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Compaq shakeup rocks industry

The largest maker of personal computers stuns the high-tech world with a top-level housecleaning that will have ramifications throughout the industry.

 

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The largest maker of personal computers stuns the high-tech world with a top-level housecleaning that will have ramifications throughout the industry.

"We have been too slow...We want to try and get ahead of the curve."

- Benjamin Rosen, Compaq chairman

 


CEO resigns in stunning move
update Eckhard Pfeiffer is unexpectedly ousted as CEO of the largest PC maker in a move with wide industry impact. Compaq's chief financial officer is also leaving.

Compaq overhaul overdue, analysts say
news analysis Analysts say the firm was due for an overhaul because of baffling corporate behavior and too many earnings surprises.

Pfeiffer an emblem of tough industry
profile Eckhard Pfeiffer helped turn Compaq into the largest PC maker but still lost his job--underscoring that there's no security in computing today.

The man who really holds Compaq's reins
profile Don't tell Compaq chairman Ben Rosen that board members are complacent: He's been instrumental in replacing two CEOs at the computer giant.

Compaq CEO: Others should worry
The head of Compaq says the slack demand and price-cutting that led to his company's earnings shortfall could hurt rival computer makers. (April 13, 1999)

PC price wars hurt Compaq
Compaq blames its surprising first-quarter financial shortfall on troubles with business PCs, reflecting pricing problems endemic to the industry. (April 12, 1999)