HP’s former CEO Leo Apotheker has defended his role in the fateful acquisition of Autonomy, saying the decision wasn’t solely down to him.
In a statement sent to Bloomberg, Apotheker seemed to respond to points made by HP’s current CEO Meg Whitman, who commented that “the CEO at the time and the head of strategy who led this deal are both gone – Leo Apotheker and Shane Robinson.”
Apotheker’s statement pointed the fingr right back at HP’s board: “No single CEO is ever able to make a decision on a major acquisition in isolation, particularly at a company as large as HP, and certainly not without the full support of the chairman of the board.
“The HP board, led by its chairman, met many times to review the acquisition and unanimously supported the deal, as well as the underlying strategic objective to bolster HP’s market presence in enterprise data.”
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