Meg Whitman steps down as HP board chairwoman

A day after a report that she’s been short-listed to replace the ousted Travis Kalanick as Uber CEO, Meg Whitman has announced her resignation as chairwoman of HP’s board.

“HP has now been a standalone company for almost two years and I’m proud to have helped get the company off to a great start,” Whitman said in a statement July 26.

“The HP board is among the most diverse in our industry, and the company has established a proven track record of successfully delivering on its commitments.”

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Whitman had held the board’s top spot since Hewlett-Packard was split into two companies — HP and HP Enterprise — in November 2015. She remains CEO of HP Enterprise.

Replacing her as HP board chairman is Levi Strauss CEO Chip Bergh, who had sat on the board as lead independent director since March.

On July 25, Bloomberg reported that Whitman, who ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for governor of California in 2010, was on a short list of fewer than six people under consideration for the CEO role at Uber.

That report was based on an unnamed source. Additional unnamed sources, said to be Uber employees who attended a staff meeting that included discussion of filling the CEO role, said the troubled ride-share giant’s HR chief said a new CEO could be hired within six weeks.

Kalanick resigned from Uber in June, reportedly forced to walk the plank by two venture capitalists after a series of scandals.

 

Photo: HP Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman in 2012, when she was Hewlett-Packard CEO. (Paul Sakuma/AP)

 

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