Hewlett Packard

James Olson, general manager, Video Communications Division

It looked like mission impossible back in May 1992, when Hewlett-Packard General Manager James D. Olson was told to plunge his division--then a maker of microwave test gear--into the hot market for digital video. He had 11 months to get his nerdy engineers to develop a suite of products--such as computers to send movies to homes--and get them to market.

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