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HP Adds Burger, Cable TV Experts & Ray Ozzie to Its Board

HP says it continues to look for other new directors as well as a permanent non-executive chairman

In the throes of its lengthy turnaround, HP has enlarged its famous board from nine to 12 members, adding Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's one-time replacement for Bill Gates, as well as former McDonald's CEO James Skinner, now the chairman of the Walgreens drugstore chain, and former Liberty Media CEO Robert "Dob" Bennett, now a principal of Hilltop Investments LLC, a family investment company.

HP says it continues to look for other new directors as well as a permanent non-executive chairman to replace the defrocked Ray Lane.

Bennett will become a member of the board's finance and investment committee and its audit committee; Skinner will join the audit, HR and compensation, and nominating and governance committees; and Ozzie, the Lotus Notes creator who left Microsoft in 2010 after a five-year stint as chief architect, will join the technology committee and the finance and investment committee.

Once heavily aligned with Microsoft, HP has recently adopted a multi-OS strategy including Android amid falling demand for its PCs, printers and servers.

Ozzie recently started Talko, née Cocomo, a secretive firm focused on a new generation of mobile communications applications and services. In December Talko, which is reportedly building a consumer-facing app that's running on Amazon according to GigaOm, got a $4 million investment.

Lane as well as two long-time HP directors, John Hammergren and G. Kennedy Thompson, fell to a stockholder vote of non-confidence connected with HP's ill-fated purchase of Autonomy in March. Lane ultimately lost his chairman's title but remains a director.

Activist investor Ralph Whitworth replaced Lane as interim chairman.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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