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.

Marc Andreessen
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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Erica Ogg is a CNET News reporter who covers Apple, HP, Dell, and other PC makers, as well as the consumer electronics industry. She's also one of the hosts of CNET News' Daily Podcast. In her non-work life, she's a history geek, a loyal Dodgers fan, and a mac-and-cheese connoisseur.

 

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