HP:TOP LAWYER RESIGNS & LEAK PROBE WIDENS

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HP:TOP LAWYER RESIGNS & LEAK PROBE WIDENS

 user 2006-09-28 at 10:58:00 am Views: 55
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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.