1. Strong Relations With VARsMark Hurd understood the value of VARs. He realized that if he could work with them and offer products that would make their services more robust (and their businesses a little more successful), he could filter HP's machines into the corporate world. The next CEO should follow that template. VARs are important when it comes to corporate success. And any CEO that forgets that will have all kinds of trouble trying to make up for Hurd's departure.
Now that Mark Hurd is out as CEO at HP, it's time the company stops worrying about the fallout and gets down to finding his replacement. Admittedly, finding a replacement for Hurd won't be easy. He was arguably one of the best CEOs HP has ever had. He made a point of scheduling meetings with customers and channel partners all around the country. He was very popular with technology partners, channel partners and many others who wonder who could fill those shoes now that he is gone. In fact, over the past five years, he helped bring HP back from the ashes. But in the process, he cast a shadow that will be hanging over the CEO's office for years to come. Regardless, it's time for HP to get back to work at finding a suitable replacement. In order to do so, it will need to find some qualities in the next leader that will help the company continue its success going forward. Here are some of the qualities that HP's next CEO will need to succeed in filling Mark Hurd's shoes.
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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