Harvey Norman has been selling notebooks, desktops and other technology products since the 1990s. To Chief Executive Katie Page, the endless beige or black boxes seemed to be designed by men for men. Page, one of the few female corporate leaders in Australia, appreciated the engineering but not the sameness of design. She told one supplier: “This is fantastic, but you’re not showing me something for my female customer.” That supplier — HP Inc. — listened. The result was Spectre, which InStyle magazine called “the most beautiful laptop we’ve ever seen.” Besides being the thinnest notebook on the market, it features a durable aluminum-and-carbon fiber case, sleek lines and rose-gold accents.
The Garage recently spoke with Page about her strong relationship with HP and the importance of give and take in partnerships.