Former Hewlett-Packard chairman Patricia Dunn and former HP board member Tom Perkins are engaged in a new war of words over last year’s leak scandal at the giant technology company, the Wall Street Journal reports.
At the Dow Jones VentureOne Outlook conference on Tuesday, Perkins made a keynote speech that referenced Dunn and implied that Dunn was “guilty” in the HP scandal. He also referred to her as a “control freak” for the way that she had scheduled HP board committee meetings one after the other so that she could attend all of the meetings. The speech was picked up by several news outlets.
The HP scandal involved HP spying on its directors and others in an investigation to find out the source of leaks. The scandal resulted in the exits of several HP executives and board members, including Dunn and director George Keyworth
Dunn on Wednesday responded through her lawyer James Brosnahan. In a statement, Brosnahan called Perkins “attack” unfair since Dunn cannot respond. Dunn has been indicted by the California attorney general on charges of fraud. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges.