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

(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.

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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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