PALO ALTO, Calif. ( TheStreet) -- With rumors of a CEO change swirling around HP (HPQ - Get Report), questions are being asked about whether the company's board should go ahead and oust Leo Apotheker after less than a year on the job.
Meg Whitman, who left eBay (EBAY) in 2008, could be a candidate to replace Apotheker, according to Bloomberg, in a move that would herald yet more upheaval at the PC and server giant.
|HP CEO Leo Apotheker|
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Judging by the stock's surge on Wednesday, a rise of 6.7% to $23.98, investors see the potential change as a big-time positive. HP was the only component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average to finish in the green as the blue-chip index lost nearly 300 points.In an attempt to give the matter its due consideration, TheStreet is listing the pros and cons of ending Apotheker's turbulent reign in Palo Alto. Points For A new CEO could draw a line under a period of turmoil at HP, easing investor concerns about the company's future, according to Brian White, an analyst at Ticonderoga Securities. "We believe a new CEO could begin to build credibility for HP and join the company after quite a bit of damage has already been done," he explained, in a note released on Wednesday. "Keep in mind, stock is already down