"It certainly looks like the HP board not only wanted to throw out Carly, but they wanted to pick a successor who was as unlike her as possible," says Gordon Haff, an analyst with Illuminata. Hurd has been "pretty low key, where Carly loved the media limelight. He's been a very long-term NCR employee, where Carly has moved around a fair bit in her career."
HP has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday to formally introduce Hurd as the new HP leader. Haff says the hiring of Hurd would seem to indicate that HP's board wants keep a strong emphasis on being a broad enterprise provider.
Hurd "doesn't seem like the person they would pick if they were going to put greater emphasis on printing and imaging at the expense of enterprise computing," he says.
Patricia Dunn, HP's nonexecutive chairman, said that the HP board unanimously selected Hurd based on his track record in leading a complex organization, as well as his strong executive and personal qualities.