HP chief executive Whitman appointed chair of the board

The company's president and chief executive now has another feather in her corporate hat, as the chair of the computer giant's board.

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HP's president and chief executive Meg Whitman has been appointed chair of the board, the computing giant announced Thursday.

In a brief statement, the company said Whitman, who has been at the company since September 2011, will bring the number to a round one-dozen members. 

Pat Russo, former Alcatel-Lucent chief executive, now serves as the company's lead independent director.

Whitman replaces Ralph Whitworth, who replaced Ray Lane when he stepped down in the aftermath of the downfall of former chief executive Leo Apotheker.

During his tenure, Whitworth hired Whitman to serve as the company's boss upon Apotheker's departure.

HP ($HPQ) closed on the New York Stock Exchange down by 1.1 percent.