News of Carly Fiorina, one of corporate America's highest-ranking female executives, leaving her job as CEO of Hewlett-Packard made headlines for many reasons.
HP's press release positioned her departure as a resignation, but most reporters - as well as Fiorina herself in a statement - suggested she was fired. Her battles with Walter Hewlett, HP director and son of an HP cofounder, were highly publicized in 2002. In recent months, the media had criticized her ambitious diversification strategy.
Most frequent messages
1. Robert Wayman named interim CEO; the board will seek a permanent replacement
2. HP's stock price surged on news of Fiorina's departure
3. Fiorina cited differences with the board over executing strategy
4. Fiorina was "forced out" by the board
5. Fiorina was the first woman to hold all three top posts at a major computer company
Based on analysis of 25 major-market newspaper articles appearing on February 9, 2005
Evaluation and analysis by Delahaye, a division of Bacon's Information