HP confirms Whitman to replace Apotheker as CEO

(Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co announced on Thursday that former eBay Inc Chief Executive Meg Whitman will replace Leo Apotheker as CEO, effective immediately.

The largest U.S. technology company said in a statement it will also appoint a lead independent director "promptly." Ray Lane becomes executive chairman of the board, moving from non-executive chairman previously.

(Editing by Richard Chang)