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Dunn and Fiorina hit out at HP

Tash Shifrin

Former Hewlett-Packard chair Patricia Dunn and former chief executive Carly Fiorina have hit out at the company through the media over the Hewlett-Packard spying scandal.

HP has been shaken by the scandal, following revelations that investigators seeking information about boardroom leaks had gained access to private phone records and other information on directors, staff and journalists without their permission.

Dunn, who is facing charges of fraudulent wire communication, improper use of computer data, identity theft and conspiracy to commit these crimes, used the US current affairs show 60 Minutes to hit back at the HP board.

The former chair, who resigned last month ahead of the charges, claimed that chief executive Mark Hurd’s description of her role in the leak investigations was a “mischaracterisation”.

She accused former HP director Thomas Perkins, who resigned in May over the leak inquiry, of pursuing “a classic disinformation campaign” against her because his friend George Keyworth had been uncovered as the source of the boardroom leaks.

Perkins “wanted me off the board,” she said, adding: “If you have enough money, you can buy and sell somebody's reputation.”

The current affairs programme also featured former chief executive Carly Fiorina, who was sacked from the company last year. She claimed credit for HP’s successes, claiming: “The company was transformed under my leadership.”

Her removal from the company had been handled in a manner that was “heartless” and “disrespectful”, she said. “There were no improprieties,” added the former chief executive, whose memoir of her time at HP is published this week. “I can only conclude it was personal in some way.”

 


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