Veghte is the executive vice president of HP’s $3.6 billion Software and Solutions Business. Veghte is a recent hire from Microsoft. He knows the enterprise software business and, while at Microsoft, Veghte saw what happens when a company tries to be all things to all people. However, Veghte probably does not have enough time in the current HP job.
Andreesen sits on the HP board of directors. His big idea was Netscape before Microsoft crushed it and then Opsware, which HP bought. He also co-founded Ning, a floundering social network. Andreesen is a Silicon Valley insider and can talk the 2.0 talk, but he has never run anything the size of HP. Right now, Andreesen is better off as an investor and pontificator rather than a spreadsheet-toting boss.
12Someone from GE
15Spencer F. Katt
The gossip monger is on an extended vacation. Why let amateurs figure out how to fiddle with expense reports when you have the master of creative writing? See Spencer turn a 40-year-old Glenfiddich into an executive briefing. A night at Badda Bing in Vegas becomes a two-day executive retreat. HP doesn’t have to fiddle around when it can have a real Rome burner.
17A Spiritualist to Channel Bill and Dave
18Gen. Stanley McChrystal (ret.)
19IBMs Deep Blue
If the high-tech business is really just chess played on a business board, why not reconstruct the best computer chess player ever built from microprocessors and code?