Ann Livermore, president of Hewlett-Packard's enterprise computing division has a 50 per cent chance of becoming chief executive, a company executive said today.
Nick Earle, Hewlett-Packard's chief marketing officer told VNU Newswire today: "Ann is definitely one of the candidates for the job," he said.
"I think she has a 50 per cent chance of getting the job," he said. "If she gets it, she will be one of the powerful women in business."
According to reports, there are two other outside candidates for the successor to outgoing chief executive Lew Platt.
Livermore who has worked for HP for around 17 years is the only internal candidate for the job. Ray Lane, president and chief operating officer at Oracle has been rumoured as one of the two external candidates.
Industry watchers have said that as an internal candidate and with her extensive experience, Livermore has a greater chance of success.
In March, Platt said he would leave HP after the company's transformation into two separate businesses was complete.
He said he would manage the restructuring process and then head a committee of senior HP executives to search for a new chief executive.
According to some sources, the decision will be made in less than three weeks.
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