BUSINESSWEEK ONLINE : JULY 26, 1999 ISSUE
COVER STORY

They Say No Thanks


A handful of executives have taken themselves out of the running since Compaq began its search for a CEO to replace Eckhard Pfeiffer, who was fired Apr.17. The company says it hopes to have a new chief executive within 30 days. The latest speculation: It's looking at execs in the communications industry.


RAYMOND LANE
President
Oracle Corp.

The software exec says he shouldn't run a PC company. On Rosen: ''Ben let Eckhard Pfeiffer go off and he wasn't paying attention to the business.''


GREGORY BRENNEMAN
President
Continental Airlines

Brenneman won't comment, but sources say he was concerned that Rosen would meddle and wouldn't let him run the business with a free hand.


EDWARD ZANDER
President
Sun Microsystems

He's happy running operations at the booming computer company. ''None of these PC makers ever make money,'' he says of Compaq and its brethren.


DAVID HOUSE
President
Nortel Networks

The former Intel exec is leaving Nortel in August, but sources say he's unlikely to take the Compaq job. He thinks Compaq's troubles run too deep.



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