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3 HP Heavy-Hitters Qualified to be CEO

Stocks in this article: HPQEBAYEMC

PALO ALTO, Calif. ( TheStreet) -- HP's (HPQ) board may be poised to appoint Meg Whitman as its next CEO, according to AllThingsD, although experts say that the tech giant could easily find its next leader internally.

With chatter about HP CEO Leo Apotheker's possible ouster reaching a crescendo, Whitman has emerged as the likeliest candidate to replace him.

There are plenty of viable internal candidates for the HP hot seat

Whitman, who left the CEO post at eBay (EBAY)in January 2008, would certainly be a high-profile hire, although not necessarily a great fit for HP, according to Charles King, president of tech research firm Pund-IT.

"I can't see her performing as anything other than a figurehead," he told TheStreet, noting that she lacks experience running a company of HP's scale and complexity.

The no.1 PC maker sits astride both the consumer and enterprise worlds, and possesses a vast product portfolio stretching from servers and software to services. For this reason, there has been plenty of talk that HP could promote an existing executive to the CEO's role, most notably storage chief Dave Donatelli.

Read on for more details on HP's would-be CEOs:

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