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Tech Insider: Hobnobbing at Homeland Security

Who does the manager of the biggest government merger in half a century call when he needs advice? The manager of one the biggest corporate mergers in U.S. history, of course. Carly Fiorina, the chief of hardware giant Hewlett-Packard, has been keeping company of late with Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, according to several HP executives. Among the topics of discussion is what the government can learn from HP’s melding of 150,000 employees and dozens of business units after its $19 billion merger with computer maker Compaq last year. Fiorina has first-hand experience with one of the biggest issues Ridge is grappling with now: how to bring tens of thousands of people under one roof without bringing down the house. She is sharing her experiences with the newest Cabinet secretary on a regular basis, and has become HP’s “greatest ambassador” to Homeland Security, says William Mutell, the company’s vice president of corporate strategy. Full Story

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