At HP, Time to Move On

HP threw itself into the spin cycle Tuesday morning, issuing a series of announcements related to the news that Patricia Dunn will give up her post as board chair at the end of the year.

In the first release, Dunn defended the need to investigate leaks, then shifted the blame elsewhere (while still saying sorry): “Unfortunately, the investigation, which was conducted with third parties, included certain inappropriate techniques. These went beyond what we understood them to be, and I apologize that they were employed.”

Next up was George Keyworth II, the director whose leaks Dunn tried to plumb and who today agreed to resign: “The invasion of my privacy and that of others was ill-conceived and inconsistent with HP’s values,” he said. “The comments I made to the CNET reporter were, I believed, in the best interest of the company and also did not involve the disclosure of confidential or damaging information.”

For its part, HP said the board “does not believe that Dr. Keyworth’s contact with CNET in January 2006 was vetted through appropriate channels, but also recognizes that his discussion with the CNET reporter was undertaken in an attempt to further HP’s interests.”

And Thomas Perkins, who got the whole ball rolling, made nice: “I applaud Jay Keyworth for his courage in stepping down today and thank Patricia Dunn for her grace in letting HP move on. This too shall pass.”


— Kellie Schmitt


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