Roundup: As Hurd Exits, What’s Ahead for HP?

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What’s next for HP in the wake of Friday’s resignation of CEO Mark Hurd? The HP board has appointed CFO Cathie Lesjak as CEO on an interim basis, and will now look for a permanent successor to Hurd. Who should be considered? What are the traits needed to lead HP at this moment? Here’s a roundup of notable commentary and analysis from around the web:

  • HP’s CEO challenge: Find a master of tech transformation, not cost-cutting – For the second time in a little over five years, Hewlett-Packard needs a CEO who can restore stability and trust after an unexpected scandal has rocked the venerable Silicon Valley institution. Analysis from the San Jose Mercury-News.
  • Hurd Scandal the Latest Episode in HP’s Peyton Place Annals – For a company that was predictably boring for decades, Hewlett-Packard’s recent history has more closely resembled the plot of a Silicon Valley Peyton Place. From CBS News.
  • Why would Mark Hurd take such risks as the head of HP? – Analysis from Dean Takahashi at VentureBeat: What’s hard to understand is how this happened to Hurd when he, more than almost any major executive, appeared so disciplined and true to message. He demonstrated a sharp intellect when it came to balancing the risks and opportunities of running the huge corporation.
  • Speculation Begins Over Hurd’s Successor as HP CEO – Now that Mark Hurd has resigned as CEO of Hewlett-Packard, to whom will the company look to replace him? From All Things D.
  • The search for HP’s next top CEO – Some successor speculation from CNet: As a committee begins its search for former CEO Mark Hurd’s replacement, here are a few of the top candidates they are likely considering for the job.
  • An Actress Is Identified in the H.P. Scandal – The mystery woman whose relationship to Hewlett-Packard’s chief executive, Mark V. Hurd, led to his ouster came forward on Sunday to back up Mr. Hurd’s claims that they never had an affair or a sexual relationship.
  • Hurd’s thundering severance check – HP’s proxy filing made earlier this year says Hurd is eligible to receive as much as $53 million in pay and perks upon his separation from the company, all told, depending on the circumstances. From Fortune’s Street Sweep blog.
  • Timeline: Hewlett-Packard CEOs - Computerworld reviews the CEOs that have led HP throughout the years.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.