Mark Hurd’s Possible Successor at HP

The news of Mark Hurd resigning as the chief executive of Hewlett-Packard has just blown off the social media. The big question now is who will replace Hurd’s position in HP?

Hewlett-Packard, or popularly known as HP, is one of the largest companies of information technology in the world. The company “specializes in developing and manufacturing computing, data storage, and networking hardware, designing software and delivering services.”

Mark Hurd’s resignation was due to his controversial sexual harassment issue. In the investigation, the team found out that the company’s sexual harassment policy was not violated. When Hurd was asked about the issue, he emphasized that the standards of the business conduct were somehow violated. Hurd stated that he “realized there were instances in which I did not live up to the standards and principles of trust, respect and integrity that I have espoused at HP.” With this statement, Hurd decided that he will resign rather than having difficulty in continuing to be the leader of the company.

HP had announced earlier that they are considering people outside of the company to be in the position. The list of candidates for the position includes people from and outside the company.

Some of the top candidates who will probably get the position are Todd Bradley, an executive vice president who runs HP’s personal computer business; Ann Livermore, a veteran of HP, working for almost 20 years in the company and runs the company’s enterprise business; John Joyce, former managing director of Silver Lake, a company that is focused on private-equity firm; Cathie Lesjak, an interim CEO, works in the company’s treasury department; and Bob Wayman, a former HP finance chief and also became an interim CEO at HP.

Among the people from outside the company who are considered by the company are Ned Hooper, chief strategy officer at Cisco; Steve Elop, Microsoft’s business division chief which handles MS Office; Ray Lane, former CEO at Oracle; Greg Brown, co-CEO of Motorola; and Kevin Johnson, Microsoft’s online and Windows operations’ former head.