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Investors seemed pleased with the higher adjusted earnings that HP plans to report when it releases its fiscal third-quarter results on Aug. 22. HP shares gained 45 cents, or 2 percent, to close Wednesday at $19.41. The stock has lost more than half its value since Hurd’s departure and has fallen by 15 percent so far under Whitman’s leadership.

As part of its turnaround efforts, HP said the head of its Enterprise Services division is leaving “to pursue other interests.” John Visentin will be replaced on an interim basis by Mike Nefkens, currently the head of Enterprise Services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

HP appointed Visentin to head Enterprise Services last August, after leading the Americas division. Before that, he worked at IBM.


AP Technology Writer Michael Liedtke in San Francisco contributed to this story.