Monday, September 25, 2006

At Hewlett-Packard, a Chief Wounded by Divided Attention

Mr. Hurd, the chief executive, had wanted to talk about the transformation inside Hewlett-Packard, how it was becoming a lean Silicon Valley growth company instead of a cash cow content to thrive on the high profit margins of its ink and toner cartridges.
But instead, in his first public interview since the spying operation was revealed in early September, Mr. Hurd needed to talk first about the spying investigation that has sullied the company’s reputation as well as his own.

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