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    Hi all,

    I would add the following, make sure that you encourage implementation of webOS as often as possible on as many HP & Palm devices as possible. If need be, pay to have more webOS apps written.

    Take care,


    Qualifications needed to be HP's next CEO
    by Erica Ogg, August 11, 2010 4:00 AM PDT

    Qualifications needed to be HP's next CEO | Circuit Breaker - CNET News

    The world's largest technology company by revenue and the outfit that birthed Silicon Valley has very suddenly and unexpectedly put out a figurative "help wanted" sign.

    After parting ways with CEO Mark Hurd on Friday over inaccurate expense reports and claims (that have been since been settled out of court) of sexual harassment from a former marketing contractor, Hewlett-Packard is already on the hunt for someone to fill his shoes.

    The decision was shocking to Wall Street and the tech industry, and has taken some flack. Hurd's success at the company in his five-year tenure is well-documented, but it wasn't enough to get his board to overlook his violations of the company standards of business conduct policy.

    As a result, the board of directors has the unenviable task of finding a suitable replacement to soothe investors, inspire employees, and ring up sales to customers. The job description, according to board member Marc Andreessen: "Someone with very strong leadership capabilities, both outstanding strategic and operational skills. Willing to consider internal and external candidates."

    We've already hazarded educated guesses as to the top contenders for the position, but it's useful to think about the ideal qualities in a candidate HP should be considering.

    So what should they look for? Here are the suggestions of people whose expertise is in management and HP for the search process and identifying the right man or woman for the job.

    Don't target a boy scout/girl scout

    An easy temptation after losing a leader over an ethical breach is to find someone who's the opposite--someone perceived as beyond reproach morally. Of course, that's basically what HP thought it was getting in Hurd when they raised him to chairman after Patricia Dunn stepped down amid the pretexting scandal of 2006.

    Upstanding executives are always a good thing, but HP shouldn't target someone only because they're known as "a boy scout or girl scout," said Dave Logan, professor at the USC Marshall School of Business. "The problem is they don't want to end up with a Jimmy Carter. No disrespect to the former president, but they don't someone with good morals but who's ineffective."

    Do your due diligence

    On the other hand, HP's executive search committee should also not overlook the professional situations the candidates they are considering are coming from. "It's not enough in my mind for the new CEO to have a spotless reputation. It's important that none of the companies with which they've been affiliated has had scandals in the past," said Jo-Ellen Pozner, assistant professor at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

    "Unfortunately, I have done extensive research on executive career outcomes after scandals and after speaking to boards and headhunters, they often don't do that type of due diligence. They look at someone's CV and don't take the next step. It's important that the person they choose doesn't have any skeletons in their closet, but also find someone who knows how to run the company and do it well."

    Get a personality

    Sure, charismatic Carly Fiorina didn't go over so well at HP. But that doesn't mean there isn't room for a CEO of HP whose temperament and personality lie somewhere between Hurd and Fiorina. Plus, HP isn't the same company it was a decade ago either, and it could be time to try this again--especially when they're planning to compete more directly against Apple and its cult-hero CEO Steve Jobs with smartphones and WebOS.

    "Obviously they want someone who can make sure the operations stay on track," Gartner analyst Martin Reynolds said. "But there's room for a little bit of flair, a little bit of Steve Jobs in the person. Not too much, but there is the opportunity to bring in someone with more of a public persona to drive interest in the company," he said.

    Find someone unafraid to innovate

    Hurd was a numbers guy, an "operational nerd," as author Anthony Bianco put it recently. That can translate to successful, which Hurd was but also boring. Why not take the chance to get someone in the CEO's office who has visionary qualities? Someone who knows what HP's customers want.

    Hurd took the company to the peak of the technology world, acquiring several companies like EDS, 3Com, and Palm and adding billions to its stock-market value.

    The next CEO could take that success and push HP to even greater heights if he or she were to expand to new areas of business. Both consumer products and cloud services are some things HP has been looking at, but they could be moving faster, argues Gartner analyst Martin Reynolds.

    "Both companies and consumers want to see everything connected together...adding value to their lives and business," he said. "HP plays in all those places but there's an opportunity to build a much bigger story around it."

    Move quickly

    Andreessen is one of the board members leading the search for Hurd's replacement, and he said right away on the first call with reporters and investment analysts that HP's search committee was already in place.

    "We are going to move as fast as possible but we're going to make sure we get the right CEO for the company," he said.

    Obviously they should choose wisely, but time is, as they say, of the essence. Interim CEO Cathie Lesjak said nothing will change about its strategy. But there's still some lingering confusion, UBS analyst Maynard Um said in a research note to investors. HP's management "didn't address whether they were looking for a CEO to execute on HP's existing strategy or if there was potential for a different direction for HP under new leadership," he wrote.

    And that uncertainty can be debilitating for employees and potentially the person stepping into Hurd's shoes.

    HP might believe that its 300,000-plus employees know their marching orders and shouldn't miss a beat, but that's overly optimistic, said Logan.

    The first reaction when losing a leader suddenly can be panic and questioning, he said. "If they lose any momentum at all, even for 30 or 60 days for HP that's a matter of life and death."
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    I would add "Not this" to the list.
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    "Honest to the point of recklessness; self-centered in the extreme."
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    Sounds like they might want Rodger "It eats iPhones for breakfast"!?
    "Everybody Palm!"

    Palm III/IIIC, Palm Vx, Verizon: Treo 650, Centro, Pre+.
    Leo killed my future Pre 3 & Opal, dagnabitt!
    Should I buy a Handspring Visor instead?
    Got a Pre2! "It eats iPhones for Breakfast"!
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    Hi all,

    Thank GOD I am not on the list!! LOL,

    take care,

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    My guess it is getting longer by the minute.

    Take care,


    The Short List for HP's Next CEO Could Be Long
    By PATRICK THIBODEAU of Computerworld, IDG, August 11, 2010

    The Short List for HP's Next CEO Could Be Long -

    Analysts are developing a short list of possible candidates to replace former Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Mark Hurd, who resigned Friday. But it's worth noting that Hurd's name didn't come up often, if at all, as a contender in 2005, when he was tapped for the HP job.

    At the time, he was a veteran of NCR Corp., where he had served as its CEO and president.

    During that search, The Wall Street Journal said executive recruiters envisioned the ideal successor to be "a star CEO at a company with at least $40 billion in annual sales." NCR had revenue totaling just over $6 billon, making Hurd something of a surprise choice.

    With Hurd now out -- he resigned after HP's board found fault with his relationship with a contractor and related expense reports filings , the succession guessing game is in full swing. Analysts are brushing off their 2005 lists and some familiar names are emerging as hot prospects.

    Among those mentioned, once again, is Michael Capellas, the former CEO of Compaq, and Joseph Tucci, the CEO of EMC . The names of executives at IBM , Microsoft and Oracle are also being bandied about.

    HP executives who were likely considered in 2005 and are seen as contenders now include Ann Livermore, the executive vice president of the company's enterprise business and Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president of HP's imaging and printing group. New to the list is Todd Bradley, a former Palm CEO and president who is now executive vice president of HP's personal systems group.

    An easier task, perhaps, than trying to guess names is to determine what type of management style HP's board will want in its next CEO.

    Chuck House, an HP veteran who now heads Stanford University's Media X , was especially critical of Hurd's management style in his blog . He outlined in an e-mail what he hopes the board will look for in Hurd's replacement. (Media X is affiliated with the H-STAR Institute (Human-Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute) at Stanford, and works with industry and academics to study the impact of information and technology on society.)

    House hopes the new CEO is someone who is "innovation appreciative" and is willing to spend research and development dollars, a leader who employs "management by walking around..., which implies caring and compassion and regard with dignity for employees."

    House also believes that HP needs to change its employee reward system by "getting rid of huge bonuses for the few, and restoration of profit sharing and much smaller, but meaningful, stock options for the many," he said. "This is an easy signal to implement, and relatively cheap to do in actuality," he said.

    House, co-author of The HP Phenomenon: Innovation and Business Transformation, added that HP needs a listener and a supporter of "collective intelligence" rather than "father-knows-best" management style, he said.

    Rob Enderle, an independent analyst in San Jose, Calif., said any internal candidates at HP could have an edge.

    "This time around they have internal candidates that could do the job, though external candidates with the needed breadth will be rare," said Enderle. He noted the emergence of board director Mark Andreessen, the co-founder of Netscape who has launched other companies and is a venture capitalist, "as a power player" at HP.

    Andreessen "may want to put someone vastly younger and more dynamic in the role than any of the traditional internal or external candidates," Enderle said. "I think the odds favor either an internal candidate or an unanticipated candidate at the moment, depending on how quickly they need to fill the job and how much influence Andreessen actually does have."

    Another important area for the next CEO will be ethics. Hurd wasn't directly involved in the company's pretexting scandal in 2006, when HP acquired phone records under false pretenses to learn the identity of a leaker. That incident prompted HP to emphasize its business conduct rules -- rules that eventually led to Hurd's ouster.

    "I would expect the company to say publicly that it is strongly committed to ethics and internal compliance, and I imagine that whoever becomes CEO will also say publicly that she/he is strongly committed to ethics and internal compliance and quickly moving beyond this episode," said Miriam Baer, assistant professor of law at Brooklyn Law School.

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