Apotheker’s performance over the last 12 months was not that convincing and there was the need for a change in the management board. Meg Whitman’s appointment as CEO of Hewlett-Packard may help the company to be back in the spotlight.
That move certainly got public attention, butI'm sure his problems go back further than that. For the TouchPad, the question still remains whether it could have competed at a profitable level. Guess we'll never know!
"the HP Board just made the worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple Board fired Steve Jobs many years ago. That decision nearly destroyed Apple and would have if Steve hadn't come back and saved them. HP had a long list of failed CEOs until they hired Mark who has spent the last five years doing a brilliant job reviving HP to its former greatness" - Ellison, 8/9/10. For HP to regain the credibility, the internal problem has to be resolved. The company is just struggling like the snake without a head. Once the company is able to get goal oriented leaders, then it can come back heavily. Who knows wether the board was afraid of loosing money if they go ahead on tablet PC under the current CEO leadership. To drop the idea of tablet may be the best decision the company can make
"the frequent changes at the CEO position are not a good indicator for the internal dynamics at HP"
That is true. However Leo had been making a negative buzz since he allowed the TouchPad to be pulled off 7 weeks after it was released to realize later that people actually like the HP tablet and the main problem was elsewhere.
I was very surprised to see that HP took back the person who held the position earlier. I don't know if this is unprecedented, but it is, surely, unusual. Maybe they believe that they're playing it safer this way, along the the lines of "Better the devil you know than the devil you don't."
Bolaji, in general, I agree with your assessment. The only thing I take issue with is that you think that it was an, "idiotic decision to stop manufacturing tablet PCs." I think that bailing on the tablet business is a smart move, clearly the tablet market is jammed-packed with too many players and not enough demand for tablets which aren't made by Apple. I think HP needs to pick their battles, and the tablet fight is one they can't win... so stepping aside was a wise move.
I don't like the Whitman move. It really is not a step in the right direction, in my opinion. Also, this really makes me question the amount of executive talent currently at HP... There obviously must not be a rising-star or an existing strong leader within the company. There are surely deeper leadership issues within the organization. I suppose it's a trickle-down effect, if the board and the CEO is kind of just flailing around, I guess you can't expect everyone else to fall in line...
I'm really not convinced HP has a clear idea of what they're trying to do or what kind of company they hope to be. Beyond the lack of identity, I'm not convinced there's a clear, viable, overall strategy in place. And even once they do figure this out, I'm not sure if they have the leadership to actually execute.
As you say, I think it's pretty clear at this point that firing Hurd was the wrong move. I guess Larry Ellison was right: "the HP Board just made the worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple Board fired Steve Jobs many years ago. That decision nearly destroyed Apple and would have if Steve hadn't come back and saved them. HP had a long list of failed CEOs until they hired Mark who has spent the last five years doing a brilliant job reviving HP to its former greatness" - Ellison, 8/9/10.
Clearly, the frequent changes at the CEO position are not a good indicator for the internal dynamics at HP. One would hope that the board recongnizes this fact, and spect some time in careful deliberation before making this announcement, past record notwithstanding. I hope they recognized what attributes they really need to move forward, and chose wisely. Time will tell.
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