News of Joe Tucci quitting EMC at the end of 2012 is abuzz tonight. Here’s one from The Register.
He is one of the longest serving CEO in the storage industry and since he took over the helm in 2001, he has brought EMC to where it is today. Like him or loathe him, you cannot deny that he is one of the best out there. Having gone thru at least 3 economic downturns, he has turned EMC into an industry giant, a juggernaut.
The next question is who will succeed him? There are many candidates from long-serving senior staff to the new ones that EMC has recruited in the recent years. It will only be end of 2012 when Joe finally leaves EMC but the search for his successor will be an interesting one. We shall soon know.
It is past midnight and I can’t sleep. I haven’t been sleeping well lately, so I thought I catch up with some US news. And lo and behold, another big one showed up on Google News.
HP has fired Leo Apotheker and appointed Meg Whitman, the former boss of EBay, to become the new CEO and President of HP. Leo Apotheker was on the job for about 10 months (Damn!). Such actions shake investors confidence and not good for the image of the company. If Leo Apotheker wasn’t the right guy, why take him in the first place?
Leo is responsible for HP’s purchase of Autonomous just a month ago and now, the HP vision and direction have to be realigned again.
Here’s one of the news from Reuters.
Wait! There’s more confidence shattering news. Excerpt from one of the online news:
HP has laid off hundreds of employees in its ill-fated foray
into the mobile ecosystem. HP is trying to spin off its PC unit
and, at the same time, find a home for its fast deteriorating
mobile assets, having spent billions of dollars trying to break
into phones and tablets ($1 billion+ to buy Palm, investments
in the business and write off of inventory) and then yanking
the cord approximately 60 days into the adventure.
It is not hard to write not so good news about HP. They keep making such discouraging news on their own.