Dunn to exit as HP chairman

12 09 2006

Hewlett Packard’s board of directors named CEO and president Mark Hurd as chairman, succeeding Patricia Dunn, who caused a firestorm at the company by investigating leaks to the media.

Dunn will continue to serve as chairman through the company’s Jan. 18, 2007 scheduled meeting. In a statment, Hurd said, “I am taking action to ensure that inappropriate HP Inventinvestigative techniques will not be employed again. They have no place in HP.”

Hurd will continue to hold his positions of president and CEO. HP’s board disclosed the change at the helm on Tuesday morning, following a meeting on Monday. The board has been embroiled in a controversy stemming from Dunn’s decision earlier this year to investigate the source of unauthorized discussions with members of the media.

In a statement, Dunn said she was proud of her accomplishments at HP but regretted the use of “inappropriate techniques” in the investigation.

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