He’s now working as a real estate appraiser, but with the housing market in the tank, he said he mostly travels with his wife and works on fixing up their house.
Angles said he moved on a long time ago, but if he’s angry about anything, it’s “all the people who put their lives into the company, the culture, the H-P way, that quite frankly never recovered from that.” He said long-time employees were sometimes told by a stranger to come into a conference room, told they were fired, and escorted straight to the door.
Former CEO Mark Hurd, who more or less followed Fiorina at H-P and recently left with a $12 million plus severance package after a sex scandal, also laid off thousands of workers. He’s now at Oracle. Lots more messiness around that.
“Mark continued on same strategy that Carly started,” Angles said. “I would say Mark did what he does well and that is he cuts and slashes.”
Fiorina said the job she did at H-P is her proudest accomplishment, and mounted a defense in her autobiography, Tough Choices. Her job there is undergoing a reassessment in light of H-P’s performance since, but still rouses intense passions.