HP's $58,000-a-Day Interim CEO

By Peter Burrows

Talk about a good 52 days work. According to an Apr. 5 government filing, Hewlett-Packard's (HPQ) board has agreed to pay Chief Financial Officer Robert Wayman a $3 million cash bonus for serving as interim CEO from Feb. 8, when it ousted Carly Fiorina, to Apr. 1, when former NCR (NCR) Chief Executive Mark Hurd was hired.

Certainly, Wayman provided a steady hand during a potentially stormy period. "Bob did a great job of making sure that customers stayed comfortable with HP, and that employees remained focused on the task at hand rather than be distracted by the fact that there was a CEO search," says HP s

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