Ex California candidate Meg Whitman joins HP in director shake-up

Hewlett Packard has announced changes to its board of directors, with five new members added including Meg Whitman, the rejected California candidate, confused Tweeter and former Chief Executive of Ebay.

This means that the total number of directors amounts to 17 until the next Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held in March, where the number will be reduced to 13.

The new directors also includes Shumeet Banerji, chief executive officer of Booz & Company; Gary Reiner, former chief information officer of General Electric Company and a current special advisor to private equity firm General Atlantic; Patricia Russo, former chief executive officer of Alcatel-Lucent; and Dominique Senequier, chief executive officer of AXA Private Equity.

All five directors will stand for re-election in March while it is noted that current directors Joel Hyatt, John Joyce, Robert Ryan and Lucille Salhany will not be standing for election.

“I am confident that HP’s stockholders, customers and employees will benefit from all of their talents and ideas, and I look forward to working closely with the entire board and management team as we pursue the exciting opportunities in front of us,” said Raymond J. Lane, non-executive chairman of the board of directors.

“Joel Hyatt, John Joyce, Bob Ryan and Lucille Salhany have offered invaluable service to HP over many years, and we are deeply grateful for their insights, counsel and commitment to HP’s business,” said Lane. “These directors worked tirelessly and effectively to navigate HP through a difficult leadership change in the last six months.

The news come just after it was announced that former CEO Mark Hurd’s rather controversial departure from the firm last Autumn will be subject to investigation with regards to his pay-off.