HP users hope Whitman brings stability to company

IT execs look to new CEO Meg Whitman to sort out the muddled product strategy that Leo Apotheker set forth in August.

By Patrick Thinodeau and Agam Shah, Computerworld |  IT Management, HP, insider

Hewlett-Packard customers who are disconcerted by the company's recent track record of management turmoil and product strategy shifts are hoping that new CEO Meg Whitman can bring some stability to the Silicon Valley icon.

The former eBay CEO was named to succeed Leo Apotheker late last month, shortly after his ouster from the helm at HP. Apotheker was fired less than a year after he succeeded Mark Hurd, who was dismissed amid a sexual harassment probe.

Ray Lane, executive chairman of HP's board, acknowledged that directors were "embarrassed" by the way Apotheker handled announcements in August that the company might sell or spin off its Personal Systems Group, planned to kill its line of WebOS smartphones and tablets, and had agreed to acquire software maker Autonomy for $10.2 billion.

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