New HP CEO – Léo Apotheker

The appointment of former German software executive Leo Apotheker as Hewlett-Packard’s next chief executive sends an unmistakable signal that the board of the world’s largest technology company is prepared to gamble big on an aggressive push into the software business.

Leo takes over after Mark Hurd resigned after a Sexual Harassment charge

Former SAP chief Apotheker called software the “glue” that will hold together the different parts of the company.

Apotheker has no experience with consumer products, which make up a sizable portion of HP’s business. He also faces the challenge of holding together a group of managers at HP, some of whom were passed over for the CEO job.

HP recently won a bidding war against Dell for storage company 3Par.

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