Before she took office as HP CEO, as a board member Meg Whitman supported spinning off the company's PC division, yesterday, she pushed HP in the exact opposite direction. In mid-August, HP announced the discontinuation of WebOS phones, the TouchPad tablet, and maybe its PC division. At the time, Whitman had not yet taken the HP throne, but as a board member she signed off on the decision to explore a spin-off. After taking office, Whitman began to waffle, still holding her position but saying that she wanted to conduct her own analysis, reports The Wall Street Journal's Ben Worthen. Yesterday, she changed her mind completely.
Whitman holds that she never really flip-flopped because there's a difference between being a board member open to considering a new strategy and a CEO who has to make a final call. "As a board member, I supported the idea of exploring strategic options," Whitman told AllThingsD's Arik Hesseldahl. "This was an idea that had been floated for quite some time. We didn’t wake up this summer and decide to do it, so it wasn’t a new idea. We were looking at this from a real position of strength," she continued. Then, as CEO she did just that. "H-P objectively evaluated the strategic, financial and operational impact of spinning off" said Whitman, explains Worthen.