HP should take hurd look

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By  Published  October 13, 2006

Dear Editor,

Passing the buck seems to be the favoured method adopted by senior HP executives to deal with the long running media leaks saga.

Both Mark Hurd and Patricia Dunn have denied all responsibility for the disgracefully underhand tactics used to uncover the source of the media leaks and have conveniently pointed the finger at the company's general counsel Ann Baskins, who herself has refused to testify.

Who are they going to blame next - the caretaker or the tea lady?

The answer to who is to blame is staring them all in the face. They just need to look in the mirror to find who is to blame for this scandal.

When a person takes on the lofty position of CEO or general counsel to a giant corporate like HP they also take on a seven figure salary.

With those positions comes multiple rewards but it also means that the buck ultimately falls at their feet when the going gets tough.

All three of them bear responsibility for the communication breakdowns and secrecy within their organisation that led to this scandal blowing up.

It is time that they stop passing the buck and start facing the music and their responsibilities.


Fadi Ahmed, network administrator, Doha.

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