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New York (AFP) — U.S. computer giant Hewlett-Packard said Tuesday its non-executive chairman Ralph Whitworth was stepping down for health reasons, effective Wednesday.

A statement said the HP board of directors will discuss appointing a new chairman at its next board meeting.

Whitworth, who was appointed chairman on an interim basis in April 2013, has been a member of the HP board of directors since 2011.

Chief executive Meg Whitman said Whitworth “has been a wonderful contributor to our efforts to turn HP around.”

HP is undergoing a massive reorganization to cope with the move away from traditional personal computers to mobile devices.

The California company said in May it was cutting an additional 11,000 to 16,000 jobs on top of 34,000 reductions planned under a program begun in 2012.

AFP Photo / Justin Sullivan

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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