HP's misguided witchhunt

HP's misguided witchhunt

Summary: Enough said: Mike Masnick at TechDirt captures the essential drift of HP's witchhunt in his post today, "The New HP Way: Using Identity Theft To Spy On Board Members Shows High Personal Integrity."So, if it's the "highest personal integrity" that HP strives for, can we compare the two candidates here?

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Enough said: Mike Masnick at TechDirt captures the essential drift of HP's witchhunt in his post today, "The New HP Way: Using Identity Theft To Spy On Board Members Shows High Personal Integrity."

So, if it's the "highest personal integrity" that HP strives for, can we compare the two candidates here? On one side we have [George] Keyworth, who's offense was to leak to CNET News.com this sentence about a gathering by the HP board: "By the time the lectures were done at 10 p.m., we were pooped and went to bed." Keyworth did also discuss some extremely general strategies the company was taking (HP might buy some companies) -- but nothing particularly revealing. On the other side, we've got [Patricia] Dunn, who hired a private investigator to pretend to be each board member in order to illegally obtain their private phone records (home and mobile phones) to figure out who had called the News.com reporter. Whether that's "pretexting," identity theft or just garden variety fraud, it certainly seems a lot more questionable on the "personal integrity" scale than chatting with a reporter. Even if leaking the info was wrong, it's hard to see how anyone (especially Dunn) can defend the pushing out of Keyworth on "integrity" issues after his actions were discovered using such methods.

Topic: Hewlett-Packard

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  • I Had a more negative view

    Since it doesn't directly relate to my ZDNet beat of open source, I posted it elsewhere.

    http://www.danablankenhorn.com/2006/09/the_new_tycos_a.html
    DanaBlankenhorn
    • At least they did it on the sly

      unlike Apple suing to get the name of a leaker (they already knew who it was anyway). A private investigator costs the public NOTHING. I wonder how much of my tax dollars went into the Apple witch hunt . . .
      Roger Ramjet
    • Confusing final paragraph.

      Quoting:
      Oh, they will make happy talk about "maximizing shareholder value," but what they will really be doing is stripping the great company's bones until there is nothing left of it but a Chapter 11 husk. I'll be surprised if it takes three years. And if voters are wise over the next several years, Patricia Dunn will end her business career, like Kozlowski, behind bars.

      I thought jurors rather than voters decided guilt or innocence. And Mr. Kozlowski was convicted of gaining excessively from Tyco, which is usually the prerogative of executives rather than board members.

      Could you clarify?
      Anton Philidor
  • Oh we want more; Can we have some more please

    Cnet data gathering is the story here. That means the ZDNet Community has access to insider data involving the "leak". Lets get more! please. Lets get it before the book. A sailor is involved. A boat was lauched. Oh and lets speculate that the source of the Amazon "leak" on Vista pricing was from Valentine who just left Microsoft.
    mighetto
  • I sure hope this type of behavior is illegal

    At a minimum it is unethical to say the least and the board chair should be above this sort of behavior. Yea Perkins!
    fromag82
  • witchhunt

    Who knew that there would arise another witch after the Fiorina Fiasco. Certainly demonstrates that women can master all of the crudest, nastiest, and amoral approaches to business that men can. Just that with the new witch only one person lost a job, with Carly, thousands.
    jpm007
  • HP BOD Ills

    First, you must understand that I don't know any of these people nor have I ever read anything about them. This is pure hunch, gut instinct, and more than 6 decades of walking this globe.

    George Keyworth probably has a very large ego and is easily seduced by those who will stroke it. Tom Perkins probably has too much integrity to be on the Board at HP. I wonder if Dunn, on her own or at someone's behest, was trying to remove a man of integrity from the Board. Many, if not most, I've met in boardrooms cannot abide a person of integrity because they have so little of it themselves they appear as midgets amongst giants.
    rabbith
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    Realy very good comment. Thanks
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  • RE: HP's misguided witchhunt

    Good story and comment. Thank you !
    stamatis@...