Meg Whitman joins HP board of directors

HP announced Thursday that former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman and four others will join its board of directors, six months after chief executive Mark Hurd left the firm amid allegations of sexual harassment.

"Meg Whitman is a true visionary and thought leader who brings to the HP board unique experience in developing transformative business models, building global brands and driving sustained growth and expansion,” said chairman of the board Raymond Lane.

The announcement comes soon after reports HP will investigate the circumstances that led to Hurd's departure; he now works as co-president of Oracle. Hurd left HP six months ago, completing a tenure generally regarded as highly successful for the world's largest PC manufacturer.

Joining Whitman, who lost the California gubernatorial election in November to Democrat Jerry Brown, on the board will be Shumeet Banerji, chief executive officer of Booz & Co.; Gary Reiner, former chief information officer of General Electric Co. and a current special adviser to private equity firm General Atlantic; Patricia Russo, former chief executive officer of Alcatel-Lucent; and Dominique Senequier, chief executive officer of AXA Private Equity.

All five will stand for reelection at HP's annual stockholders meeting in March.