CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprises Meg Whitman is now a member on Dropbox’s Board of Directors. The results of what seems to be a very aggressive job campaign. It was rumored (though she denied as much several times) that she was gunning to be the new head of the troubled ride-sharing company, Uber. The position instead went to former Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.
In July, Whitman stepped down from the board of Hewlett Packard Inc., the personal computer and printing sibling of HPE. Whitman has served as CEO and president of HPE since 2011, overseeing the split of HPE and Hewlett Packard Inc, the company’s legacy PC division. Prior to HPE she was president and CEO of eBay Inc.
CEO of Dropbox Drew Houston wrote in a blog post last year in that he and Whitman’s relationship had deepened when the online file storage company worked with Hewlett Packard Enterprises to build Dropbox’s own infrastructure for its data center. The data center build-out happened around the same time as Dropbox’s decision last year to move the bulk of its infrastructure off Amazon Web Services so that it can have increased control over Dropbox’s own internal technology, as well as theoretically save money on those hefty cloud computing bills.
“When I first met Meg [Whitman] in 2011, she immediately made an impression with her fly fishing analogies and her knack for cutting to the heart of what’s important. I knew right away she was someone I wanted to learn from,” Houston explained. “Meg [Whitman] is a true business titan and has been a trusted friend and advisor to me for years. Her experience and judgment will be invaluable to Dropbox as we continue to grow and scale.”
Whitman is also a board member of Procter & Gamble Co. and Teach for America. Other members of Dropbox’s board include former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Paul Jacobs, executive chairman and former CEO of Qualcomm. Dropbox’s most recent valuation prices the company at $10 billion after raising $600 million in its most recent funding round.