HP CEO Appointment is Close, Report

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A report says that HP is close to naming a new CEO to replace Mark Hurd who left last month and has since joined rival Oracle. The report says that HP is most likely to appoint an internal candidate.

NEW YORK, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) is nearing a decision on a new chief executive to succeed Mark Hurd and is likely to pick an internal candidate, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing a person familiar with the matter.

The board of HP, the world's largest computer maker, met this week to consider possible successors to Hurd, who departed in August, and a decision could be announced in the coming week, according to the report.

The short list includes Vyomesh Joshi, who runs HP's printer business; Todd Bradley, head of the personal-computer division; Dave Donatelli, who runs the storage and server unit; Tom Hogan, executive vice president of enterprise sales and marketing; and Ann Livermore, executive vice president of the enterprise business, Bloomberg said.

HP spokeswoman Mylene Mangalindan declined comment on the matter.

While the company hasn't ruled out hiring from outside, HP may not be inclined to recruit from a rival, the report said. (Reporting by Soyoung Kim in New York and Bill Rigby in Seattle; editing by Carol Bishopric)