Mark Hurd previously spent 25 years at NCR Corporation, culminating in his two-year term as Chief Executive Officer and President. According to an HP press release, his leadership was marked by successful efforts to improve operating efficiency, bolster the position of NCR‘s product line and build a strong leadership team. In fiscal 2004, NCR generated revenue of US-$ 6.0 billion, up seven percent from the previous year, and the net income rose nearly fivefold to US-$ 290 million.
Hurd was named President of NCR in 2001 and was given additional responsibilities as Chief Operating Officer in 2002. Prior to that, he spent three years as head of the company‘s Teradata data-warehousing division. Earlier, he held a variety of general management, operations, sales and marketing roles. Hurd began his career at NCR as a field salesman in 1980. He is a member of the Computer Systems Policy Project, a coalition of chairmen and chief executive officers of IT companies, which develops and advocates public policy positions on technology and trade issues. He holds a bachelor‘s degree in business administration from Baylor University.