Hewlett-Packard wants to print for smartphones

Pat McMahon Contributor
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SAN DIEGO — Vyomesh I. Joshi, the head of Hewlett-Packard’s $24 billion printing empire, relaxes by taking long walks on the beaches near his home here. And, for a while, it seemed as if he might end up spending more time strolling the sand than moving ink and toner.

H.P.’s printing business deflated during the darkest days of the recession, producing plenty of gossip that Mr. Joshi would either leave the company or be fired. But sales have started to come back, and Mr. Joshi, who goes by V.J., is still around in fighting form. On Monday, he will preside over an event announcing H.P.’s latest attack on the printing market — which will center on printers built for the iPhone age.

“We heard some of that speculation about V.J.,” said Ben Reitzes, an analyst with Barclays Capital. “But it does seem like he’s reinvigorated and there are new products, and things are getting better for the business.”

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