Meg Whitman steps down as HP chair to be replaced by Levi Strauss boss Chip Bergh

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Meg Whitman today left her job at HP (Source: Getty)

Meg Whitman has quit the board of US tech giant HP, leaving her role as chair with immediate effect.

Levi Strauss chief executive Chip Bergh has been appointed in her place, it was announced this evening.

Whitman, who previously worked as chief executive of Ebay, has been cited as a possible candidate to replace Travis Kalanick at ride-sharing firm Uber. She will remain chief executive of Hewlett Packard Enterprises.

In 2014 Hewlett-Packard announced it was splitting into two separate entities: a hardware company, Hewlett Packard Enterprises, and technology firm HP. The separation was completed in 2015.

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HP president and chief executive Dion Weisler said Whitman had been "instrumental in the formation of HP".

"HP has now been a standalone company for almost two years and I'm proud to have helped get the company off to a great start," said Whitman.

The HP board is among the most diverse in our industry, and the company has established a proven track record of successfully delivering on its commitments. I'm very confident in Dion's continued vision and leadership as well as Chip's ability to help guide the organisation.

Bergh has served as lead independent director on the HP board since March. He said: "I have deep respect for Meg, Dion and the entire HP board and leadership team and am honoured by this important role as HP accelerates its innovation agenda."

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