Leadership is what turns a group of great people with great energy and ideas into a team. Some say it's a gift, and some say it's a skill, but I think it's both, and hands down Meg Whitman is among the most gifted and skilled business leaders in the world today. Her enthusiasm and energy is contagious and she has brought us all together as a team to tackle one of the greatest business challenges in the history of industry. I have dealt with a lot of CEOs in my career. That's what I do in my "day job," but I can say I have not had the opportunity or privilege to work with one as gifted and skilled as Meg Whitman. Her track record is the proof, and she is building on it here at HP, where working out of her cubical in Palo Alto she has assembled a world-class leadership team. It's clear to me that they are committed to hard work, unyielding business ethics, knowing the details and shaping the strategy. That said, their ability to inspire the HP team to rally behind a shared vision has, more than anything else, made me a believer.
So, on behalf of the board, let me thank our team members for all of their work to date and say that we are 100 percent committed to supporting Meg and their efforts to turn around HP and restore it to its rightful place at the pinnacle of global business.