Saturday, August 07, 2010

HP's Hurd - My Theory

HP's Mark Hurd Resigns After Sexual-Harassment Probe
Hewlett-Packard Co.’s Mark Hurd resigned as chief executive officer after an investigation found he had a personal relationship with a contractor who received numerous inappropriate payments from the company.
Hurd submitted receipts for expenses ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 over two years, including meals and travel, that should have been labeled as personal and not related to business, said a person familiar with the situation.

The expenses were incurred at HP-hosted “CEO forums,” mostly in North America, in which Hurd participated, this person said. The woman worked as a contractor hosting the events


HP Contractor Didn't Have Sex or Affair With CEO Hurd, Lawyer Allred Says

So the CEO lays out thousands of dollars in business expenses to go around the country with this woman for...not having sex or an affair?  Riiiiggght.

Actually there could be one plausible explanation that fits these facts: There was a mentor-mentee, father-daughter thing going on where Hurd was trying to shepherd the girl and they became emotionally intimate.  If she then approached him for a sexual relationship and he turned her down, her anger would drive her to try to destroy him by going to a lawyer, despite the fact there was never any sex.

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