By Jessica Shambora
March 3, 2009

“I live by a code that I got taught very early in my career, that it’s the company first, the employees second, and you’re last. If that code gets inverted, it’s not a good thing.”

— Hewlett-Packard

CEO Mark Hurd, who appears on the cover of the new issue of Fortune, released today. Adam Lashinsky’s story on Hurd is part of our “World’s Most Admired Companies” package. HP came in at No. 30, behindĀ  IBM

at No. 17, and Apple

, ranked No. 1.

In the four years since he took the reins from Carly Fiorina, who once topped our 50 Most Powerful Women List, Hurd has turned HP into the world’s biggest technology company, with 2008 revenues of $118 billion. –Jessica Shambora

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