HP's New Board Now Official

HP's board purge cleared; new sniping with Oracle

By JORDAN ROBERTSON
|  Wednesday, Mar 23, 2011  |  Updated 3:15 PM PDT
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HP's New Board Now Official

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Computer builder Hewlett-Packard, located in Palo Alto, was started by William Hewlett and David Packard, both Stanford graduates.

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Hewlett-Packard Co. has won investors' approval for its deep boardroom makeover in the wake of the company's CEO scandal. Meanwhile, it has waded into a fresh round of sniping with Oracle Corp., a public bickering that adds a new dimension to the longtime partners' newfound antagonism.

That HP would be at the center of two Silicon Valley controversies on the same day isn't surprising, considering the tumult that has engulfed the company lately.    

The decision by shareholders to approve the 13 directors that HP put up for election is a big step toward HP moving beyond the scandal over the ouster of CEO Mark Hurd in August.    

Yet just as one controversy eased, HP waded into another with a new battle of words with Oracle.
    

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