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September 21, 2011 1:11 PM

HP's Board Is Said to Be Reconsidering PC Spinoff Proposal

Sept. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Hewlett-Packard Co.'s board, which is discussing replacing Chief Executive Officer Leo Apotheker, also is reconsidering a proposal to spin off the personal- computer business, a person with knowledge of the matter said.

No decision has been made, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. Board members are open to re-examining the plan now because some of them think the separation of the PC unit wasn't studied as thoroughly as other high-profile spinoffs, such as one by Kraft Foods Inc., the person said.

The directors plan to meet to consider whether to oust Apotheker, less than 11 months after he took the job, two people familiar with the situation said earlier today. Under one scenario, the board may appoint Hewlett-Packard director and former EBay Inc. CEO Meg Whitman as his successor, possibly on an interim basis, one of the people said.

During Apotheker's tenure, Hewlett-Packard has cut its sales forecasts three times and his strategy shifts have left shareholders doubting his credibility. The company's stock plunged 47 percent on his watch before today, and 'investor exasperation' with management is at its highest in more than a decade, Toni Sacconaghi, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., said in a research report last week.

Hewlett-Packard rose $2.30, or 10 percent, to $24.77 at 1:09 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading.

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