Netscape Founder Andreessen Tipped To Become Interim HP CEO

Following the departure of former CEO Mark Hurd, Hewlett-Packard (HP), industry analysts are suggesting that Netscape founder and HP board member Marc Andreessen may be the best man to lead the company.

Hurd was forced into resigning last week after an internal investigation found that he had submitted falsified expense claims to cover up an alleged affair with marketing consultant and former actress Jodie Fisher.

The entire scandal is said to cost HP $10 billion as share prices in the IT giant slumped.

Om Malik believes that Marc Andreessen should be appointed as interim CEO of the company until a suitable replacement is found, instead of temporarily handing control to CFO Cathie Lesjak.

Writing in his blog, Malik wrote: “Andreessen as an interim CEO is not such a preposterous idea –- his investments in hot companies such as Zynga, Foursquare, Skype and Facebook gives them a whole lot of cachet both in Silicon Valley and on the Wall Street.”