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Most employees appear to be happy with the actions of HP's new CEO

Holding the position of CEO with a company the size of Hewlett-Packard surely must be a daunting task.  Since Mark Hurd took over after Carly Fiorina was replaced a year ago, things at HP have only gotten better.  Along with the stock rising 47 percent since he started, he also brought back trust and optimism that the company lost from its employees.  According to the San Jose Mercury News:  

During his inaugural year, Hurd has established himself as a low-profile leader who has coaxed profitability out of every business segment, largely by slashing expenses. While employees and analysts are enthused about his accomplishments so far, many wonder whether he can conquer the next big challenge: increasing revenue.

Fiorina laid off 33,500 workers during her reign.  Hurd announced in July that he would be laying off around 15,300 employees in an action that will take a year and a half to complete.  Even with the layoffs, employees are more at ease because he has done a better job justifying the action compared to his predecessor.  From an internal standpoint, HP is very optimistic about what it is planning for the future.

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Good Riddance to Carly
By segagenesis on 3/30/2006 11:25:46 AM , Rating: 4
Bringing back the HP some of us remember before she tore the company to shreds is a good thing. I miss thier quality printers.

RE: Good Riddance to Carly
By PLaYaHaTeD on 3/30/2006 11:49:14 AM , Rating: 3
It's sad that she did such a terrible job. She was one of the few female CEOs of fortune 500 companies, and that was an opportunity to shed some of the typical stereotypes that women carry in leading business positions.

RE: Good Riddance to Carly
By lemonadesoda on 3/30/2006 4:54:25 PM , Rating: 3
There's an expression called "to kick someone up", which basically means, if you want to get rid of someone in an important position, and unfortunaltely they currently wield some power, then the ONLY option is to offer them a "higher paid job" in another position. They see it as a promotion, accept, and then you just wait for them to FUCK UP, and fire them.

If you fire them before they F.U. then you have unfair-dismissal, gender issues (in this case), etc. etc.

I just don't think anyone realised how much damage she would do before being given the boot.

She should have just kept a nice-quiet-low-profile and done what all CEO's and presidents know how to do well... focus on P.R. and let the people who REALLY know how to run the business get on with their work.

RE: Good Riddance to Carly
By the1physicist on 3/31/06, Rating: 0
RE: Good Riddance to Carly
By Samus on 3/31/2006 4:31:05 AM , Rating: 1
I think you mean to say she didn't have the balls for the job.

RE: Good Riddance to Carly
By AstroCreep on 3/30/2006 1:42:34 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I was just thinking about her the other day.
Seriously, an HP-branded iPod? WTF?!

She's now enjoying her new position as senior crack-addict in east LA.

(the above statement was a joke; don't sue me :p)

Clueless in Cupertino
By AgentM on 3/31/2006 1:32:26 PM , Rating: 2
She did a more horrible job than many can imagine. It all boiled down to hubris, not guts! From the get go, the whole HP-Compaq merger was greeted by a "Yeah right!" skepticism from Compaq employees. She managed to repeat many of the mistakes made by her predecessors in the Compaq-DEC merger. A lot of the arguments that she presented as the sound basis for the merger were rubbish and we knew it... from experience and were again proven to be the case.

I read an article by a business analyst on the merger before it was approved. Simply put 21 out of 22 previous mergers of giant corporations had failed to succeed or realize any value to the stock holders or benefit the industry. The one success was a pair of Banks! Now it's 22 out of 23!! What she did succeed in doing was disrupt the business of many customers and business partners, the lives of many current employees, laid-off tens upon tens of thousands of highly skilled workers, destroyed high-tech manufacturing infrastructure, and substantially decreased competition and consequently innovation in our nation's computer industry. From sources in HP's super secret invention labs, She took the invent out of HP. Thanks Carly.

Carly may be rich and clueless and I'm not, but I have a clue and still have my integrity.

Good Riddance to Carly
By bossienova on 3/31/2006 4:46:28 PM , Rating: 2
"daunting task"? Hell, things wouyld have improved 47% if Obelix was the new CEO.

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