CEO Mark Hurd has taken over as the new chairman of
Hewlett-Packard, immediately after the sacking of Patricia
Dunn, the previous board chairperson, thereby ending chaos
and confusion at Silicon Valley''s largest company and
the world''s second-largest personal- computer maker.
to reporters at HP''s Palo Alto headquarters, Hurd said
he is in charge and is serious about repairing the damage
from the company''s spy scandal.
admitted that HP messed up in tolerating investigators
who used deceit to obtain phone records and tendered an
apology to the journalists. "On behalf of HP, I extend
my sincere apologies to those journalists who were investigated
and everyone who was impacted,'''' he said.
report was "addressed to me and others, but I did
not read it," Hurd said. "I could have, and
I should have," he said.
the ouster of Dunn, HP, is now negotiating the departure
of its top lawyer and an investigator, Kevin Hunsaker,
who probed into media leaks.
initiated the board investigation and, therefore, was
the person most accountable for recognising that investigators
had exceeded ethical if not legal boundaries, HP''s board
said. ``To move forward, we believe it is in the company''s
best interest that she (Dunn) now step aside given the
distraction her presence on our board continues to create,''''
the board said.
53, hired outside contractors to spy on directors, employees
and reporters. The spying included using false identities
to gain phone records. Investigators also searched one
person''s trash and planted ``tracers'''' on a reporter''s
e-mail to see who they were in contact with and followed
said the company had hired a former federal prosecutor,
Bart M. Schwartz, to look into HP''s current procedures
for investigations and to make recommendations for additional
will ensure we have the appropriate level of rigor and
discipline, so we can be assured that this type of situation
can never occur again,'''' Hurd said.