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In 2014, the old-guard Silicon Valley giant Hewlett-Packard split into two companies, HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Since then, both have found strong footing in corporate governance: Both HPE and HP made this list. (HP is No. 9.)

That fact signals a remarkable turnaround. A little over a decade ago, Hewlett-Packard’s board endured multiple controversies involving proxy fights, unusual CEO transitions, and a scandal over surveillance of colleagues and journalists that led to the departure of four directors in 2011.

With those issues far in the past, HPE’s board earned the No. 2 spot on this list thanks to strengths in board expertise, gender equality, and board independence, among other criteria. The company specializes in enterprise information tech; it has recently seen particularly robust growth from its Intelligent Edge division, a data analytics and business intelligence platform.

HPE’s board is chaired by Patricia Russo, former CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, the communications company. Russo is also a director at Merck, General Motors, and the private equity firm KKR.

HPE’s directors’ careers reflect a wide range of expertise. Daniel Ammann is a former president of General Motors, as well as its former CFO, and until recently was CEO of GM Cruise LLC, a subsidiary of GM that focuses on autonomous vehicles. Pamela Carter is a former executive at Cummins, a machinery design and manufacturing company, where she was a business unit leader and general counsel; she chairs HPE’s HR and compensation committee. 

George R. Kurtz started his career at PwC and later founded a tech company that was acquired by McAfee. Mary Agnes Wilderotter chairs the audit committee and is the former CEO of Frontier Communications.

In the non-CEO realm, Raymond Ozzie is a former chief software architect at Microsoft and a fellow of the Computer History Museum; Gary M. Reiner is the former chief information officer at General Electric; and Raymond Lane is the former COO of Oracle and partner emeritus at the famed venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins.

Company information

Country
U.S.
Headquarters
Houston
CEO
Antonio F. Neri
No. of employees60,400
Sector
Information Technology
Sub-sector
Technology Hardware and Equipment
Web addresshttp://www.hpe.com