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CRN Exclusive: CEO Meg Whitman On Everything You Need To Know About HP's Split

Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman earlier this month sat down for an exclusive interview with CRN, where she discussed HP's plans to split into two companies, what drove the decision and why she thinks HP partners will come out the better for it.

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Can you remain a big company in the enterprise technology business and be successful?

We will split into two Fortune 50 companies. They are not peanuts. But I think, frankly, two $57 billion companies will be faster than one $114 billion company. So that is part of the reason we are doing it. But we have to be nimble as a $57 billion company on the HP Inc. side as well as the Hewlett-Packard Enterprise side. So, yes, I think it gives us a chance to reshape the cost structure.

Very rarely do you get to re-fashion two Fortune 500 companies -- that is the opportunity that this presents -- and then ignite again the innovation engine. Innovation has to be our point of difference.

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