Lessons From Hewlett-Packard V. Mark Hurd

Law360, New York (October 18, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT) -- Hewlett-Packard Co.’s August 2010 ouster of its chairman and CEO, Mark Hurd, was the talk of both boardrooms and dinner tables. The salacious facts surrounding Hurd’s sudden departure from HP (claims of sexual harassment and falsified expense reimbursements) and the high-profile nature of Hurd’s employment (Hurd turned a flagging HP into the world’s largest technology company) created the perfect media storm.

The scandal polarized many who followed it. Some people thought HP did the right thing by firing Hurd because, in doing so, HP bravely reaffirmed...
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