Splitting Hewlett-Packard was the right call and Hewlett Packard Enterprise's latest quarterly results justify that, HPE's CEO, Meg Whitman, said Friday.
"I went from running six businesses to focusing on three businesses. It means I spend the same amount of time with customers, it's just all talking about Hewlett Packard Enterprise, so customers feel like they get more attention," she told CNBC's "Squawk on the Street."
"I think the strength of the quarter … does really lie on the premise of the split, which is two different businesses with more focus from senior leaders, more focus on our customers. I think it's at least the first proof point that this was the right thing to do."
On Thursday, Hewlett Packard Enterprise reported quarterly earnings and revenue that topped analysts' expectations.
The technology company posted adjusted fiscal first-quarter earnings of 41 cents per share on $12.72 billion in revenue. Analysts had expected HPE to report earnings of about 40 cents a share on $12.68 billion in revenue, according to a consensus estimate from Thomson Reuters.
Thursday's report marked the first time Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced financial results separately from HP — the other half of the company formerly known as Hewlett-Packard. Hewlett Packard Enterprise sells commercial computer systems, software and tech services, while HP sells personal computers and printers.
Shares in HPE were up nearly 15 percent midmorning Friday.