Hewlett Packard: Meg Whitman (CEO)
|Why this is a big quit:
One of the highest-profile women in Silicon Valley, Meg Whitman, is stepping down as CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). The former candidate for California governor (not Arnold Schwarzenegger) engineered one the largest breakups in the technology sector splitting Hewlett Packard Co into HEP and HP Inc. as part of a strategy to turn around the large software company. Since the 2015 breakup, HPE saw its shares rise by nearly 50 percent under Whitman’s watch. Whitman’s revamping of HPE included a spin-off of HPE’s enterprise services and software business to British software company MicroFocus International Plc and acquired companies, including Aruba and Nimble Storage.
Why this is not as big as the top 10:
While Whitman’s departure was somewhat unexpected, given that as recently as September she said she is in it for the long haul, HPE is still well positioned to head into the future. Whitman is leaving just as the company is ready for an executive with a tech background that can help HPE refine its innovative edge. Antonio Neri, who has been with the company for over two decades and currently resides as HPE’s president will be taking over for Whitman. A trained computer engineer and has worked in every one of HPE’s businesses, Neri is well-equipped to drive HPE into the future.