EETimes.com – Keyworth resigns HP board — This swing in the boardroom does not bode well for HP in the future. Now it appears as if the board (with the exception of Tom Perkins, now departed) condones and encourages what amounts to unethical behavior (if not illegal). In an era of Sarbanes-Oxley and accountability, this cannot be good for any company. Board liability must be of some concern to these folks. You’d think so anyway.
My suggestion for a board replacement: Kevin Mitnick.
Keyworth acknowledged being a source of information in a January article by one of nine reporters whose phone records were obtained in an HP media leak probe.
“I was frequently asked by HP corporate communications officials to speak with reporters — both on the record and on background — in an effort to provide the perspective of a longstanding board member with continuity over much of the company’s history,” he said.
Keyworth said HP’s leaders praised his comments as helpful and said he believed the information he provided to a reporter were in the best interest of the company. He said he did not believe the information he disclosed was confidential or damaging.