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"As far as charisma goes, that's in the eye of the beholder," he said. "I've seen her in one-on-one meetings. She's not as flashy as Carly. But she's very knowledgeable. And as far as comments about her being passed up before, I didn't see anything that showed she was a contender against Carly."
Actually, Richie said, he has a dream about how interesting it would be if someone further down the management chain at HP were jumped up to the top spot.
"Maybe someone like Adrian Jones, [HP vice president and general manager, enterprise storage and servers, Asia-Pacific and Japan]," he said. "Look at his enthusiasm. It would be nice to see someone from the ranks jump ahead, someone who knows how to get their feet wet. But I wouldn't hold my breath on that one."
Dave Butler, president of Enterprise Computing Solutions, a Mission Viejo, Calif.-based solution provider and HP partner, said that, in the end, any impact from Hurd's move to Oracle will depend not on Hurd, but on who HP taps to replace Hurd.
"I don't think any impact he has will be more than whoever they find to replace him," he said. "HP has a good management team. But if it doesn't find the right person to replace him, the real impact to HP will be his leaving. It's natural for HP to put the right person in charge. They did it last time with Mark Hurd."
Convery also said he hopes to see an internal pick at HP. "There's so much momentum going on now at HP," he said. "When you bring someone in, it takes 60 to 90 days to get going, just like what will happen with Hurd going to Oracle."