Look how that turned out.
Of course, the real problem at HP is the board of directors. So even if Whitman is up to the task, the company ultimately is still being “directed” by a Royal Court of Dysfunctionality that has churned through four CEOs since 2005. And there’s no sign of that ending any time soon.
So, yeah, let’s hope HP shareholders have a lot of patience. They’re going to need it.