Sunday, September 10, 2006

Pretexting issue with HP CEO Dunn continues

Patricia Dunn, the CEO of HP now involved in the pretexting issue, majored in journalism and economics at UC Berkeley. She later got a job as a part-time secretary at Wells Fargo Investment Advisors, which later became Barclays Global Investors, now the biggest U.S. money manager. She eventually became CEO of Barclays Global Investors.

One wonders what Berkeley teaches about the use of falsifying identities to obtain phone records of people, such as HP directors and members of the media.

CBS News states that the investigation went beyond board members and reporters:

Investigators hired by HP obtained the personal phone records of Thomas Shankland, the father of Stephen Shankland, a reporter at CNET Network Inc.'s Web site who was one of nine journalists ensnared in the HP investigation. It was unclear why the probe targeted Thomas Shankland, a semiretired physicist living in New Mexico.

One wonders if such hardball tactics as pretexting are included in the hardball view of business discussed in the Harvard Business Review? You remember, the one that said "plagiarize with pride"?

**Update on Oct. 4, 2006**

From Bloomberg:

California Attorney General Bill Lockyer has been investigating boardroom leaks at San Jose-based Hewlett-Packard, the world's second-largest personal computer maker. Dunn, 53, authorized the internal investigation, which involved using fake identities to obtain private phone records, a tactic called pretexting. The clerk didn't specify the charges.

Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Officer Mark Hurd wasn't named by the clerk. Kevin Hunsaker, the company's former director of ethics and the executive who ran the probe, outside investigator Ronald DeLia of Security Outsourcing Solutions Inc., and two other private detectives hired on the company's behalf were named by the clerk.

When one's former "director of ethics" is criminally charged by the state attorney general, one has a problem.


Blogger Lawrence B. Ebert said...

As of Sept. 12, it appears that Dunn is gonzo as CEO:

Hewlett-Packard Co. said Tuesday (Sept. 12) that Patricia Dunn will step down as chairwoman of the computer and printer maker in January amid a widening scandal involving a possibly illegal probe into media leaks. She will be succeeded by CEO Mark Hurd.

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Blogger Lawrence B. Ebert said...

AP reports on Sept. 13:

The threat of indictments loomed over Hewlett-Packard Co. even as its chairwoman, Patricia Dunn, and another board member said they were stepping down amid a scandal over the company's efforts to root out media leaks. California's attorney general warned for the first time Tuesday [Sept. 12] that company insiders are likely to face criminal charges.

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