Neoseeker : News : HP CEO steps down due to sexual harassment charges [Update]
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tekmosis Aug 9, 10
This should be Hurd's theme song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oim3ADyRxG8

edit: a thumbs down? someone has no sense of humor.
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Faust Aug 9, 10
Honestly, this is one of the few ways that capitalistic systems fail. The man is being severed in complete disgrace, yet he still receives $50 million dollars in severance? Really? Even with him stealing from the company to fund an illicit relationship he deserves $50 million dollars for the job he did?

Yep, that money was well deserved.
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Ryan Aug 9, 10
With the shake up at HP, do you think the new leadership will just keep doing more of the same or invest in a new direction? The grid posted on this blog provides some interesting comparisons of why companies like HP, Microsoft and Dell should be spending money on new products outside of their core offering.
http://bit.ly/cR4t7k
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ChiroVette Aug 9, 10
Byz, he was having an affair not embezzling money. In addition, how is a sexual relationship between consenting adults harassment?
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Dark Dom Aug 9, 10
In all fairness, it's hardly surprising. HP are the 360 of the computer world when it comes to their hardware failure-rate -- my girlfriend had to take hers in twice now, and has actually given up because the wireless keeps dropping out on her: The past two times it's been sent in, HP have done jack-shit to repair it -- not to mention my other friend who has sent it in numerous times and my friend's dad who had his HP laptop literally explode on his kitchen table. Awful.

On top of that, my girlfriend found her MSN and other programs had their passwords wiped and had been used when it was returned to her. After telling my other friend that, he mentioned that in the 2 weeks that his laptop was in the repair center, he found his Steam account logging into Modern Warfare 2 and playing it -- though they logged off once a message was sent asking "wtf?" Never has there been a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than HP.

Yes, I think of Mos Eisley Cantina when I think of HP >.>

Uh. Point to that rant was that HP are scum and I find it very amusing and ironic that the CEO of such a company that I consider to be scum stepped down due to scummy acts. >.>
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Northern49 Aug 9, 10
^ He was using company money for things not company related. That's called misappropriation of funds, and is illegal.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misappropriation
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Faust Aug 9, 10
quote ChiroVette
Byz, he was having an affair not embezzling money. In addition, how is a sexual relationship between consenting adults harassment?
No, i'm pretty sure the article mentioned him using company funds to finance his little affair.
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ChiroVette Aug 9, 10
Northern, you guys are making a lot of assumptions based on a very innocuously worded phrase. All the article above said was, "...Hurd had been filing false expense reports in order to hide an inappropriate relationship he was having with a contractor." We have abslutely NO IDEA what this means. It could mean he was stealing money, which is what many people are interpreting it as. It could also mean that all he did was doctor his reports to cover up his affair. It is far too vague to jus categorically assume the guy was misappropriating funds, to use your word. There is that possibility, but you want to know what? I actually doubt it. Why? Because when HP canned his ass, you can bet your ass that if they could prove he was embezzling money, the statement would have read, "He was caught red-handed abusing his expense account, and he is believed to have stolen tens of thousands of dollars!"

Now that could also mean that he was stealing but they couldn't prove it so that the statement is intentionally unclear to avoid the ex CEO bringing suit against HP for defamation, but my point is that you cannot jus assume that he was stealing based on that statement alone. Now if you have other sources you are referencing other than this Neoseeker article, then you might be right.
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Northern49 Aug 9, 10
Any use of company money used for unrelated, personal, or otherwise unauthorized purposes is considered theft by the Federal Government and is violation of company policy.

A board of representatives can vote to force a resignation of a CEO if it is necessary, a word that is used in a mannar of respect not just for the person and his reputation, but for the company itself and it's corporate share value. He was fired, and in accordance to his contract has received a 50 million dollar severance package for early or unexpected dismissal.

I don't think I really need to say any more.
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ChiroVette Aug 10, 10
quote Northern49
I don't think I really need to say any more.
Not true since you didn't actually say anything, at least not relating to the point. The article NEVER said that he used money, stole money, or in any way abused his expense account. It said that he fled a false report. To assume anything else, based on the information given, is nothing but unbridled speculation. If you want to accuse him of filing a false report and having a consensual sexual relationship with a porn star, you're correct. But unless you have another source aside from this article, anything regarding theft is pure assumption on your part.
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strelaoz Aug 10, 10
HP has a much higher standard on ethics & integrity than Symantec. Sign…

As I have reported to Symantec Ethics about David Freer’s (VP, Symantec – Norton, APJ) misconducts (fraud, having dissented sex with me as he lied, using company resources for personal benefits – hundreds hours phone calls, hanging out with me during office hours, negative impacts on Symantec corporate image), what they do surprise me too. They basically ignore – never process the investigation, covering the serial lying & cheating criminal up, then threaten me. As Warren Buffet said when he decides which company is worth to invest, he values the CEO’s ethic and integrity the most. Being a senior management, David Freer shall walk the talks, instead he has set up a terrible example. How dare Symantec always campaign the company itself as defeat cyber criminals, but in the real world, Symantec acts just like robbers, mafia, & criminals. How ironic!
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strelaoz Aug 10, 10
David Freer (VP, Symantec Consumer Business Units - Norton, APJ) is a BIG LIAR! He lied to me for more than two and half years for my true feelings, time, and money. Also kept saying I am the only one in his life. Even this year on Feb. 2, he used company line to lead me to have phone sex with him. Until I found out there’s some other woman, he made up another lie and finally admitted he’s been living with her for a year. Later, I realized they were all lies. He actually has married March 2009. And now he just totally disappeared and not answering any phone calls, acting like “hit & run” irresponsible baby. Can you trust someone like this, with no ethics and integrity? The more unbelievable things are David Freer newly-wed wife - SUZY WALSHAM, she shamefully admitted she was the third person who broke up David Freer & his ex 12 years relationships, and mocking at me as the 3rd "unsuspected" person, as she agreed with his husband’s behaviors!!!!!! SHAME ON both of you, DAVID FREER & SUZY WALSHAM!!!!!!! (THEY BOTH WORK FOR SYMANTEC)
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ChiroVette Aug 10, 10
Strelaoz, what on Earth are you on about? Are you sure you posted this rant in the right place? Or am I missing something?
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