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HP board dismisses Fiorina

By and , IDG News Service
February 09, 2005 09:21 AM ET

IDG News Service - HP Wednesday announced that its board of directors has dismissed Carly Fiorina as the company's chairman and CEO.


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Fiorina, who has been HP's CEO for the past six years, is to be replaced on an interim basis by HP's current CFO, Robert P. Wayman, the company said in a statement. Wayman, who has been with HP for 36 years, will also continue to fill his role as CFO. HP has already begun its search for a new CEO, the Palo Alto company said.

HP also named Patricia Dunn as its non-executive chairman of the board. Dunn has been an HP director since 1998.

HP said it does not plan to make any additional structural changes or executive leadership changes for the time being.

"Carly Fiorina came to HP to revitalize and reinvigorate the company," Dunn said in a telephone press conference. "She had a strategic vision and put in place a plan that has given HP the capabilities to compete and win. We thank Carly for her significant leadership over the past six years as we look forward to accelerating execution of the company's strategy."

The company statement indicated that Fiorina's departure stems from disagreements on company strategy.

"While I regret the board and I have differences about how to execute HP's strategy, I respect their decision," Fiorina is quoted as saying in the statement.

According to Dunn, the board's decision to replace its CEO did not signal a change of strategy, but rather a desire to accelerate that strategy. Wayman, who was also made a member of the HP board on Wednesday, added that no changes in the company's product portfolio were expected.

Dunn declined to give specific reasons for Fiorina's dismissal. "We thought a new set of abilities was called for," Dunn said. "We are looking to accelerate the growth of the company and we think that requires hands-on execution."

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