PALO ALTO, CA--Howard Clabo is departing Applied Materials to lead corporate media relations and executive communications at Hewlett-Packard.

Clabo has headed communications at Applied Materials since 2009. At HP, he will lead global media relations outreach and be responsible for developing an overall integrated communications strategy to support HP’s business goals and reputation.

Corporate media relations at HP was previously headed by Mylene Manglindan, who departed the company several months ago. Clabo adds an executive communications component that will see his team provide communications counsel to HP’s executives.

Clabo's arrival at HP follows the company's hire of eBay veteran Henry Gomez as chief communications officer earlier this year. Gomez succeeded Bill Wohl, who left HP last year after a a tumultuous period that saw HP CEO Leo Apotheker replaced by former eBay CEO Whitman.

Prior to joining HP, Clabo held senior roles at FedEx and numerous agencies.