Meg Whitman will replace Leo Apotheker. Whitman, 55, was the CEO of eBay has been appointed as a CEO. While she was tipped to do the job temporarily it looks like she has got the job permanently. Whiteman was a member of the HP board which first backed Leo Apotheker as he tried to turn the company into a software outfit, and then sacked him.
It is not clear if his cunning plan to spin off its mainstay personal-computer business will go ahead, or what the future of WebOS will be. HP's chairman, Ray Lane, defended the choice of Whitman and the board's decision not to conduct a formal CEO search. He said that HP still had the results from the search following former CEO Mark Hurd's ouster last year and that the company considered several internal candidates.
Since Whitman agreed to take the job, there was no need to look any more and if the Board thought there was a better choice outside, we would have conducted the search.