NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co said
Chief Executive Mark Hurd has decided to resign following a
sexual harassment investigation.
RICK MUNARRIZ, SENIOR ANALYST, THE MOTLEY FOOL
"This is a mind blowing event, obviously orchestrated for a
Friday afternoon, end of the market type of thing. The market
has a full weekend to digest it and hopefully forget it, which
obviously they won't.
"Mark Hurd was obviously very important to Hewlett-Packard.
If you look at Hewlett-Packard pre-Hurd and post-Hurd, they are
just completely, entirely different animals. I think this is a
big blow for Hewlett-Packard.
"Outside of Steve Jobs at Apple, it's hard to imagine a CEO
that is more important to his company than Mark Hurd to
Hewlett-Packard. He did a massive turnaround job.
"As far as financially speaking, it's still a solid
company. This may not impact the company in a noticeable way
but it forces the company to choose a new leader at a time when
the current leader was obviously doing just fine. That is where
Munarriz expects the company to fill the position
JEFFREY FIDACARO, ANALYST, SUSQUEHANNA FINANCIAL GROUP
"Mark Hurd was extremely instrumental in turning this
company around. There's going to be serious gap in leadership
at the top of this company."
He expects the resignation to overshadow the results
announcement. "The focus is clearly going to be on Mark Hurd's
NEHAL CHOKSHI, ANALYST, TECHNOLOGY INSIGHTS
RESEARCH-SOUTHRIDGE RESEARCH GROUP
"It's a negative because the positive leadership that HP
has had under Hurd is identified with his name."
"It's a short-term negative, they do have a strong
management team behind him including Cathie Lesjak. The stock
will react negatively but they did put up some pretty good
results. But I think this will prove to be a non-issue within
one to two quarters of results.
"Obviously with such a big company, $125 billion in
revenue, one person alone can't make it run crisply."
AARON RAKERS, ANALYST, STIFEL NICOLAUS
"The company's obviously got a deep bench," he said, naming
former EMC executive David Donatelli as one example.
"There's obviously going to be some weakness in the stock
because of the perception issue."
(Reporting by Sinead Carew and Alex Dobuzinskis, compiled by