The new CEO of computer hardware goliath HP is Jewish, Israeli news website YNet reported gleefully on Friday. Léo Apotheker, a former CEO of software goliath SAP, is the German-born child of Polish Jewish refugees with a degree from Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
But Apotheker arrives at HP in the wake of a series of scandals — scandals that were reignited on Sunday in a scathing column by New York Times business columnist Joe Nocera. Apotheker is replacing former HP CEO Mark Hurd, who was fired by HP for misusing his expense account. In his column, Nocera, a frequent critic of HP’s board of directors, pointed to a scandal at SAP involving intellectual property theft by a division of the company overseen by Apotheker.