The world's largest technology company by revenue and the outfit that birthed Silicon Valley has very suddenly and unexpectedly put out a figurative "help wanted" sign.
After parting ways with CEO Mark Hurd on Friday over inaccurate expense reports and claims (that have been since been settled out of court) of sexual harassment from a former marketing contractor, Hewlett-Packard is already on the hunt for someone to fill his shoes.
The decision was shocking to Wall Street and the tech industry, and has taken some flack. Hurd's success at the company in his five-year tenure is well-documented, but it wasn't enough to get his board to overlook his violations of the company standards of business conduct policy.
As a result, the board of directors has the unenviable task of finding a suitable replacement to soothe investors, inspire employees, and ring up sales to customers. The job description, according to board member Marc Andreessen: "Someone with very strong leadership capabilities, both outstanding strategic and operational skills. Willing to consider internal and external candidates."
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