HP CEO, Former Chairman to Testify at Congressional Hearing

By Scott Ferguson  |  Posted 09-28-2006

Former Hewlett-Packard Chairman Patricia Dunn is expected to testify in great detail before a congressional commission Sept. 28 about her role in the spy scandal that has enveloped the company.

CEO Mark Hurd, who became chairman after Dunn resigned earlier this month, is also expected to testify, claiming there was "no excuse" for how the spying into reporters and fellow board members was allowed to continue.

Their testimony comes on the same day that the company announced that Ann Baskins, the general counsel at HP, has resigned from working for the Palo Alto, Calif., computer maker.

Baskins is also expected to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee that is investigating how HP came to use a method known as pretexting to obtain the personal information of several board members suspected of leaking information to the press and the reporters who received information about internal HP discussions.

In prepared remarks, Dunn is expected to testify that the problems with board leaks started almost as she assumed the chairmanship on Feb. 7, 2005, around the same time that Carly Fiorina resigned as CEO.

"It is now well reported that the HP Board, particularly as it was constituted in the first year or so of my chairmanship, was beset by considerable conflict among directors," according to Dunn's prepared testimony.

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