in Palo Alto, California, Hewlett-Packard’s common stock is publicly-traded on
the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol HPQ (Hp.com, 2008).
Hewlett-Packard operates in
five segments: Enterprise Storage and
Servers, Services, Software, Personal Systems, Imagining and Printing, and
Financial Services. The company has over
170,000 employees and is led by CEO Mark Hurd whose base pay was $14 million in
2007. The firm’s major competitors
include Dell, IBM, Canon, Texas Instruments, and Apple.