Andreessen joins HP board

The founder of Netscape, Ning, and the Andreessen Horowitz VC firm was appointed to Hewlett-Packard's board of directors, effective immediately.

Two years after selling his software company to Hewlett-Packard, Marc Andreessen has joined the PC giant's board of directors.

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Marc Andreessen Ina Fried/CNET

HP announced the appointment, effective immediately, on Thursday. In a statement, HP's chairman and CEO Mark Hurd described Andreessen as "a software pioneer whose leadership has helped shape the Internet...Marc's entrepreneurial background and industry expertise will be a welcome addition to the HP board of directors."

Andreessen and HP's relationship goes back several years, culminating with HP's purchase of Opsware for $1.6 billion in 2007. Since then, Andreessen, best known as the co-founder of Netscape, has helmed social network creation service Ning, and a new venture capital firm Andreessen-Horowitz. He also sits on the boards of eBay and Facebook.

The addition of Andreessen will bring the board up to 11 members.

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