Whitman says some big changes in the executive management team and in the middle management ranks are making a big difference. "When it comes to leadership my philosophy is as follows: You have got to have the right person in the right job at the right time with the right attitude," she said. "We have made critical moves this past year to bolster our senior leadership team." That includes the appointment in August of Bill Veghte (pictured) as the new executive vice president of the enterprise group; the appointment in June of Dion Weisler as the new printing and personal systems boss; and the appointment of Martin Fink as the new chief technology officer and CTO of the company. Just as important, HP has appointed midmarket leaders that are changing the game, including Sue Barsamian, who was promoted to the newly created role as senior vice president of HP worldwide indirect sales in September.