View From The Top: HP CEO Whitman Answers Tough Partner Questions


What is the more difficult job: CEO of HP or governor of California?

I actually think being governor of California would have been more difficult than turning around HP. Maybe that is because I actually know how to do this. The other thing is: You are watching what is happening in Washington, D.C. And California is just a microcosm of the United States. The sort of division and sort of complete dysfunction of so many of our institutions is just distressing. The reason I ran [for governor of California] is I thought business leadership could help. But things happen for a reason. It is a great privilege to be at Hewlett-Packard.



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