Meg Whitman quits HPE after six years in charge

James Pearce
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HPE president Antonio Neri will replace Meg Whitman as CEO of the company in February

Meg Whitman is to step-down as CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise six turbulent years after joining HP, which later split into two divisions. Whitman will retire in February to be replaced by HPE president Antonio Neri, the company announced.

During her time with the IT firm, she helped to oversee one of the biggest corporate breakups in history, as Hewlett Packard split into HPE, which focusses on servers, storage, networking, consulting and support, and Financial Services; and PC and printer business HP Inc in 2015.

“Today, Hewlett Packard moves forward as four industry-leading companies that are each well positioned to win in their respective markets,” said Meg Whitman, CEO of HPE. 

“Now is the right time for Antonio and a new generation of leaders to take the reins of HPE. I have tremendous confidence that they will continue to build a great company that will thrive well into the future.”

Whitman previously served as president and chief executive officer of eBay, overseeing its growth from a $4 million company into an $8 billion revenue business. She joined HP as CEO in 2011.

Nero has spent more than 20 years at HP/HPE, originally joining as a customer service engineer in the company’s EMEA call centre in 1995. After a number of roles, he led the company’s Technology Services business from 2011, and then its server and networking arm, before taking control of its enterprise group in 2015.

“The world of technology is changing fast, and we’ve architected HPE to take advantage of where we see the markets heading,” said Neri. “HPE is in a tremendous position to win, and we remain focused on executing our strategy, driving our innovation agenda, and delivering the next wave of shareholder value.”