Saturday, November 25, 2017

HPE CEO Meg Whitman gets a place on Dropbox’s board

Admission follows on from HPE’s work with Dropbox to help the storage company build its data centre infrastructure and consolidate its assets.

CEO of HPE (NYSE: HPE), former CEO of HP and eBay, and candidate for Governor of California. Meg Whitman already carries a heavy CV around Palo Alto, CA, but the executive is now adding one more position to her repertoire.

The “true business titan” is to join storage company Dropbox’s board of directors as the company looks for new ways to expand its business.

Dropbox’s announcement comes just weeks after Whitman was rumoured to become Uber’s new CEO, a place that ended up going to the former Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.

Whitman’s appointment to Dropbox’s board also follows on from the executive’s resignation from the HP Inc. board back in July.

Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox, a partner of HPE, said in a company blog: “I am delighted to welcome Meg Whitman to our Board of Directors. Meg is a true business titan and has been a trusted friend and advisor to me for years. Her experience and judgment will be invaluable to Dropbox as we continue to grow and scale.

“Meg really has seen and done it all. Her business career spans more than three decades and diverse industries from tech (eBay and HPE) to beloved consumer brands (Disney, Hasbro, Proctor & Gamble).

“During her tenure as eBay’s CEO, she grew a fledgling startup with 30 employees and $4 million in revenue to a tech giant with 15,000 employees and $8 billion in revenue. Most recently, Meg spent the past six years at the helm of Hewlett Packard, leading its turnaround and historic separation into two companies. She continues to serve as CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise.”

Houston continued to talk about the work Dropbox had carried under Whitman’s advisory last year which saw the company deploy its own data centre infrastructure.

He said: “Last year, we had the chance to work together when Dropbox partnered with HPE to build our own cloud infrastructure. And since HPE is a Dropbox customer, Meg knows our products well.

“We are fortunate to have such a world-class leader on our side, and I have no doubt that Meg will help Dropbox reach new heights.