HPE CEO, Meg Whitman visited LinkedIn studios in NY to talk with Executive Editor Dan Roth about the split of Hewlett Packard and how she moved from business to politics and back to business.
Watch part I of the interview here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/meg-whitman-turning-hps-painful-split-sales-tactic-daniel-roth
"I think elective politics is definitely out of my system. We'll see, you know, going to politics down the road, something like that, but I definitely don't think you'll see me run for an office again.
"I am quite involved with this current presidential campaign. I'm actually one of Chris Christie's national finance coach here, so I'm raising money for Chris. Known him for many years, have admired what he has done in New Jersey where he was able to work across the aisle. He was a republican governor in a very blue state with a democratically controlled legislature, he got a lot of things done, and I think that's what we need: someone who can get things done in Washington. I'm a big supporter of his and helping him raise money.
"I think you have to be careful, quite honestly, because I think there are certain issues that companies do need to take a stand on and then there are issues that are local issues or state issues or- and remember, we're a global company. We operate in 120 countries, so can you imagine taking a stand on every issue in every country that we operate in? It would be just not be possible.
"I think you have to be very thoughtful. When something matter, you can take a stand and then you have to be very clear. Are you speaking on behalf of, in my case, Hewlett Packard Enterprise or am I speaking as Meg Whitman, the individual? And unfortunately, when you're the CEO of the company, those things kind of blur. You can't say, "Well, I'm in favor of this as an individual, but my company is not endorsing it." I think it's issue by issue. CEOs have to decide what's right for their company and then what's right for sort of the moral compass that they want to set for the company or any statement that they want to make, but you have to be very careful because you have multiple constituencies. You have shareholders. You have employees. You have customers. You have partners. You have to think through this, I think, quite carefully."