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Is Meg Whitman The Right Person To Lead HP? (TCTV)

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Meg Whitman is back in the corner office. Earlier today, she was officially named CEO of HP, taking over from Leo Apotheker, who lasted less than a year. In the video interview above, I talk to Forrester analyst Frank Gillett about whether Whitman is the best person for the job or the best one available on short notice.

Gillett and I get into HP’s recent strategy twists, including Apotheker’s decision to get out of the PC business and bail on the Palm acquisition. We discuss whether Whitman, who signed off on that strategy as a member of HP’s board, should stay the course or go back to square one? Personally, I thought they should have brought back Mark Hurd, who now works for Larry Ellison. (Hey, if the stock keeps tanking, maybe Oracle can buy HP and Hurd can make a comeback).