HP has hired a new ethics and compliance officer as the previous holder of the post faces criminal charges relating to the HP spying scandal.
Along with former HP chairman Patricia Dunn, former ethics and compliance executive Kevin Hunsaker faces four charges for his role in the spying affair.
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Dunn, Hunsaker and others have been charged for their involvement in the investigation that saw HP try to plug media leaks from the boardroom. This included accessing the phone records of directors, employees and journalists without their permission.
HP has now hired Jon Hoak as vice-president and chief ethics and compliance officer, in an attempt to clean up its act.
Hoak, 57, will be responsible for HP’s adherence to its Standards of Business Conduct and will report to the company’s chairman and chief executive officer Mark Hurd, until a general counsel is named.
Prior to joining HP, Hoak served as senior vice-president and general counsel for NCR from 1993 until May 2006, and he previously served for three years as an attorney for AT&T.
Among Hoak’s responsibilities will be working with Bart Schwartz, an outside counsel hired last month to carry out an independent assessment of current investigative practices and develop future best practices.
Schwartz formerly worked as an assistant US attorney under Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York.