10. Leo Apotheker Settles Into HP CEO Role
New HP CEO Leo Apotheker joined HP on Nov. 1 under a cloud of controversy stemming from Oracle's lawsuit against SAP, and made one of his first appearances at HP's Q4 earnings call on Nov. 21. During that call, Apotheker signaled his intention to boost HP's software business. "We need more software both as a category and also across the portfolio so that we can differentiate our individual products and services," he said in the call.
Although Apotheker hasn't had time to meet with many partners, he did take time to film a video in which he reassures partners that he's not planning to alter HP's channel focus. "We remain fully engaged in our channel objectives and fully engaged with you as a core component of our long term business strategy," Apotheker said in the video.
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