Well, after less than a year on the job as HP’s top dog Léo Apotheker is out, and former eBay CEO and one time candidate for California governor Meg Whitman is in. The move was hardly unexpected, but it very quickly evolved from quiet mumblings and rumors to full-fledged fact this afternoon. It was initially expected that Whitman would only be stepping in as an interim solution — just another person passing through the revolving door at the entrance to the CEO’s office. But, Whitman, a current board member, is in for the long haul. She’s is stepping in at a crucial and somewhat difficult time for the company that has seen its stock price plummet 47-percent, its $ 1.2 billion mobile OS flounder and is considering spinning off its PC business. She is no stranger to controversy (simply refer to her short tenure with Goldman Sachs) and was an integral part in growing eBay from a startup with just a couple of dozen staff members to one of the most popular destinations on the internet — so, at least she’s accustomed to having a few curve balls thrown her way. In a statement today, Whitman said that “I am honored and excited to lead HP. I believe HP matters – it matters to Silicon Valley, California, the country and the world.” The company’s press release is after the break.
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