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Mark Hurd Resigns As HP CEO

Mark Hurd Resigns As HP CEO

Out of nowhere, HP CEO has resigned. Quit. Left the company. Headed for other pastures. Late on a Friday, after most investors had headed out for the weekend, Hewlett-Packard quietly dropped a bomb that their CEO was no more. Effective immediately, CEO Mark Hurd no longer has his CEO title, and CEO Cathie Lesjak has been appointed interim CEO.

The reason? Anytime there's a sudden departure, rather than a departure where the existing CEO helps bring on his or her replacement, it usually means scandal. And in this case, it's a scandal. HP has confirmed that there has been a claim of sexual harassment against Hurd, and while the female in question is apparently not going to file any charges, it has been turbulent enough to cause Hurd to depart. His decision was reportedly made following an investigation by outside legal counsel and the General Counsel’s Office, overseen by the Board, and while the investigation determined there was no violation of HP’s sexual harassment policy, but did find violations of HP’s Standards of Business Conduct.

The basics of the story is that this contractor was hired from 2007 to 2009 to do work, and invalid expense reports were filed during the relationship. This violates HP's standards, since it cannot be easily determined if the reports were actually dealing with work or the scandal. Here are Mark Hurd's comments on the matter: "As the investigation progressed, I realized there were instances in which I did not live up to the standards and principles of trust, respect and integrity that I have espoused at HP and which have guided me throughout my career. After a number of discussions with members of the board, I will move aside and the board will search for new leadership. This is a painful decision for me to make after five years at HP, but I believe it would be difficult for me to continue as an effective leader at HP and I believe this is the only decision the board and I could make at this time. I want to stress that this in no way reflects on the operating performance or financial integrity of HP."

It doesn't sound like this will change anything about HP's future, and a search is ongoing for the future CEO. No time line has been set yet, but it will be interesting to see whether or not HP looks inside or outside for a replacement. If someone from Palm were to take over, would that change the angle of the company? We'd love to find out.

 HP CEO Mark Hurd Resigns; CFO Cathie Lesjak Appointed Interim CEO; HP Announces Preliminary Results and Raises Full-year Outlook

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HP (NYSE: HPQ) today announced that Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President Mark Hurd has decided with the Board of Directors to resign his positions effective immediately.

    “HP has an extremely talented executive team supported by a dedicated and customer focused work force. I expect that the company will continue to be successful in the future.”

The Board has appointed CFO Cathie Lesjak, 51, as CEO on an interim basis. Lesjak is a 24-year veteran of the company who has served as HP’s CFO and as a member of the company’s Executive Council since January 2007. She oversees all company financial matters and will retain her CFO responsibilities during the interim period.

Hurd’s decision was made following an investigation by outside legal counsel and the General Counsel’s Office, overseen by the Board, of the facts and circumstances surrounding a claim of sexual harassment against Hurd and HP by a former contractor to HP. The investigation determined there was no violation of HP’s sexual harassment policy, but did find violations of HP’s Standards of Business Conduct.

A Search Committee of the Board of Directors has been created, consisting of Marc L. Andreessen, Lawrence T. Babbio, Jr., John H. Hammergren, and Joel Z. Hyatt, which will oversee the process for the identification and selection of a new CEO and Board Chair. HP’s lead independent director, Robert Ryan, will continue in that position.

Hurd said: “As the investigation progressed, I realized there were instances in which I did not live up to the standards and principles of trust, respect and integrity that I have espoused at HP and which have guided me throughout my career. After a number of discussions with members of the board, I will move aside and the board will search for new leadership. This is a painful decision for me to make after five years at HP, but I believe it would be difficult for me to continue as an effective leader at HP and I believe this is the only decision the board and I could make at this time. I want to stress that this in no way reflects on the operating performance or financial integrity of HP.”

“The corporation is exceptionally well positioned strategically,” Hurd continued. “HP has an extremely talented executive team supported by a dedicated and customer focused work force. I expect that the company will continue to be successful in the future.”

Robert Ryan, lead independent director of the Board, said: “The board deliberated extensively on this matter. It recognizes the considerable value that Mark has contributed to HP over the past five years in establishing us as a leader in the industry. He has worked tirelessly to improve the value of HP, and we greatly appreciate his efforts. He is leaving this company in the hands of a very talented team of executives. This departure was not related in any way to the company’s operational performance or financial condition, both of which remain strong. The board recognizes that this change in leadership is unexpected news for everyone associated with HP, but we have strong leaders driving our businesses, and strong teams of employees driving performance.”

“The scale, global reach, broad portfolio, financial strength and, very importantly, the depth and talent of the HP team are sustainable advantages that uniquely position the company for the future,” said Lesjak. “I accept the position of interim CEO with the clear goal to move the company forward in executing HP’s strategy for profitable growth. We have strong market momentum and our ability to execute is irrefutable as demonstrated by our Q3 preliminary results.”

Lesjak has taken herself out of consideration as the permanent CEO but will serve as interim CEO until the selection process is complete. Candidates from both inside and outside the company will be considered. The selection of a new chairman will occur in conjunction with the CEO decision.

The company does not expect to make any additional structural changes or executive leadership changes in the near future.

HP announces preliminary third quarter results; raises full-year outlook for revenue and non-GAAP EPS

HP is announcing preliminary results for the third fiscal quarter 2010, with revenue of approximately $30.7 billion up 11% compared with the prior-year period.

In the third quarter, preliminary GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) were approximately $0.75 and non-GAAP diluted EPS were approximately $1.08. GAAP and non-GAAP EPS were negatively impacted by $0.02 pertaining to one-time charges relating to the previously announced U.S. Department of Justice settlement. Non-GAAP diluted EPS estimates exclude after-tax costs of approximately $0.33 per share, related primarily to restructuring, amortization of purchased intangible assets and acquisition-related charges.

For the fourth fiscal quarter of 2010, HP estimates revenue of approximately $32.5 billion to $32.7 billion, GAAP diluted EPS in the range of $1.03 to $1.05 and non-GAAP diluted EPS in the range of $1.25 to $1.27. Non-GAAP diluted EPS estimates exclude after-tax costs of approximately $0.22 per share, related primarily to restructuring, amortization of purchased intangible assets and acquisition-related charges.

For the full year, HP now expects revenue in the range of $125.3 billion to $125.5 billion. FY10 GAAP diluted EPS is expected to be in the range of $3.62 to $3.64 and non-GAAP diluted EPS in the ranged of $4.49 to $4.51. FY10 non-GAAP diluted EPS estimates exclude after-tax costs of approximately $0.87 per share, related primarily to restructuring, amortization of purchased intangibles and acquisition-related charges.

HP plans to release its final results for the third fiscal quarter on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, with a conference call at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT to provide additional details. 
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Wow, now THIS is news!

News:
It doesn't sound like this will change anything about HP's future

Unless you simply mean that it won't change the current roadmap of the company, I respectfully disagree: I think this has big implications for HP's future and with the ~10% slide in the share price today, I'm not alone in that thinking.  Hurd was relentless in improving efficiency at HP and finding growth that consistently beat earnings estimates -- not an easy thing to do.

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This is redonculous!

He probably just told a dirty joke, and someone said, hey I can sue HP! I have dealt with this as well, you have some liberal who hears something wrong and the first thing they think is SUE! Just like the newly invigorated Racist charge, they know it makes companies uneasy and guarded.

It will probably take a few years when men will have to do the same thing against the women, and charge racism in the same maner just to protect themselves and their jobs!

This guy probably has been hit since childhood with that name.....He was probably overheard making a joke about "A hURD in the Palm:P"

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The reports sound like it's definitely more than that. It looks like it was an affair that Hurd tried to hide with inaccurate expense reports.

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Isnt that why men make millions:P

I think it is better for CEO's to do this, than it is the guys in DC...

I guess that all depends on what your definition of IS...IS...:P

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From what I read elsewhere, it sounds like he submitted expense reports for non-business expenses up to $20,000 each during a two year period where he may or may not have been having an affair.

This guy's a douche, IMHO. He made over $72 million in the last two years (and got a 12.2M golden parachute for resigning), and was so greedy that he spent the company's money instead of his own on personal stuff. Meanwhile, he fired 9,000 people in June... dumping them into the worst job market ever.

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This came out of no where.

Well, look at the bright side, this story has info on a CEO that name isn't "Steve Jobs".

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