Meg Whitman to Take Over at Hewlett-Packard?

Insiders say strugging company may dump CEO Leo Apotheker
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2011 4:48 PM CDT
Hewlett-Packard CEO Leo Apotheker. On his way out?   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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(Newser) – Meg Whitman may have lost out on her bid to be governor of California, but she might soon be back in a high-profile business post, reports Bloomberg. It quotes anonymous sources who say Hewlett-Packard's board may fire CEO Leo Apotheker and replace him with Whitman on an interim basis. Also in the rumor mill: The board may not spin off the company's PC business after all, with some directors saying the move hasn't been studied thoroughly enough.

The Wall Street Journal confirms the Whitman rumor but isn't sure the former eBay exec is interested, even on a temporary basis, because of her lack of expertise in the computer field. At MarketWatch, Therese Poletti thinks Whitman would be a horrible fit. "H-P does not need a former management consultant as its next CEO," she writes. "H-P needs someone with serious technology savvy who can also inspire its workers and lead the company out of its current morass." (Read more Hewlett-Packard stories.)

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