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Hewlett-Packard’s VP of HR bids farewell after 39 years
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/21/2006

More than 20 years ago, the president of Hewlett-Packard Canada sat down with John Cross and asked him what he was going to do “when he grew up.”

Cross had been with the Mississauga, Ont.-headquartered company since he graduated as a biomedical engineer in 1967. He worked his way up from a medical sales representative to several key positions, including manager of medical equipment assembly, commercial services manager and manager of operations and corporate planning.

He told the president that one day he wanted to be in charge of human resources, even though none of his previous jobs had been in HR.