New HP chairman Ray Lane has accused former CEO Mark Hurd of lying to the company board during an investigation, which led to his resignation.
In a letter to the New York Times, Lane, said, "Mr Hurd violated the trust of the board by repeatedly lying to them in the course of an investigation into his conduct."
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Hurd was forced to resign in August after the board accused him of making false expense claims and hiding a relationship with HP event contractor Jodie Fisher. Apotheker has replaced him.
Oracle's Larry Ellison was critical of HP for forcing Hurd out, and less than a month later appointed him as co-president at Oracle to replace Charles Phillips, a move that angered HP.
According to the Financial Times, the clash of personalities overlays strategic shifts, pitting HP against Oracle.
To add to the intrigue, Lane is a former president of Oracle, who left the company 10 years ago after falling out with Ellison.