HP picks Larry Irving to lead government affairs

Irving will work on public policy initiatives and customer and business relationships.

Hewlett-Packard Co. tapped Larry Irving as vice president of Global Government Affairs for the computer manufacturer and systems integrator.

Irving will oversee the government affairs team based in Washington. He will help shape public policy and build relationships with government officials, community leaders, nongovernmental organizations and business partners, the company said.

He begins his new job Sept. 8 and will report to Michael Holston, HP executive vice president and general counsel.

Irving currently is chief executive officer of the Irving Information Group, a consulting firm that provides strategic planning and consulting services. He is also the founder and co-chairman of the Internet Innovation Alliance, which advocates broadband Internet access for all Americans.

Irving, 54, founded his consulting firm in 1999 after serving as assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information in the Clinton administration.

HP and its services subsidiary, EDS, are ranked No. 12 on the 2009 Washington Technology Top 100 list of the largest government contractors.