Case | HBS Case Collection | October 2010 (Revised July 2012)

Hewlett-Packard Company: CEO Succession in 2010

by Jay W. Lorsch, Krishna G. Palepu and Melissa Barton


Mark Hurd resigned as the CEO of Hewlett Packard in 2010 after the board discovered that he had misfiled expense reports and paid an H.P. contractor for unsubstantiated work. After Hurd left H.P., he joined Oracle, an H.P. competitor. Soon thereafter, the H.P. board appointed a new CEO following an eight-week search.

Keywords: Ethics; Governing and Advisory Boards; Leadership Development; Management Succession; Competitive Strategy; Technology Industry;


Lorsch, Jay W., Krishna G. Palepu, and Melissa Barton. "Hewlett-Packard Company: CEO Succession in 2010." Harvard Business School Case 411-056, October 2010. (Revised July 2012.)