Compaq, HP Join Others to Start New Company

SAN FRANCISCO (05/01/2000) - The chief executive officers of Hewlett-Packard Co. and Compaq Computer Corp. will join senior brass from 10 other high-tech companies at a press conference in New York this afternoon to announce the formation of a new independent company.

Compaq CEO Michael Capellas and HP CEO Carly Fiorina will host the press conference, which is due to kick off at 4 p.m. EDT at New York's W hotel on Lexington Avenue, according to a statement issued by the companies this morning.

No details were available this morning about the new company or the other high-tech firms involved.

Press and analysts can listen to the press conference by calling +1-816-650-0722, or 800-377-4287 from inside the U.S. The password for the call-in is "hightech," and callers should dial in 10 minutes before the press conference is due to begin.

A Webcast of the event is due to be available for 30 days starting at 6:30 p.m.

EDT today at

Hewlett-Packard Co., based in Palo Alto, California, can be reached at +1-650-857-1501 or at Compaq, in Houston, Texas, can be reached at +1-281-370-0670 or via the Internet at

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