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HP General Counsel Ann Baskins resigns, effective immediately
Hewlett-Packard’s top lawyer steps down as a leak probe widens
HP General Counsel Ann Baskins Resigns
PALO ALTO, Calif. (Sept. 28) – Hewlett-Packard Co., which is drawing scrutiny from Congress over a corporate spying probe, on Thursday announced the resignation of general counsel Ann Baskins.baskins’ resignation follows on the heels of the resignation of Chairwoman Patricia Dunn from the Palo Alto-based maker of computers and printers. Both have agreed to testify at a congressional committee hearing about the company’s possible use of inappropriate methods to obtain information about board members suspected of leaking information to journalists.
Baskins leaves HP after 24 years with the company.
“I want to thank Ann for 24 years of outstanding service and devotion to HP,” said Mark Hurd, HP chairman and chief executive officer, in a prepared statement. “She began her career here shortly after law school and worked her way up to serve as the company’s top lawyer, earning along the way a reputation for hard work and integrity. Stepping down was a very hard decision for her, but by doing so she has put the interests of HP above her own and that is to be commended.”Baskins managed “worldwide legal matters including patents and licenses, litigation and regulatory compliance,” according to her biography on HP’s Web site. As corporate secretary, a title she was given in 1999, she was also responsible for shareholders’ meetings, “board of directors’ formalities,” corporate governance and shareholder records, according to her biography.After joining HP in 1982 as a lawyer, she was named a senior attorney in 1985 and corporate counsel in 1986. She held several other positions before being named general counsel in January 2000, the biography says. She graduated from Stanford University and earned her law degree at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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