HP CEO Meg Whitman: PC unit’s fate to be decided this month

New Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman has vowed to decide whether or not to spin off the company’s personal computer division by the end of October, Businessweek reports.

That’s a huge leap beyond the timetable put forward by former HP CEO Leo Apotheker, who previously said that the company would determine its PC division’s fate by the end of the year.

It shows that even at the beginning of her tenure, Whitman is already a more decisive CEO than Apotheker, who was ousted in September after a series of baffling decisions and slow sales quarters.

“We have to make a final decision about what to do with the PC division,” Whitman said while speaking at a conference about women in leadership yesterday. “It’s a decision I want to make much faster than my predecessor. I want to make it before the end of October.”

Apotheker stunned the technology world in August when he announced that HP would consider spinning off its $41 billion PC division. That same day, the company also killed off its webOS hardware, which included the Pre smartphone and failed TouchPad tablet.