On June 29, 2010, Hewlett Packard’s (HP) highly successful CEO Mark Hurd received a letter from a lawyer alleging he had sexually harassed a former HP contractor. Hurd shared the letter with HP’s general counsel Michael Holston. The case series follows the general counsel’s and the HP board’s decision-making process as they coped with the scandal.
This case series allows participants to discuss how the board and the general counsel (GC) can address a crisis that engulfs the CEO of a corporation. Faced with a potential scandal, what facts and possible consequences should the board and the GC take into account? How can they best address events and possibilities proactively?
Corporate Counsel, Ethics, Crisis Management
Geographic: United States
Event Year Begin: 2010
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