Dunn steps down in HP’s leakage storm

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By  Published  September 15, 2006

HP chairman Patricia Dunn will step down in January 2007 as a consequence of her involvement in an information leakage saga. She will be replaced by current CEO and president Mark Hurd, who will retain his present responsibilities.

“I am taking action to ensure that inappropriate investigative techniques will not be employed again. They have no place in HP,” Hurd said in a statement.

Dunn had been involved in an investigation that used dubious, and possibly illegal, means to obtain insight into which members of HP’s board leaked company information to the media.

The probe, which was carried out by an external firm, was deemed suspect for having used the technique of ‘pretexting’ to gather its data. Pretexting is the collection of information about a person under false pretences. The decision for Dunn to resign was reached after a series of board level meetings over Sunday and Monday.

In a statement, Dunn said she regretted the use of “inappropriate techniques” in the investigation.

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