Ray Lane's Intrigue at Hewlett-Packard

Hewlett-Packard–the technology giant that has given the business media more boardroom drama than any other–has dismissed yet another chief executive officer. The firing of Leo Apotheker is hardly questionable. One cannot argue with the ouster of a CEO who destroyed nearly half the company’s market value. The choice of Meg Whitman as his successor, however, merits some controversy. Whitman’s lack of experience, both in the hardware sector and in running a company of the size and complexity of HP, has made her choice as HP’s new leader a surprising one.

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