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May 26 2009   7:13PM GMT

MA court says Donatelli can start work for HP *Updated*

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

According to a press release put out by Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) today, a Massachusetts court has ruled that former EMC storage division head Dave Donatelli can start work for HP, provided he doesn’t oversee storage.

The statement from HP reads:

HP today announced that the Suffolk County Superior Court of Massachusetts entered an order that allows David Donatelli to begin working at the company.

This order modifies an earlier ruling by the court temporarily prohibiting Donatelli’s employment by HP.

Donatelli will serve as executive vice president of Enterprise Servers and Networking. Due to certain restrictions in the court’s most recent order, Dave Roberson, senior vice president and general manager of the StorageWorks division, will report directly to Ann Livermore, executive vice president of the Technology Solutions Group at HP, until the order is lifted.

HP is pleased with the court’s recent decision and looks forward to the contributions Donatelli will make to HP’s business.

As a 22-year veteran of EMC who ran a $14.9 billion division, Donatelli surprised the storage world by accepting a position with HP in late April. Earlier this month, the Massachusetts court blocked Donatelli from starting work at HP until the dispute over a non-compete clause in his contract with EMC was settled.

EMC officials have yet to respond to requests for comment on this latest ruling today.

Update: An EMC spokesperson just sent the following statement:

“We are pleased with the court’s ruling upholding the terms of EMC’s key employee agreement. The judge entered an order as proposed by EMC that precludes Mr. Donatelli from being engaged in any aspect of HP’s business that overlaps or competes with EMC’s storage business for a 12-month period.”

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