While the fact that he went in response to expenses disscrepancies and a seedy, failed sexual daliance might make us smile and enjoy his humiliation, to the majority of HP staff it doesn't really matter why Hurd was pushed out. The fact that he has gone is good enough.
Yesterday we were told that the payout he received was to ease a rapid separation. That does stick in the throat for a workforce that has earned less year on year since Hurd arrived while Executive compensation went up by over 200%.
Hurd was a one trick pony. The workforce hated him, even the sycophants that did well under him could see that. This may well be just an excuse to get rid of him. But that doesn't matter. What does matter is that they need to force a proper separation of the President, CEO & Chairman's roles and get some sense of governance of the CEO back into HP.
A bit of innovation by investment rather than acquisition and some proper investment in OnShore resource wouldn't hurt either. That rules Livermore out for a start.
Steve Mills may be a sensible way to go. At least he'll understand that boxes and ink are pretty much generic so the customer goes for the cheapest with support. Hurd, in his arrogance, spent a fortune on EDS and then stripped it of morale, talent and ability. Mills, as a software man, might just have the nouse to do something to fix that blindingly idiotic error.