HP Names Meg Whitman President and Chief Executive Officer

Posted September 22, 2011 at 8:38pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 6015 views

HP today announced that its board of directors has appointed Meg Whitman as president and chief executive officer.

In addition, Ray Lane has moved from non-executive chairman to executive chairman of the board of directors, and the board intends to appoint a lead independent director promptly. These leadership appointments are effective immediately and follow the decision that Léo Apotheker step down as president and chief executive officer and resign as a director of the company.

"We are fortunate to have someone of Meg Whitman's caliber and experience step up to lead HP," said Lane. "We are at a critical moment and we need renewed leadership to successfully implement our strategy and take advantage of the market opportunities ahead. Meg is a technology visionary with a proven track record of execution. She is a strong communicator who is customer focused with deep leadership capabilities. Furthermore, as a member of HP's board of directors for the past eight months, Meg has a solid understanding of our products and markets."

Whitman said, "I am honored and excited to lead HP. I believe HP matters –- it matters to Silicon Valley, California, the country and the world."

Speaking on behalf of the board, Lane said, "We very much appreciate Léo's efforts and his service to HP since his appointment last year. The board believes that the job of the HP CEO now requires additional attributes to successfully execute on the company's strategy. Meg Whitman has the right operational and communication skills and leadership abilities to deliver improved execution and financial performance."

Under Apotheker, HP recently announced that it would exit the tablet market, spin off its PC business, and focus on enterprise. It's unclear if Whitman will continue to take the company in the same direction.


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Unhandsome_scurvy_boy ^__^ - September 23, 2011 at 3:58pm
Too fucking late the horse has bolted! HP ripe for buyout
Maguirre - September 22, 2011 at 8:41pm
F**k there goes the neighborhood! SELL SELL SELL!!!!!!!!
NotASpammer - September 22, 2011 at 9:28pm
It's been "sell sell sell" since Carly.
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