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  •  Off target. (3+ / 0-)

    I think I give her a pass on this one (but not the hair comment). A CEO's job is to look after the best interest of the Company and it's shareholders. Sometimes that means making hard decisions like staff reductions. If you're not prepared to make that decision you shouldn't be a CEO of a public corporation.

    •  Problem: she ran both companies into the ground (7+ / 0-)

      Which is the major reason she was fired.  

      Wiretapping her own employees didn't help, either.

      •  HP/Compaq (0+ / 0-)

        She ran both companies into the ground

        I think this is arguable, at the very least.  Yes, HP's stock price declined during her tenure, but that has to be viewed in the context of the fact she helmed the company during a recession -- and a recession that hit the tech sector doubly hard.  It seems to me that  consolidation in the PC industry was inevitable and that the merger made HP better able to compete with Dell.

        Tom Perkins, an HP board member who opposed Fiorina, has been reported as re-thinking his views as well.

    •  It's her candidly cavalier attitude about (1+ / 0-)
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      it that is particularly galling, not so much that she did it or felt she had to.

      "Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul." Twain

      by Gentle Giant on Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 09:35:05 AM PDT

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    •  but if the stock value dropped by over 1/2 (1+ / 0-)
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      then maybe she wasn't looking out for the best interests of her stockholders, nor the company.

      republicians believe government can't work, when they're in power, they're right

      by askyron on Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 02:22:28 PM PDT

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    •  Didn't she get Forced out (fired)? (0+ / 0-)

      When she left the stocks went up 10.+ %. A proxy fight led by one of the Hewlett family heirs broke out after the shareholders did not make what she promised.  She left with 21 million dollars as severance...shall we say they paid her to leave?

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