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Hurd But No Longer Seen

I'm not sure what to think of former HP CEO Mark Hurd. During the scandal of 2006 where HP spied on reporters and even its own board members, Chairwoman Barbara Dunn took the fall. Hurd sidestepped the whole situation and came up unscathed. My view was that, as CEO, he either knew or probably should have known what the board was up to -- especially after it hired a team of nine outside investigators to look into the matter.

But those that follow HP have praised Hurd's leadership and results. Now they must be a bit bummed that the man they admired resigned in the wake of a rather nasty scandal.

Apparently, Hurd steered company money towards an acquaintance's way -- which was looked at as inappropriate in the eyes of HP.

Was Hurd a good or bad thing for HP? You tell me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on August 09, 2010 at 11:53 AM

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Mon, Aug 9, 2010 Josh Maryland


I believe you are referring to the 2006 HP Spying Scandal which resulted in then non-executive chairwoman Patricia C. Dunn resigning.

Mon, Aug 9, 2010 HP employee US

Shareholders and Wall Street may have loved him his penny-pinching and cost cutting ways created a work environment where employee moral was at a all time low. The quality of HP products and services is also at a all time low which is a direct result of reducing an experienced US-based workforce and hiring low cost overseas workers. All this was being done while he and his buddy system were being paid salries and bonuses that are mind boggling. And even after he convinced the Board of Dir that he deserved to be compensated all that money he still thought he was exempt from the same policies related to the code of conduct and cost cutting measures that he imposed on everyone else in the company.

Mon, Aug 9, 2010

It seems like Hurd was a good thing for HP as the company inproved during his tenure. HP and many top power people seem to have trouble with morals. When they get caught they get golen parachutes. What's wrong with this picture?

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