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Former HP CEO Lew Platt Dies

Lew Platt, the former CEO of HP who worked his way to the top spot during a 33-year career at the computer maker, died Thursday of a brain aneurysm. He was 64.

Lew Platt
Lew Platt
Source: Boeing

Platt was HP's CEO for seven years until his retirement in 1999. More recently he was lead director and former chairman of the board of aerospace giant Boeing.

Rising from an entry-level engineer in the company's medical products group, Platt succeeded HP co-founder David Packard in 1993 as chairman of the venerable Silicon Valley company.

In 1995 Platt served on President Clinton's Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations and served as chairman of the World Trade Organization Task Force. He was also a member of The Business Council.

"Lew cared deeply for HP and its people, and his loss is being felt widely across our company," said Mark Hurd, HP's president and CEO, in a statement. Hurd joined HP in March from NCR.

"He was a natural leader who was enormously well liked and made an enduring impression on those he encountered. The way he treated people and how he ran the company set an exceptionally high standard of personal decency."

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney issued a statement following the news of Platt's death.

"On Thursday night, we lost one of our best friends and one of Boeing's most important leaders.

"Lew shepherded Boeing with strength, grace, dignity and integrity through a period when the company most needed his steady hand," McNerney continued. "He was a compassionate man who put his own retirement and personal plans on the back burner to ensure that Boeing never missed a beat through its recent recovery."