After serving a tenure of six years, Meg Whitman the Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise has quit the company. She will be succeeded by the company president Antonio Neri who will take over from February 1 next year.
Under Whitman, the company was restructured as HP Enterprise unit and HP Inc. During her stint in the company, in June this year, HPE Next was launched. It was a radical overhaul of the business with thousands of staff laid off, and various processes, investments, and overheads streamlined to maintain profitability.
Whitman had taken charge as the CEO of the company in 2011. Prior to this, she was the CEO of eBay. She is also an investor in cab aggregator Uber. After Uber fell in a pool of controversies earlier this year and eventually led to resignation of its CEO, there were rumors that Whitman would take over as the CEO. Whitman has not cleared where and what her next stint would be.
Neri the Successor
Whitman has been repeating for long that the next CEO would be from within the company only. Neri joined HP as a customer service engineer, and has been a part of the company for the past 22 years. He was named the president of HPE in June this year. In his current role, Neri was responsible for the development and delivery of enterprise technology solutions and services that make hybrid IT simple and power the Intelligent Edge.
He has led various breakthrough innovations in the company such as HPE Apollo, the industry leading high performance compute platform; HPE Superdome X, the world’s most scalable and modular in-memory computing platform; HPE Synergy, the world’s first composable infrastructure platform; HPE Cloudline, HPE’s server portfolio designed for service providers who need fast deployment, flexible operation, and low total cost of ownership; and, HPE Moonshot, the first software-defined compute platform. He was also responsible for HPE’s acquisitions and integrations of Aruba Networks, SGI, SimpliVity, Niara, Rasa Networks, Nimble Storage, Cloud Cruiser and Cloud Technology Partners.