Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company reported it has named Kristin Major as executive vice president and chief people officer (CPO), as of February 1, reporting to president and chief executive officer Antonio Neri. The company said that Major has been with HPE since 2011, most recently serving as senior vice president of human resources (HR) and chief talent officer. Over the course of her career with HPE, Major has led HR for HPE GreenLake, HPE Aruba Networking, the HPE Transformation Office, and HPE's chief technology officer.

Prior to joining the HR function, Major was the chief employment counsel for the company for eight years as part of the Operations, Legal, and Administrative Affairs organization. According to a release, before joining HPE, Major was a labor and employment counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Palo Alto, California. Major holds a law degree from Georgetown University and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona.

Major succeeds Alan May, who held the CPO role since joining the company in 2015. During his tenure, May transformed HPE's Human Resource function to foster innovation, raise the bar on talent, increase diversity, introduce industry-leading benefits, and advance culture and business results. He played an instrumental role in the 2015 formation of HPE in its separation from HP, and guided many subsequent transformation efforts, spin-offs and acquisitions.

May will remain with HPE to support the organizational integration of Juniper Networks, which HPE reported earlier this month it intends to acquire.