HP could name a successor to former chief executive Mark Hurd as early as next week, with the main potential candidates all coming from within the company.
A Bloomberg report citing a "person familiar with the matter", said that the shortlist includes Vyomesh Joshi, who runs HP's printer business; Todd Bradley, head of the personal computer division; Dave Donatelli, head of the storage and server unit; Tom Hogan, executive vice president of enterprise sales and marketing; and Ann Livermore, executive vice president of the enterprise business.
The firm's directors met this week to discuss potential successors to Hurd, and will want to find a replacement as soon as possible. HP's shares have dipped by 15 per cent since Hurd announced his resignation on 6 August.
Hurd was forced to resign after allegations of sexual harassment by a contractor and former actress Jodie Fisher. An investigation found that Hurd had apparently fiddled expenses over a two-year period involving outings with Fisher.
Current interim chief executive Cathie Lesjak has stated previously that she does not want to be considered for the job.
HP has hired recruitment company Spencer Stuart to handle the search for a replacement to Hurd, and is also taking recommendations from other firms, according to Bloomberg.
HP is also locked in a legal tussle over Hurd's possible appointment as a co-chairman at Oracle.
The company has asked a California state court to place an injunction barring Hurd from holding positions which could enable him to share HP trade secrets. HP is also seeking compensatory damages and attorney fees.
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