According to sources cited by Bloomberg, HP's board of directors is considering plans to rid itself of Chief Executive Officer Leo Apotheker, who's helmed the company for less than a year, and replace him with former eBay CEO Meg Whitman. HP has had a tumultuous year under Apotheker's leadership, and recently killed off its smartphone and tablet businesses. HP also recently announced plans to sell off its PC/hardware business and focus more on software and services, similar to IBM. HP's strategic changes have been met with investor ire. It is unclear if any of HP's recent strategic decisions might be reversed under new leadership. HP this week began the process of laying off more than 500 former Palm employees as it winds down the webOS business unit.
The decision to prematurely dump WebOS, was a huge mistake. This platform is worthy of so much. HP had a chance to propel WebOS into a viable position for developers and place it as the top OS in the world. I banked that with HP being the largest PC maker in the world, would've brought out the full potential in WebOS in marketing, sales and operational characteristics of what it had to offer.
I'm embarrassed for this company and feel getting rid of this CEO, is the only smart move they've made this year.
No one wants it. It's not the hardware. NO ONE CARES. There just wasn't enough room in an already crowded market to compete. What is it that you people can't comprehend??? Sprint and Palm. Two loser companies put together don't make a win. You have un... (continues)
I'm still glad to see this "Apothecary" guy stripped of power. He has taken a once proud brand name and virtually made it a PR circus. His decision to dump WebOS was a bit shortsighted as it's actually a pretty decent OS on tablets. It could be great if it had more support from app developers.