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Dance Card for HP Corporate Spying Scandal

There are many players in the Hewlett-Packard corporate spying scandal. Since this scandal and various legal actions are likely to be in the news over the coming weeks and months, the following "dance card" should be a useful in reminding who is who as future HP scandal news stories break:

Primary Players:

  • Lawrence T. Babbio, Jr. - HP director since 2002. Vice chairman and president of Verizon Communications Inc., which earlier this year filed fraud lawsuits against Web-based business operators who engaged in pretexting. He's a board member at Verizon, HP, and the foodservice company Aramark Corp.
  • Sari M. Baldauf - HP director since January 2006. Former executive vice president at Nokia. She spent 22 years at Nokia, including more than six years as executive vice president and general manager of networking. The native of Finland is a graduate of the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration.
  • Ann O. Baskins - Former General Counsel of HP who nominally was in charge of both the Kona I and Kona II investigations. Attorney Baskins resigned ahead of her testimony to Congress on September 28th, 2006 and chose to take invoke her Fifth Amendment privledges not incriminate herself by testifying. The letter and quite interesting exhibits explaining her decision can be found here.
  • Darren Brost - An Action Research sub-contractor from Austin, Texas who was subpoenaed before Congress to explain his role in actually gathering "pretexted" phone information. Elected to take the fifth.
  • Ronald R. DeLia - Owner of Security Outsourcing Solutions, a Needham, MA investigative services firm, that was the primary sub-contractor used in the HP leak investigation probes. Asked to testify before Congress on September 28, 2006.
  • Joseph DePante - Operator of HP leak probe sub-contractor, Action Research Group.
  • Patricia C. Dunn - Former HP director from 1998 through immediate resignation on September 22nd 2006, chairwoman since 2005. Forced to step down after orchestrating the internal investigation of media leaks that has prompted state and federal investigations. Also vice chairwoman of Barclays Global Investors, where she previously served as chairwoman and CEO. The child of a vaudeville actor and a showgirl, Dunn grew up in Las Vegas. She survived breast cancer and melanoma and recently had surgery on a tumor that had spread to her liver. She worked as a freelance journalist after college before taking a temporary secretarial job at Wells Fargo Investment Advisors.
  • Jim Fairbaugh - Head of HP’s Global Security group who had some degree of oversight for both the Kona I and Kona II leak probes.
  • Boris Feldman - A senior partner at Wilson Sonsini, who conducted the August 2006 investigation of HP's corporate leak investigations and the legality of the methods used.
  • Carleton S. Fiorina - Former CEO of HP who was forced to resign in the spring of 2005 by the HP Board of Directors.
  • Anthony R. Gentilucci - Boston-area based head of HP’s global investigations unit who started with Digital Equipment Corporation and continued on with subsequent mergers with Compaq and HP. Mr. Gentilucci was a key player in the HP leak probes and has been asked to appear before Congress on September 28th, 2006.
  • Richard Hackborn - HP’s lead independent director as of September 22, 2006, director since 1992 and chairman from January 2000 to September 2000. Primary adviser and mentor to Fiorina. He spent 33 years at HP, rising from laboratory engineer to vice president for the company's computer products from 1990 until his retirement in 1993. Previously served on the board at Microsoft Corp.
  • John H. Hammergren - HP director since August 2005. Chairman, president and CEO of health-care management company McKesson Corp. During his tenure, McKesson doubled its revenues to $80 billion, tripled its earnings and became No. 15 on the Fortune 500. He was elected president and chief executive officer of the company in 2001 and chairman in 2002. Also director of Mexico's Nadro S.A. de C.V. and Verispan LLC.
  • Kevin T. Hunsaker - A lawyer in the HP legal department who reportedly was responsible for the day-to-day activities in the 2006 HP leak probe. Also served as HP’s chief ethics officer and reported author of "I shouldn’t have asked . . . ." e-mail reply about the legality of ‘pretexting’.
  • Mark V. Hurd – HP director and CEO since 2005. Chairman, CEO and President of HP as of September 22nd 2006. Previously CEO of NCR Corp. Low-key Midwesterner hired by the board under Dunn's leadership in 2005 to revive HP's sagging stock price and slumping morale. Hurd did not inherit the chairman of the board title that his predecessor Carleton S. Fiorina had.
  • Charles Kelly - Another Action Research sub-contractor with his own firm CAS Agency Inc. located in Villa Rica, Georgia, who was subpoenaed and elected to take Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination. Target of Cingular Wireless lawsuit filed September 29th 2006.
  • Tom Krazit - One of the two co-authors of the January 23rd, 2006 CNET report that sparked the second leg of the HP corporate board leaks investigation.
  • Dawn Kawamoto - Other co-author of January 23rd, 2006 CNET News report that sparked the reopening of the HP’s leak investigation.
  • George A. Keyworth II - HP director since 1986. Resigned September 12th 2006 after acknowledging he was a source of media leaks. Science adviser to President Reagan and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from May 1981 to January 1986. Director of the Physics Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, which he joined in 1968. Acknowledged leaking information to reporters and was barred by the company from seeking re-election in 2007.
  • Bill Lockyer - The California Attorney General has said in September 2006 that his agency's investigation of pretexting at H-P has turned up enough evidence to charge individuals inside and outside of the company with crimes.
  • Michael Moeller - HP director of corporate media relations who was an employee targeted as part of the corporate leaks investigation,
  • Vincent Nye - A member of the HP global-security unit and participant in the HP leaks probe(s). Emerged during the September 28th congressional hearings as one of the few HP employees who objected to the use of pretexting as an investigative technique.
  • Thomas J. Perkins - Resigned from HP board in May 2006 after discovering HP's investigators used possibly illegal methods to gain home phone records of directors, journalists and other targets. Said September 12th, 2006 he would not return to the board if asked. HP co-founders Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard invited Perkins to become the administrative head of the research department in 1963. First general manager of HP's computer divisions. Co-founded one of Silicon Valley's first venture capital firms, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, in 1972. Has been a director of Applied Materials Inc., Compaq Computer, Corning Inc., Genentech Inc., and Philips Electronics and Tandem Computers Inc.
  • Valerie Preston - An Action Research sub-contractor involved in the gathering of 'pretext' information. From Cooper City, Florida, Ms. Preston was subpoenaed, but did not testify using her Fifth Amendment privileges.
  • Bob Ryan - HP director since 2004. Retired in 2005 as chief financial officer of Medtronic Inc. Before joining the medical device company in 1993, served as CFO at Union Texas Petroleum Corp. Perviously vice president at Citibank Inc. and served as management consultant for McKinsey & Co. Director of UnitedHealth Group Inc.
  • Lucille S. (Lucie) Salhany - director since 2002. President, CEO and founder of consulting company JHMedia. Became first woman to manage an American broadcast television network when appointed chairman of News Corp.'s Fox Broadcasting Company in January 1993. Resigned from Fox in July 1994 and became the president and chief executive officer of the nascent United Paramount Network. Supervised the production of Entertainment Tonight, The Arsenio Hall Show, Hard Copy, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • Bart M. Schwartz - A former U.S. prosecutor appointed in September 2006 as HP counsel to perform an independent review of investigative methods and to make future recommendations for implementing best practices
  • Cassandra Selvage - Sub-contractor to Action Research who actually performed some of pretexting operations. From Dade City, Florida and was subpoenaed but took Fifth Amendment privledge.
  • Robert Sherbin - Hewlett-Packard’s vice president for external communications.
  • Larry W. Sonsini - Well-known Silicon Valley lawyer and long-time outside counsel to Hewlett-Packard. Also heavily involved with many companies caught up in the stock-option backdating probe(s).
  • Stephen Shankland - CNET News reporter who was targeted during the HP leaks investigation as well as his wife and his father.
  • Bryan C. Wagner - 29 year-old man who once worked for Action Research Group in Florida and is rumored to have obtained some of the private phone records in the Hewlett-Packard spying case. Once lived in Omaha; now lives in Littleton, Colorado. Was one of five private investigators subpoenaed and subsequently took the Fifth before Congress.
  • Robert P. Wayman - HP director from 1993 to 2002. Rejoined board in 2005. HP's CFO since 1984. Interim CEO in early 2005, after Fiorina was fired and before Hurd's hiring. Joined HP in 1969 as a cost accountant. Director for Con-Way Inc. and Sybase Inc.


  • Cristina Arguedas - White-collar defense lawyer of Arguedas, Cassman & Headley in Berkeley, Calif. Hired to represent former HP General Counsel Ann Baskins.
  • K. Lee Blalak, II - Another white-collar defense attorney defending former HP Gerneral Counsel Ann Baskins. He is with the Washington law firm of O’Melveny & Myers L.L.P.
  • James J. Brosnahan - A San Francisco defense lawyer hired to represent Patti Dunn in the HP leak scandal. Previously, Attorney Brosnahan is a former federal prosecutor and a former member of the Lawrence Walsh Independent Counsel team who also represented the American caught early in Afghanistan, John Walker Lindh.
  • Viet Dinh - Washington lawyer and policy consultant who also serves as on Board of Directors of News Corp. with Thomas Perkins. As a result of private June 2006 discussions about legality of pretexting, ended up representing Mr. Perkins as the HP corporate spying probe unfolded. Great profile here in New York Observer.
  • Michael J. Holston - Retained on September 8th directly by Mark V. Hurd to perform an independent investigation of HP’s corporate leak probes. Spoke at the September 22nd 2006 news conference with CEO Hurd describing Morgan, Lewis’ investigation to date.
  • John A. Kiernan - Attorney for Ronald R. DeLia and his firm Security Outsourcing Solutions, Inc. Also apparently author of legal opinion delivered to HP indicating that ‘pretexting’ investigative methods were legal.
  • Michael Madigan - A white-collar defense lawyer with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington hired to represent Larry Sonsini before Congress and possibly the other regulatory investigations looking into the HP leaks probes.
  • Michael Pancer - Criminal defense lawyer in private practice in San Diego, CA hired by HP’s chief ethics lawyer, Kevin T. Hunsaker.
  • Richard Preira - Miami-based defense lawyer for Joseph DePante and his family-owned investigative firm Action Research Group.
  • Philip R. Sellinger - With the Florham Park, NJ law firm Greenberg Traurig who represents Verizon Wireless in the lawsuit suing pretexters involved in the HP leak investigations.
  • Larry W. Sonsini - Outside Counsel to HP Board of Directors (Also see other description above).


  • Action Research Group - Apparently a sub-contractor to Security Outsourcing Solutions who was retrained to actually procure personal telephone information through ‘pretexting’.
  • Bonner Kiernan Trebach & Crociata - Boston law firm of John Kiernan that apparently wrote the legal opinion that Security Outsourcing Solutions’ investigative methods were legal. This opinion then was passed on to HP legal department.
  • Hewlett-Packard - Once highly-regarded technology company known for its high ethical standards.
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP -
  • Security Outsourcing Solutions - A Needham, Massachusetts private investigations firm apparently retained by HP leak investigators to gather "intelligence" including personal phone call information.
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati - Long-time outside legal firm to the Board of Directors of HP.

Others Referenced:

  • James Rapp – A convicted Colorado data broker who pleaded guilty to charges of trafficking in confidential information in 1999 in an unrelated matter. Once worked with Action Research Group and is uncle of Bryan Wagner.