meg whitman

Richard Waters

There will be business school case studies written about the different ways that HP has paid its recent CEOs (and plenty more on why it has had so many, but that’s a different story.)

It seems finally to have got the formula right. With Meg Whitman’ s pay deal, HP’s board has taken a stand against the general meritless escalation in CEO pay in America – and not just because of the $1 a year base salary it will give her. 

With all the tablets and smart phones that fight for our attention, more traditional tech companies have been pushed to the background. Yet IBM and HP each managed to grab the attention of the tech world this week when IBM appointed Ginni Rometty as chief executive and HP announced it would keep its PC division.