HEWLETT PACKARD MULLS NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Shares in US tech firm Hewlett Packard jumped 7.5 per cent last night, as Wall Street gave its approval to news that its board had met to consider ousting chief executive Leo Apotheker (pictured). After less than a year in the role, Apotheker could be replaced by former eBay boss Meg Whitman, a source familiar with the matter said. HP last month bought British tech firm Autonomy for more than $10bn.