In 1980, Mark started his business career as a junior salesman at the National Cash Register Corporation (NCR) in San Antonio, known for making ATMs and cash registers. After eight years he moved to Dayton, Ohio for a temporary assignment. He rose through the ranks of the company quickly, earning a reputation for executing on tough decisions. In 2001, Mark became NCR’s president, and was subsequently promoted to the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2003.
His work at NCR attracted attention from Silicon Valley, and when Hewlett-Packard went looking for a new CEO in 2005, Mark became the chief executive of one of the Valley’s oldest technology companies.
“I interviewed a lot of people in that search. Mark just blew everybody else out of the water.”
– Tom Perkins, former HP executive
Under Hurd’s tenure, Hewlett-Packard met Wall Street expectations in 21 out of 22 quarters and increased profits for 22 straight quarters, while its revenue rose 63% and stock price doubled.
In 2007, Hurd was named one of Fortune Magazine’s 25 Most Powerful People in Business. In 2008, The San Francisco Chronicle recognized Hurd as CEO of the Year and in 2009, Hurd was listed as one of Forbes’ Top Gun CEOs.