Hewlett-Packard Co said it was looking inside and outside the company to find a replacement for Mark Hurd, who resigned on Friday following a sexual harassment investigation that found Hurd violated HP’s policy for standard business practices.
Analysts said that HP has a deep bench of executive talent to draw from, even excluding interim CEO Cathie Lesjak, who has said she is not interested in taking the chief executive job on a full-time basis. Here are five of HP’s most high-profile executives who could be in line to replace Hurd. TODD BRADLEY: A veteran manager with stints at GE Capital, FedEx Corp and Palm Inc under his belt, Bradley has headed HP’s personal computer business since 2005. Under his watch, HP became the world’s No. 1 PC maker, displacing the once-fearsome Dell Inc, while boosting operating margins in the hardscrabble hardware business. SHANE ROBISON: Robison oversees HP’s corporate strategy, including mergers and acquisitions, and its technology plans. The HP chief strategy and technology officer controls HP’s nearly $2 billion research and development efforts, and has spearheaded its push into software and services with big-ticket acquisitions like EDS and Mercury Interactive. VYOMESH JOSHI: HP’s imaging and printing group is one of the company’s most profitable businesses, and the high-energy Joshi has become synonymous with the business since taking the reins in 2002. Joshi joined HP as a research and development engineer in 1980 and sits on Internet giant Yahoo Inc’s board of directors. ANN LIVERMORE: Livermore has become acquainted with many corners of HP’s sprawling business in her 28-year career with the company, with management positions in sales, research and development and business management. In her current role as executive vice president of HP’s roughly $54 billion enterprise business, Livermore oversees the company’s server, storage and software and services operations. DAVE DONATELLI: One of the newer faces on HP’s senior management team, Donatelli joined HP last year from storage giant EMC Corp, where he worked for 22 years. At HP, Donatelli is responsible for the company’s storage, server and networking products.