Dunn to Step Down as HP Chairman

By Scott Ferguson  |  Posted 09-12-2006

Hewlett-Packard board Chairman Patricia Dunn, who has been at the center of scandal surrounding an internal company investigation into media leaks, will step down from her position in January 2007, HP said on Sept. 12.

Mark Hurd, CEO and president, will assume the chairmanship during the Jan. 17, 2007, board of directors meeting. Dunn will stay on as a board director, HP said in its statement.

In addition to Dunn's stepping down as chairman, longtime board member George Keyworth II, who has been identified as the source of media leaks that led to an aggressive internal investigation that resulted in the current scandal, announced on Sept. 12 that he will resign immediately.

Dunn has been at the center of a scandal that started when the tactics the Palo Alto, Calif., computer maker used during an internal HP investigation became public. The company had sought to find the source of leaks detailing board of directors meetings and other company activities to reporters, who later used the information in news stories.

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