early 2019. She has spent her career working with Fortune 500 companies across multiple industries, managing an array of business, strategy, risk and legal disciplines. Ms Rivera joined HP in 2015, responsible for all aspects of legal, government relations, compliance and ethics. In her expanded role, Ms Rivera will now also lead the company’s strategy and business management organization. ‘Since joining HP, Kim has proven herself time and again not only as an expert in legal and policy areas, but as an essential advisor to our business and regional leadership team and board of directors. Her understanding of the entire organization combined with her ability to thoughtfully navigate highly complex issues have added tremendous value to our business, said Dion Weisler, HP president and chief executive officer. 

A legend

Prior to HP, Ms Rivera held a variety of positions including: chief legal officer and corporate secretary at DaVita HealthCare Partners; chief compliance officer and head of international legal services at The Clorox Company; and, chief litigation counsel for Rockwell Automation as well as general counsel for its $2B Automation Controls and Information Group. She is a recent recipient of the Burton Legends in Law award as well as Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession Award for Professional Excellence.