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BUSINESS
January 5, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Had things gone differently, Meg Whitman might today be governor of California, fighting to turn around one of the country's most financially troubled state governments. Instead, having lost her bid for that office in November 2010, she finds herself head of Hewlett-Packard Co., struggling to fix one of the high-tech industry's most troubled giants. Save HP or California. It's hard to say which is the tougher job. It sometimes seems as if just about everything that could go wrong at HP has gone wrong in recent years.
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NEWS
August 27, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ripped California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday, saying that the state's voters should have elected Meg Whitman but instead went with a “retread” who is failing to lead. “California made the bad choice by going with an old retread," Christie told California's delegation to the Republican National Convention, a crowd that lapped up his message. “Let me tell you this - I cannot believe you people elected Jerry Brown over Meg Whitman.
NEWS
August 27, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - She may have lost her bid for California governor in epic fashion, blowing a record fortune and growing increasingly less popular as the campaign wore on. The company she's now running just reported a loss of $8.86 billion, a quarterly record, and earlier this year announced plans to lay off 27,000 people. But the sun still shines brightly on Meg Whitman as far as Mitt Romney, her friend and business mentor, is concerned. In a pre-convention interview with Politico, the GOP nominee-to-be said his Cabinet would be chock full of private-sector experience, "citing Meg Whitman of Hewlett-Packard as a model for female leaders he would like to surround himself with.
BUSINESS
July 5, 2012 | By Steve Johnson
SAN JOSE — Hewlett-Packard Co.'s storied yet faltering business is expected to take nearly half a decade to turn around, but a looming question is whether investors will give the company and its new chief executive, Meg Whitman, that much time. Its investors have reason to be restless. Many of them have watched the Silicon Valley leviathan struggle to find its way amid heightened competition complicated by a succession of management missteps and purges. And to keep shareholders from jumping ship or demanding the heads of more executives, some analysts say, HP needs to start showing marked advances sooner rather than later.
NEWS
May 30, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
Mitt Romney was endorsed by former secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and George Shultz at a fund-raiser here Wednesday night, with both arguing that Romney is best suited to right the nation's economy and standing in the world. Shultz noted that he had served Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon and Reagan, and knew both Bushes well, and said he recognized leadership and saw it in Romney. “Look at these people, and you see they have good minds, not just intellects, but some sort of creative ability to grasp the depth of what's going on and that's really important and this man has that kind of mind,” Shultz told 300 people at a hilltop castle in this Bay Area suburb.
NATIONAL
April 14, 2012 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
As Democrats launch their general election assault on Mitt Romney, their approach has sounded familiar to those who followed the meteoric rise and fall of Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman, corporate chieftains who lost their Republican bids for senator and governor in California two years ago. Much as Fiorina and Whitman emphasized their business experience, Romney's presidential campaign has presented him to voters as the man to tackle the nation's...
BUSINESS
April 4, 2012 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Fresh off an unsuccessful and costly run for California governor, Meg Whitman last fall took the helm ofHewlett-Packard Co. as its fourth chief executive in little over a year. The storied technology giant was in desperate need of a turnaround after a series of missteps and internal dysfunction. For Whitman, who failed to catch on with voters after spending $144 million of her own money, it was a chance to return to familiar territory in Silicon Valley, where she had first made a splash with auction site EBay Inc. But six months into her tenure at HP, analysts say they've yet to see real improvement at one of the world's largest computer makers.
BUSINESS
November 22, 2011 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
In its first earnings report with Meg Whitman as chief executive, Hewlett-Packard Co. reported fiscal fourth-quarter profit and revenue that beat expectations, but cautioned that it expected a challenging 2012. The tech giant Monday reported revenue of $32.1 billion for the three months ended Oct. 31, down 3.5% from $33.3 billion last year. Profit totaled $239 million, or 12 cents a share, compared with $2.54 billion, or $1.10, a year earlier. Excluding one-time charges and other items, Hewlett-Packard would have earned $1.17 a share, beating the Wall Street estimate of $1.13.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2011 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Hewlett-Packard Co. will keep making personal computers after all. The world's largest computer maker said Thursday that it would not spin off its Personal Systems Group, which makes PCs, into a separate company, an idea it first floated in August. HP's new chief executive, Meg Whitman, said the decision came after the Silicon Valley giant "objectively evaluated the strategic, financial and operational impact" of divesting the business. "After reviewing the results of the analysis, the decision was actually very straightforward," Whitman said in a conference call with analysts Thursday.
BUSINESS
October 1, 2011 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
Meg Whitman is taking a $1 annual salary for her position as the new chief executive of Hewlett-Packard Co. But don't think she's working for peanuts. As part of her compensation package, Whitman was also awarded options to buy nearly 2 million shares of HP stock at $23.59, close to Friday's opening price, which eventually could bring her a windfall of tens of millions of dollars if HP's stock price rises. But as with many executive-level packages, the options won't vest immediately: Whitman won't be able to cash in at least 900,000 of them until a year from now. The vesting of the options is also tied to the performance of the stock: If HP's stock doesn't achieve certain levels of growth during her tenure, in other words, Whitman can't use them.
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