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Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Adds Former Microsoft Executive to Board

Six of HPE's 13 directors are new.


Hewlett-Packard Enterprise said today it has appointed a new member to its board of directors.

Maggie Wilderotter is the executive chairman of Frontier Communications, a phone and Internet provider. She had been its CEO from 2006 to 2015. Before Frontier, she was a senior VP of worldwide public sector at Microsoft. She also sits on the boards of DreamWorks Animation, Juno Therapeutics and Costco.

Via Frontier Communications

Wilderotter is the first new member — there are now 13 — to join HPE’s board since Hewlwtt-Packard formally split into two companies late last year. At the time, the company got high marks from activist Jesse Jackson for paying close attention to the diversity of the two boards the companies created. She is the fifth woman named to the board.

Of the 13 directors, six, including Wilderotter, are new to HPE and to its predecessor Hewlett-Packard, while seven are left from the board of the old HP. Over the last 15 years or so, the old HP board had earned a dubious reputation for considerable corporate drama including a spying scandal, a bruising proxy fight over a major acquisition and boardroom firings of no fewer than three CEOs between 2005 and 2011.

Critics occasionally described the HP board as dysfunctional and called for it to start over with fresh eyes. Over time, that is essentially what has happened. Now they’re new companies, with mostly new boards and no drama. At least not yet.

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