Denzel, senior vice president and general manager of HP's global software business unit, has resigned for "personal reasons," an HP spokeswoman said. Denzel's last day will be Dec. 9.
, general manager of HP's OpenView system management software business, will serve as interim head of the global software business unit. HP will conduct a search for a permanent replacement.
"HP admires Nora for her many contributions to HP and for bringing the business to profitability in the fourth quarter," the company stated.
Denzel, a five-year HP employee, oversaw a business unit that largely posted quarterly operating losses during the past two years, despite generating double-digit revenue increases, according to the company's financial statements.
Hurd, who previously served as NCR chief executive before joining HP, has previously said he uses. Industry analysts have characterized him as having a strong operations background.
Since his, Hurd has instituted several changes in HP's executive ranks. In July, Hurd named Randy Mott, former chief information officer from archrival Dell, . And in June, he and named former PalmOne CEO and Gateway executive Todd Bradley to oversee the PC end of the business.