HP CEO Meg Whitman discussed yesterday’s earnings announcement with David Faber in a live interview on CNBC today.
Adding detail on her strategy, Meg said, “we’re going to go to market as one HP.”
“There’s tremendous synergy between [each of HP’s business divisions] and customers want to buy from one HP,” she continued. By simplifying both the customer experience and internal processes, HP should be better positioned to succeed in 2012 and beyond, she said.
Meg also shared an insight that gives a sense of HP’s global scale and reach. Over decades, HP ink sales have been highly correlated to economic indicators like GDP and unemployment, making them an accurate predictor of economic conditions around the world.
Watch the complete 9 minute interview below or on CNBC.com:
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Earlier today, Wall Street Journal technology columnist Walt Mossberg interviewed HP CEO Léo Apotheker at the 9th "D" conference in Los Angeles.
They covered a range of subjects, but one of the most interesting exchanges came during the audience Q&A portion, when former Engadget editor Joshua Topolsky pressed Léo for detail about what the future might hold for webOS.
"I happen to believe that webOS is a uniquely outstanding operating system. So there's no reason to believe that the only hardware that can run it is HP's," Leo said. "By the way, they don't have to be 'hardware makers' in the classical IT sense. There are many people who make all kinds of control devices, why wouldn't they want to use webOS for that? Appliance makers can use webOS to create connectivity between their appliances and the Web."
"There are all kinds of other people who want to make whatever device or piece of hardware they make connected to the Internet," he continued. "And therefore, we'd like to make webOS available to these people, as we are going to make webOS available to enterprises, or indeed to SMB's who want to create whatever kind of environment within their own firewall."
"So from that perspective, yes, webOS will be more than just running inside or on top of a particular piece of hardware that HP will make."
Watch the full exchange in the video below:
UPDATE 6/2/11: More video from an earlier part of the interview:
Today, Monday, March 14, HP CEO Léo Apotheker and the HP senior leadership team is meeting in San Francisco with investors, analysts, and media to discuss the company's strategy to help businesses and consumers thrive in a connected world.
Leo's 39 minute keynote speech, including his slide presentation and some still photography, is below.
CEO Leo Apotheker keynote presentation (PDF)
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This Monday, March 14, HP CEO Léo Apotheker and the HP senior leadership team will meet with investors, analysts, and media in San Francisco.
Monday’s event will be webcast live for the public. We’ll also be reporting live here on Data Central and on Twitter. Be sure to check back during the event for photos, video, presentations, and more.
March 14 event video webcast – beginning live at approximately 1:00pm PT
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This morning, CFO Cathie Lesjak and Board member Bob Ryan introduced incoming CEO Léo Apotheker to HP with a global webcast for employees, broadcast live from HP’s Palo Alto headquarters. Léo later met with senior technologists, including Chief Strategy and Technology Officer Shane Robinson, HP Labs Director Prith Banerjee, and four HP Senior Fellows.
(By the way, if you’re wondering how to pronounce Léo’s last name, it’s “Ah-poh-take-er”. You can also hear Léo introduce himself by listening to this audio file [.WAV])
Before Léo addressed the audience, both employees in the room and Bob Ryan took a moment to thank Cathie Lesjak for leading HP during her interim tenure. Lesjak will return to being HP’s CFO on November 1, when Apotheker officially joins HP.
A variety of topics were discussed, including the selection process, HP’s strategy, and the tech business at large.
Léo shared his thoughts, saying that the global technology business is being reshaped and that because of HP’s diverse portfolio, technological leadership and talented people, no other company is as well-positioned to define the future of the industry. He then called on everyone at HP to think about how the company can achieve that goal, and said that he will visit employees during a worldwide listening tour to learn about their thoughts.
In the afternoon, Léo met HP’s senior Labs leadership over lunch at the company café to discuss organic innovation at HP. In addition to Robison and Banerjee, the attendees included nanotechnology pioneer Stan Williams, sustainability expert Chandrakant Patel, exascale computing innovator Norm Jouppi, and social software scientist Bernardo Huberman.
The introductory meeting was capped off with Stan Williams showing Léo two new sensors that are part of HP’s CeNSE (Central Nervous System for the Earth) project. The sensors use a groundbreaking accelerometer developed by HP Labs (one that is 1,000 times more sensitive than the kind used in typical smartphones) to detect seismic activity in harsh environments.
(above: Stan Williams and Prith Banerjee with the CeNSE sensor)
For more quotes and insight from Léo and the Board, read on for coverage of this morning’s investor webcast.