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The 100 Most Powerful Women
#36 Ann Livermore
08.30.07, 6:00 PM ET

Executive vice president, Hewlett-Packard
U.S.
Ann Livermore
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An adept and seasoned leader, Livermore is a crucial player in chief exec Mark Hurd's turnaround of HP. She heads HP's most critical business, its Tech Solutions Group, a $34 billion division that sells servers, storage devices, software and services and brings in more than a third of HP's annual sales. Once thought of as a profit-chewing distraction, this group is now seen as a source of future growth. The goal is big: for HP to keep pace with the tech industry, it must add revenue of $6 billion every year. Aggressive cost-cutting has boosted the stock, which is up 39% in the past year. Also, the company just announced plans to launch a host of new printeres and web-based printing services in an effort to nab customers migrating to the web. The plan comes backed by a $300 million advertising campaign. A 24-year veteran at HP, Livermore rose through the ranks in sales, marketing and research and development. She was her North Carolina high school's valedictorian and is a graduate of Stanford University's business school.—Victoria Murphy Barret

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Published sources include the women's official biographies, Factiva, International Who's Who of 2006, Marquis Who's Who, World Almanac of Famous People, Palgrave Who's Who 2006, the Congressional Yellow Book, the Judicial Yellow Book, Europa World Year Book, Hoover's Online, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings, World Economic Forum, the World Book Encyclopedia. Rankings generated by combining various financial figures with other media and biography metrics; global media mentions from Factiva.


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