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. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/jamesjrogers. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.