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What GE can learn from Hewlett Packard about breakups

On Tuesday, General Electric Inc. (GE) said it would spin off its health-care business and unload its ownership in Baker Hughes, an oil services company, as part of a restructuring that will greatly change the corporate monolith that was recently booted from the Dow Jones Industrial Average(^DJI) . The changes are the result of a year-long review of the struggling company by Chief Executive John Flannery, who should give a call to Meg Whitman, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard, once one of the largest tech companies, to see how these types of moves can play out. It was involved in nearly every part of the tech business: PCs, printers, servers, supercomputers, software, storage, networking, services and other businesses.