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HP Board Revamp Gives CEO Chance to Shake Off Troubles

Hewlett-Packard Co.’s board shakeup, including Ray Lane’s exit as chairman, gives Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman a clearer path to revive growth and shake off years of tumult at the world’s largest computer maker.

A former president of Oracle Corp., Lane failed to use his extensive experience in enterprise computing to help Hewlett-Packard’s turnaround. His public gaffes -- including being photographed using an Apple Inc. computer -- also sometimes served as an embarrassment to the company.