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August 31, 2015: Meg Whitman, Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett Packard

Among other topics, Meg discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy:

  • The progress made thus far in splitting HP into Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc.
  • How the sequencing of the split was envisioned
  • How she plans on splitting her time between the two new companies
  • The synergies anticipated between the two new organizations
  • How HP, as an acquirer of businesses, considers today’s large technology company valuations
  • The process of identifying future partners and acquisition targets for HP
  • The paucity of women in technology and her opinion on how this has progressed in Silicon Valley
  • Her career path from traditional business into technology at eBay and HP
  • What she’s taken from her political experience running for governor of California, and how that’s affected her professional career since then
  • Eye on trends: Enterprise technology change (versus to consumer technology change), Cloud, Hybrid Datacenter, automation and monitoring, the business model shift from capital expenses to operating expenses

Meg Whitman’s Biography

Meg Whitman is the Chairman, President, and CEO of Hewlett Packard Company.  She will be the CEO of HP Enterprise and non-executive chairman of the board at HP Inc. following HP’s split into two separate companies on November 1st of this year.  Meg has been CEO at HP since September of 2011 and started as a member of the board there in January of 2011.

Prior to joining HP, Meg was the republican candidate for governor of California in 2010, a race which she eventually lost to Jerry Brown.

Before embarking on her political career, Meg Whitman was the President and CEO of eBay, where she began with the company in March of 1998.  During her time at the organization the company from 30 employees and 4 million dollars in revenue to over 15,000 employees and annual revenue near 8 billion dollars.  She has also held executive positions at Hasbro Inc, the Stride Rite Corporation, Walt-Disney, and Bain & Company.  Meg also currently serves on the board of directors of Proctor & Gamble

Meg earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Princeton in 1977, and received her MBA from Harvard Business School in 1979.

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