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Lenovo is China's largest PC maker by sales, but HP still sees plenty of opportunity for growth in the market, according to Bradley. "We don’t cede any market to anyone," he said during the Q&A.
HP's unique understanding of Chinese customers, and its recent opening of an R&D center in Shanghai for printers and PCs, serve as evidence, Bradley added.
HP, faced with challenges to several of its core businesses, is in the midst of a restructuring that will likely include layoffs. One audience member asked Whitman if she could provide a specific number for jobs she anticipates cutting.
"As we create the financial capacity to invest in R&D, in people and customer support, we have to look at how we spend money across HP," she responded. "That's a process that we're going through, so everything is on the table."
However, Whitman said layoffs will not impact employees in HP's China-based operations. "There will be no workforce reduction in China on a broad scale at all. You will not see broad-based workforce reduction across any of our businesses," she said.
During her 10 years at the helm of eBay, Whitman had plenty of exposure to the Chinese business marketplace, and one audience member asked her how that experience will inform her leadership of HP.
"Commitment and perseverance to this market is very important," Whitman said. "The Chinese take a much longer-term view than many Western countries. It's not a market where you can take something that works in Europe or the U.S. You have to have products uniquely designed for this market."