Meg Whitman is staying put at HPE
CEO allays rumours she may be leaving for Uber
Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman has publicly committed to remaining at the helm of the company.
The move follows recent reports she might leave for Uber.
HPE partners cheered the decision adding that it is Whitman's leadership that has been the driving force behind a massive turnaround that has taken the onetime Silicon Valley behemoth from a debt-ridden company with long-in-the-tooth products and a demoralised partner network to a smaller and more nimble enterprise-focused company with a reignited innovation engine and charged-up channel.
A partner close to the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity said Whitman's decision to stay the course is a big boost to HPE and its partners.
"I remember when Meg came to the company and how much contention and channel conflict there was," said the partner. "From her first days at the company she came out very strongly in favour of the channel. That changed the internal mindset of the company and she has stuck with it. HPE's current credibility with the channel is a result of Meg."
An HPE CEO change with all of the transitions going on in the industry and at HPE would be "disruptive" to the company and its partners, pundits say.
Whitman's decision to stick with the vendor provides stability for HPE and the channel, partners said.
The strong response from partners came after Whitman took to Twitter in a rare post to snuff out reports earlier last week that she was on the "short list" to become the next CEO of embattled ride-sharing company Uber.