Hewlett-Packard said on Monday that Bob Wayman, the computer maker’s long-serving chief financial officer, is to retire at the end of this month.
Mr Wayman, a 37-year company veteran and one of the most experienced executives in Silicon Valley, will also relinquish his seat on the board in March. He will be replaced by Cathie Lesjak, HP’s treasurer.
In his 22 years as chief financial officer, Mr Wayman, 61, helped lead HP through its transformation from a maker of calculators and computing equipment into one of the biggest IT groups.
He was a key supporter of then chief executive Carly Fiorina’s controversial plan to buy Compaq, the computer maker, for $19bn in 2002.
More recently, he helped oversee $1.9bn in cost cuts that have contributed to HP’s resurgence under Mark Hurd, chief executive.
In an interview with the Financial Times, Mr Wayman said he had first considered retiring three years ago after the Compaq merger.
But he stayed on and served briefly as acting chief executive after the ousting of Ms Fiorina last year.
“When Mark Hurd came up he asked me to stay a little longer,” Mr Wayman said, noting he made the decision to retire last spring.
Mr Wayman said he was looking forward to spending more time with his family. “One of the things I haven’t had during my wonderful career at HP is a lot of flexibility,” he said.
He said he planned to continue serving on boards of directors. “That’s kind of the core of the business portion of my plan.”
Mr Hurd paid tribute to his departing CFO. “Bob Wayman is one of the most distinguished CFOs in America, and he will leave behind an outstanding record as a corporate leader, as a finance executive and as a mentor to countless people with whom he has worked at HP,” he said.
Mr Wayman said his exit was not related to HP’s boardroom spying scandal, which led to the departures of several top officials this year. His decision to leave the board was “based on the guideline that only one inside director be on the board” at a given time.
Ms Lesjak, a 20-year HP veteran, has been treasurer since 2003.
Mr Wayman is the second HP veteran to announce his departure in recent days. On Friday, HP said Richard Lampman, head of its HP Labs research wing, would step down next year after 35 years at the company.
HP shares were up 1 per cent at midday on Monday.
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