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3 HP Heavy-Hitters Qualified to be CEO

Todd Bradley

Head of HP's $40 billion Personal Systems Group (PSG), Bradley is one of the key players within the PC giant. A six-year veteran of the company, Bradley oversaw the acquisition of Palm, and was key in pushing the company's PC business to market leader status, ahead of rivals like Dell (Dell).

Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu thinks that, of HP's internal candidates, Donatelli and Bradley would be the strongest. One of the key prerequisites for the HP CEO, he says, in a note released on Friday, is good supply chain management experience, something which Bradley possesses in spades.

Pund-IT's King, however, is less convinced. "Appointing Bradley would be counter intuitive -- the move to sell/spin-off PSG has likely been in the works for months and, while a reversal is possible, entrusting the whole company to the guy who runs its lowest profit margin business seems like a step backwards," he told TheStreet. "Plus, since Bradley has already stated his willingness to lead a spun-off PSG, keeping a known quantity in that role would be critical if that strategy continues. "

-- Written by James Rogers in New York.

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