What CIOs Want From Next CEO Of HP

What CIOs Want From The Next CEO of HP

Waiting for Hewlett-Packard to name its new CEO, we questioned CIOs at Everything Channel's Midsize Enterprise Summit West conference in San Antonio about who they'd like to see take the helm at HP and replace Mark Hurd, or at least what they'd like HP's next CEO to focus on. Here's what some of them had to say:

Kola Ibrahim

Senior information technology auditor First Bank, Hazelwood, Mo.

"Mark Hurd did a good job. What happened was just politics. I'd like someone like Mark Hurd who has a lot of strategic plans to cut costs and improve processes and provide some business strategy and alignment."

Randy Scadden

IT Engineer Idaho Technologies, Salt Lake City, Utah

"Somebody that will focus on business businesses. They have good market share there, but they're not served that market well. Their midsize solutions just don't cut it."

Michelle George

Vice president of application development Securities America, Omaha, Neb.

"I'd like to see what [the new CEO] does with networking to compete with Cisco [Systems]. Cisco is a brand name. I was talking to another CIO about how HP has a competitive edge with the 3Com products but how do you talk to your own engineers about switching [out Cisco] for HP?"

Stuart Wagner

Senior manager of IT security and compliance Friedkin Information Technology, Houston

"Carly Fiorina, but I understand she's going after a political future. I worked at HP for four years. I thought she did a good job."

Michael Patton

Director of information technologies Hecla Limited, Couer d'Alene, Idaho

"I don't care. We're not an HP house. No, wait, Michael Dell. I'd like Michael Dell to be the new CEO of HP."

Randy Hunter

CTO America First Credit Union, Riverdale, Utah

"A Carly-type person. She did a great job and I think she got a bad rap with the [Compaq] merger. She led them well."

Henry Chace

Burns & Levinson LLP, Boston, Mass.

"Someone who looks at customer service. They've made huge improvements. Which is now why we're [more of] an HP shop."

Ken Munson

Director of IT Parr Lumber, Hillsboro, Ore.

"Somebody good. Mark Hurd brought discipline, which was a good thing. Someone who is a visionary and sales oriented."

Kelly Irwin

Director of IT Drilling Info, Austin, Texas

"An area they are deficient in is blade technology. Cisco UCS has a big leg up on them. HP's product is so difficult to deploy. I wouldn't even consider it for customers unless they were already an HP blade shop."