Another week, another amusingly lurid corporate scandal. “I realized,” Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd calmly announced in a statement this afternoon, “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 H.P. and which have guided me throughout my career.”
And just like that, as Carly Fiorina and Patricia Dunn did before him, Mr. Hurd is leaving H.P.’s helm under terrible circumstances. Although, in the same release, the company says that the decision was made following an investigation that “determined there was no violation of HP’s sexual harassment policy,” only of the company’s official Standards of Business Conduct. The investigation followed “a claim of sexual harassment against Hurd and H.P. by a former contractor.”
Surely, a lot of attention will be paid to Mr. Hurd over the next week. For now, here are several shots of Mr. Hurd that you will be seeing a lot over the next few days.