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In the words of great New York Yankees commentator, C-Ya Carly. The Hewlett Packard board decided that it was time for the company to look for new leadership, and asked Carly Fiorina to clear out the executive suite. Question, many are asking is what took them […]

In the words of great New York Yankees commentator, C-Ya Carly. The Hewlett Packard board decided that it was time for the company to look for new leadership, and asked Carly Fiorina to clear out the executive suite. Question, many are asking is what took them so long. Fiorina has had a controversial stay at HP, and in recent months it had become obvious that she was a “A” League player in the big leagues. Two exposes by The Wall Street Journal and Fortune, basically laid out the whole mess in black-and-white. Carly, in her old gig at Lucent had been equally bumbling, except it was the peak of the bubble, and telecom sales were rising and no-one really knew what a mess she was leaving behind. But that’s digging up buried bodies. My big question in this whole debate is that why isn’t the board being asked to leave. Well, these were the guys who supported Carly and the ill-fated decision to buy Compaq. It was these guys who called Walter Hewlett, the scion of Hewlett family a fool, and basically asked him to leave the board for doing his job. Excuse me, why is Carly being the only one to ask to leave. Here is a link to an open letter to Carly Fiorina, I had written in Red Herring back in 2002.

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  1. Ding Dong the witch is dead!

  2. Now lets just hope whomever they find to fill the witch’s shoes isn’t worse then the witch herself. In bizarro land I can just imagine Capellas being asked to come back but he’s too busy with MCI. Or even better, Bernie Ebbers! Ha! I kill me sometimes.

  3. What should the HP board do with the company? Sell PC business to someone who will take it, ala IBM. Focus on enterprise , and consumer device businesses. Spin out printer business under the brand name, Hewelett Packard.

  4. Om, asking what the HP board should do and what the HP board will do is going to be a world of difference. I wouldn’t be surprised if the board was pushed by the shareholders to oust Carly in this case. As it stands the board thought having her as CEO was a good idea, and don’t even get started on the whole merger mess. The HP board should try to make themselves different from Dell by putting R&D effort into the systems they build. They have to be different otherwise they are just a less efficent version of Dell. There is little reason that the PC space can’t mimic some of Apples sucess in industrial design and product rollouts. Who would want to buy HP’s PC biz anyways? The consumer side is so-so at best and their workstations are actually pretty nice. Servers arent bad either.

    You want to bring HP back? Bring back Walter Hewlett.

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