If HP's board fires Léo Apotheker as rumored, one of the following candidates may turn out to be the new CEO
Oracle chairman Larry Ellison is a legend in Silicon Valley, one of the surviving leaders from the early days.
Pros: He's really good at getting customers to pay -- and keep paying -- for high-margin products. Most of his business experience is on the software and software services side of tech, which is where HP seems to want to go. He runs a very financially disciplined company. He's probably getting bored sailing all day and could use a new plaything. He has Mark Hurd, HP's previous CEO on board already, so there'd be a very short "getting up to speed" phase.
Cons: He's unproven in the hardware business, even with the small amount of hardware acquired when he bought Sun Microsystems. He's also unproven in the consumer business, where HP still makes much money through the sales of PCs, printers, and ink. He claims to be anticloud, and HP has hoped to make itself a major provider of hardware infrastructure and software for the cloud. He's offended many at HP over the years. Finally, Ellison would not leave Oracle for HP but instead buy it, and that would leave the HP board without a job.