Meg Whitman calls it a day as HPE CEO

Jon Howard
November 25, 2017

Whitman joined the company in 2011, after serving as the head of eBay. "Today, Hewlett Packard moves forward as four industry-leading companies that are each well positioned to win in their respective markets", Whitman said in a statement tied to this afternoon's news. She also continues to be mentioned as a future political candidate, despite having been handily beaten in the 2010 California gubernatorial election by Jerry Brown.

"Whitman, 60, has transformed the company she took over in 2011". She will be succeeded by Antonio Neri, 50, Hewlett Packard Enterprise's president.

Whitman led the acquisitions of Aruba and Nimble Storage too, and even helped to complete the $8.8 billion software division spinoff to Micro Focus. He has been with the company since 1995. He has held a number of roles in HP's printing business and then ran customer service for HP's Personal Systems unit.

Neri, who was appointed president of HPE in June 2017, said: "The world of technology is changing fast, and we've architected HPE to take advantage of where we see the markets heading".

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Whitman had been in talks earlier this year to become CEO of Uber, but talks ultimately broke down after word of the discussions got leaked.

Whitman said she is not sure of her next step, but that any next CEO position would have to be "exactly the right opportunity".

But when I profiled Whitman for Fortune's Most Powerful Women issue in September, there were mounting signs that she was nearing the end of her tenure-not that she would admit it. She is simply going to take a little down time. He hasn't disclosed any plans he might have as would-be CEO, but that should come shortly.

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