Whitman steps down from HP board

Two years after the split between HPE and HP Meg Whitman has decided the time is right to step down from being chairman at HP

HPE CEO Meg Whitman has put more blue water between the business she runs and the HP business that emerged from the split a couple of years ago.

Whitman has stepped down as chairman of HP's board to be replaced by Chip Bergh, CEO of Levi Strauss & Co, who has been lead independent director at the vendor since March.

Her decision to step back from HP and comes amid reports that she is being lined up as a potential CEO of taxi firm Uber.

"Meg was instrumental in the formation of HP and in helping us to navigate early life as a separate company, bringing essential experience and continuity of leadership to our entire team,” said Dion Weisler, HP President and Chief Executive Officer.

“I will be forever grateful to Meg for her many contributions. She is a terrific friend and advisor and will remain so as we continue executing on our strategy of reinvention. I very much look forward to working closely with Chip as our new Chairman as we shepherd HP into the future," he added.

The response from HPE's CEO Whitman commented on the timing, with it having been two year since the firm's split, and the solid start that the HP business had had since 2015.

“The HP board is among the most diverse in our industry, and the company has established a proven track record of successfully delivering on its commitments. I’m very confident in Dion’s continued vision and leadership," she said.

According to US reports ,Whitman has been identified as one of the shortlisted possibilities to take over at Uber, which had its founder Travis Kalanick ousted last month.

Given her experience masterminding a turnaround at HP that culminated in the business splitting and her spell as CEO of eBay she probably has the experience that Uber is looking for.

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