Hiring Leo Apotheker
If HP partners were left dazed and confused by HP's decision to fire Hurd, they were overjoyed when HP fired Leo Apotheker as CEO on Sept. 22, 2011, after a mere 11 months on the job. They say the HP board's decision to hire Apotheker goes down as one of the biggest corporate blunders ever. CRN reported on the day that Apotheker was hired as CEO of HP the move left "some people scratching their heads." Partners now say it was that decision to hire Apotheker, who also was fired as CEO of SAP, that put HP into a tailspin from which it has never fully recovered.