HP last month announced plans to eliminate between 8 to 10% of its global workforce, which means cutting at least 25,000 jobs. Should Whitman slash even deeper, cut more jobs? No, she says: "I think it's about the right size. You never know for sure, but we're taking the very best analysis that we can... And it's never easy to reduce the workforce by 27,000 because it disrupts people's lives. But in my view, we couldn't afford to wait to make the needed investments to set HP up for the next five years."
HP Needs a Marketing Makeover
HP, Whitman says, "hasn't been very good at telling its own story." So should we expect bold, new marketing campaigns targeted at consumer and business customers alike?
White House: Not Interested
After her failed California gubernatorial run in 2010, Whitman has had enough of politics for now. And if fellow Republican Mitt Romney wins the U.S. presidential election in November and asks her to join his cabinet, she won't go.
"He might call me, but categorically I would not accept. This is a decision I had to make before accepting the job to run HP. You can't land at a company like HP that has gone through what it has gone through and think that you're only going to stay 18 months," Whitman said.