Hewlett-Packard's board of directors felt that Mark Hurd's settlement of a sexual harassment claim impeded its probe into allegations against its former chief executive's behavior, according to a Wall Street Journal report that cited people familiar with the matter.
The settlement between Hurd and Jodie Fisher, a former marketing contractor and sometime actress, was made without the board's knowledge and increased mistrust among board members who felt Hurd wasn't cooperating fully with their investigation into Fisher's claims, one source told the Journal.
However, a person identified as being familiar with Hurd's thinking said the board repeatedly encouraged Hurd to settle before mediation three weeks before the settlement occurred, according to the newspaper.
HP representatives declined to comment on the report.
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Hurd receive the $12.2 million payment, plus other stock benefits, on the condition that he agrees not to pursue any legal action against the company, according to the separation agreement HP filed with the SEC on Friday.
Hurd and was named chairman of the board in September 2006. Prior to that he spent 25 years at NCR, where he became CEO in 2002.