HP's Dunn the scapegoat

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By  Published  October 6, 2006

Dear Editor,

It is with some distress that I have followed in the press the story of HP and its hunt to track down the person responsible for leaking information from its board meetings to the media.

I feel sorry for former chairman Patricia Dunn who was forced into resigning recently and has received huge amounts of criticism from sections of the media.

I think she has been made a scapegoat of this whole sorry saga.

Companies are right to try and protect their privacy, but they should not lose sight of their values in the process — or break state or federal laws for that matter.

HP will now have its work cut out if it is to restore its reputation as it continues to deal with negative publicity and there is also still the chance that authorities in the US will eventually bring criminal charges against those responsible for obtaining private phone records without permission.

HP?s chief executive Mark Hurd, who seems to be well respected in the industry, would appear to be the best person to undertake this task.

Let us hope so as it seems certain the industry will be watching his movements closely in the months ahead.

Name withheld, Abu Dhabi.

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