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Dell Hires New Global Ops Head

Dell has hired the CEO of Solectron  to the newly created position of president of its global operations. Solectron is a leading provider of electronics manufacturing services and counts Dell as one of its many big name customers.

The hiring of Michael Cannon is the first major move Dell's made since founder Michael Dell replaced Kevin Rollins as CEO in January. Cannon was Solectron's CEO the past four years. He will report directly to Michael Dell. .

"As we continue to grow worldwide, it is important that we increase our ability, via the Direct Model, to manufacture close to our customer and fully integrate our supply chain into one global organization," Dell said in a statement. "This will allow us to drive for even greater excellence in quality, cycle time and delivered cost. We will innovate and adapt our supply chain model to help drive differentiated product design, manufacturing and distribution models."

Mr. Cannon will lead a new global organization that will combine all of Dell’s manufacturing, procurement and supply chain activities. Prior to Solectron, Cannon was CEO of storage maker Maxtor (now part of Seagate), and also worked at IBM's storage systems division.

Dell  spokesman Bob Pearson said the move is an indication of Dell's commitment to improving the direct model of selling that's made the company successful. "We think we can do even better," Pearson told internetnews.com. "There are about a billion people online today and over the next ten years another billion will be getting online in many of the fastest-growing countries. It will be more important than ever for us to be streamlined and nimble, and innovate with our distribution model."

Dell, with nine manufacturing plants in five countries including the US, can undoubtedly make good use of Cannon's expertise, which spans more than 25 years in technology and manufacturing. The company is planning to add new plants in Poland, India and Brazil as part of its growth plans in those emerging markets.

Solectron announced today that its Chief Financial Officer Paul Tufano has been named interim CEO while a global search is conducted for a full time CEO to replace Cannon.

Separately, Pearson would not confirm a report today by the Austin American-Statesman that John Hamlin, Dell's senior vice president of global online business and marketing division, is leaving the company.

The report quoted an internal Dell email that said Hamlin decided to leave rather than oversea the company's new consumer group. "We haven't announced anything on John Hamlin," said Pearson. "He's a member of the executive committee and when we have anything to announce, we will."