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You've undoubtedly been keeping up with the saga that's resulted from the forced resignation of HP's CEO Mark Hurd by the company's board, so you know that the world's largest tech company by revenue is actively seeking to fill the top seat.  To that end, the company has hired executive search firm Spencer Stuart to lead its efforts in considering both internal and external candidates (Jon Rubinstein, anyone?) for the top job, joining the already established search committee that claims board members Marc Andreessen, Laurence Babbio Jr and Joel Hyatt as members.  

Analysts venture that possible candidates include former PalmOne CEO and current HP Personal Systems Chief Todd Bradly (a name that should be familiar  to PreCentral readers), IBM's Steve Mills and Motorola's Greg Brown.  Those same analysts predict that a new chief may already be on board by the time HP holds an analyst meeting in September, which could make this search uncharacteristically short.

The above my have (understandably) caused your eyes to glaze over, but there is relevance to those interested in all things Palm:  whoever steps into the role of CEO has a tremendous amount of  influence in the strategic direction of the company, and it would behoove of them to hire someone who understands the importance of the smartphone market.

Source: HP