HP Board Member Dick Hackborn Issues Letter to Shareowners, HP Employees.Business Editors
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Dear Fellow Shareowner share·own·er
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I've have spent a lot of time thinking about when Hewlett-Packard introduced the laser printer in 1984. Even though it was an instant success, there was some internal criticism that "this is not an HP way of doing business." Concerns were expressed that we were not making a contribution, because we were totally dependent on an outside company to manufacture the printer. Others were worried about the business model, because it was one they had never seen before.
Through it all, Bill and Dave would listen patiently, smile, nod, and then encourage us to proceed full-steam ahead. They absolutely loved the business. They didn't have to say it, but we knew it to be true: that if they had stopped every single time somebody told them they wouldn't succeed, they never would have made it out of the garage.
I think about that experience every time people ask me why I'm such an enthusiastic supporter of the merger between Hewlett-Packard and Compaq. It's in the best spirit of the imagination, daring, and determination that made this company such a treasure in the first place. I think it represents an historic opportunity for Hewlett-Packard to return to a place that we've been so many times before -- leading an industry transformation, gaining crucial market share, and improving the value of our investment in HP. That's why I'm writing to urge you to support this deal.
The one thing I've learned in my 40-year association with HP is that nobody is ever happy for very long working in an organization that's not a market success. While we are strong in some areas of our business today, we are not strong enough across our entire business to make the investments necessary to position us as a market leader for the future. I've spent the past three years studying every possible option. I've come to the conclusion that merging with Compaq is the best way for us to reclaim a leadership role at the center of our industry, while strengthening our company across the board.
On March 19th, you have an important choice. You can vote for the merger with Compaq, and preserve the legacy so many of us worked so hard to build. Or you can vote against a thorough and deliberative de·lib·er·a·tive
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2. Characterized by or for use in deliberation or debate. process, and send us back to the drawing board. Either way, you can be sure of one thing: our competitors are not going to wait around for us to decide.
I'm immensely proud of all the people who worked to build this exceptional company. I am asking you to support this merger -- not just for them, but for the next generation of employees who should have their own opportunity to build sustainable shareowner value.