HP Lessons Hurd: 10 Things the CEO's Departure Has Taught Us About HP

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    Don Reisinger

    | Posted 2010-09-02
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It's hard to debate that HP is lost right now. The company had a strong leader in Mark Hurd that helped it lead the charge in the PC market and other markets. Now, the firm is looking for a new leader, while still facing the pressures of running so many different operations. And as the company's inexcusable premium offered for 3PAR shows, the current leadership isn't on Hurd's level.
With HP formidable CEO Mark Hurd out at HP and no replacement in sight, it's quickly becoming clear that the venerable company is in desperate need of direction. Although it's still churning out profits for its shareholders, there is little debating that things would be better if a strong leader was back at HP's helm. Hurd made a name for himself as one of the strongest and channel-centric CEOs the company has ever had. He made a point of regularly meeting with end-user customer companies at channel partner-hosted events. And he made bold aggressive moves to keep HP in the dominant position where it is, including acquisitions of EDS, 3Com and Palm. Regardless, Hurd is gone. And so far, HP has taught the tech world quite a bit about the company since he left. Many of the lessons are negative ones that the next CEO will need to address. But they are valuable lessons nonetheless.

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Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 

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