Ousted HP boss gets $13.2m, replacement gets a buck

Ousted Hewlett-Packard chief executive Leo Apotheker is leaving with compensation worth at least US$13.2 million (NZ$17.1m) while his successor, Meg Whitman, will receive an annual salary of $1.

Whitman, however, will receive stock options and will be eligible for an annual performance bonus worth at least $2.4 million, HP said in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Apotheker, who was removed by the HP board after less than 11 months as CEO, is receiving a severance payment worth $7.2 million, shares worth $3.56 million and a performance bonus worth $2.4 million, HP said.

Other terms include airfare for Apotheker, who is German, and his wife to France or Belgium and up to $300,000 in compensation for any loss he incurs on the sale of his home in California, where HP has its headquarters.

In addition to her $1 base salary and possible performance bonus, Whitman, a former chief executive of online auction company eBay, has the option to purchase 1.9 million shares in HP.

Whitman was named to head HP, the world's top computer maker, last week.

Apotheker, a veteran of German business software giant SAP, took over HP in November and had been refocusing the company on software and cloud services - offering applications and data storage over the internet.

But HP shares have fallen more than 40 per cent since Apotheker replaced Mark Hurd, who resigned last year following a sexual harassment accusation.

HP shares plunged 20 per cent on a single day last month after Apotheker announced a dramatic strategic shakeup at the world's top personal computer maker that included spinning off its PC business.

- AFP

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