VP linked to HP crisis

PALO ALTO, CA: The Hewlett-Packard leak crisis reached a new level this week with reports that CEO Mark Hurd had approved spying tactics and Robert Sherbin, VP of the external communications team, was involved as well.

PALO ALTO, CA: The Hewlett-Packard leak crisis reached a new level this week with reports that CEO Mark Hurd had approved spying tactics and Robert Sherbin, VP of the external communications team, was involved as well.

The Wall Street Journal reported e-mail correspondences between Sherbin and HP's investigators, alerting them to the names of suspected leakers from the board.

Ryan Donovan, HP's director of corporate media relations, echoed Sherbin's comments to the WSJ, telling PRWeek that the communications team was merely doing its job in passing information to management.

When asked if Sherbin would have to step down, he said it was a "non-issue."

Donovan also said that while the communications team's relationship with media was strained from recent events, journalists understood the PR department's role was merely to serve as a conduit of information.

Hurd was scheduled to lead a press conference on Friday, "to discuss the actions HP is taking to address issues regarding the investigation of leaks from its boardroom," read a company release.

Donovan previously told PRWeek that Dunn apologized to journalists individually to re-pair HP's media relationships.

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