Feeds

HP's top lawyer leaves job, holds tongue

Bleeds HP blue

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

Career in "ruin," HP's general counsel Ann Baskins fled the company last night with an exit package potentially worth well over $4m.

Some of the blame for HP's mishandling of its spy probe has been thrust on Baskins over the past week. The HP veteran has been portrayed as having ongoing knowledge of the leak probe that involved fraudulent techniques.

As a result of her ties to the scandal, Baskins resigned from HP. She also refused to testify today before a US House of Representatives subcommittee into the HP drama.

HP handed Baskins a standard severance package associated with a high-ranking veteran. The largest chunk of the package includes the right to exercise $3.7m in stock options.

"She bled HP blue ink," former HP Chairman Patricia Dunn said about Baskins, during her testimony at today's hearing. "This woman, I am sorry to say, her career is ruined. I relied on her as did many others.

"She was responsible for the oversight of the person carrying out the investigation."

Which compares to Dunn's take on her role in this mess. "I do not accept personal responsibility for what happened."®

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!
Grim diversity numbers dumped alongside Facebook earnings
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off
Cellphone baseband device biz shuttered
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.