MAKER OF EXPENSIVE PRINTER INK HP has announced the appointment of former Microsoft chief software architect Ray Ozzie and former McDonalds CEO James Skinner to its board.
HP's board, which saw its chairman Ray Lane leave earlier this year, is being strengthened ahead of what is expected to be a make-or-break 2014 for CEO Meg Whitman. The firm announced three new board members including the well known and respected Ozzie and Skinner, along with Robert Bennett, the former CEO of Liberty Media.
Ozzie is best known for founding Lotus Development Corporation and inventing Lotus Notes, but after IBM bought Lotus he also spent a few years at Microsoft where he was chief software architect. He left Microsoft in 2010 after what many thought was a personality clash with then Windows chief Steven Sinofsky, but remained a high profile figure in the software industry.
Skinner's obvious history in the retail world will be of interest to HP as it tries to take advantage of its extensive sales channel to fend off rivals such as Lenovo. Bennett's experience in the world of media could signal the enterprise IT firm's ambitions beyond flogging hardware and software and providing customers with services.
HP CEO Whitman said, "As we move forward with our turnaround, it's a huge benefit to be able to get advice from a board made up of such experienced business and technology leaders. For their part, Dob [Bennett], Ray and Jim have just about seen it all during their careers.
"I'm very grateful for their support, as well as the ongoing support from all of the directors."
Whitman has written off 2013, however unless HP starts showing significant improvements in 2014, questions will arise as to whether she and the board can really turn HP around. µ
Tabs to more Ctrl and less Win. Such Fn.
Either that or it's a really intense holiday