FALLOUT from the departure of ex HP CEO Mark Hurd continues as his top aide decided to call it quits just days after her boss slung his hook.
Caprice Fimbres McIlvaine, who used to be head of internal communications at HP, was apparently instrumental in the hiring of Jodie Fisher, the former soft-core porn star turned corporate hostess and marketing consultant who filed and later settled a lawsuit against Hurd for sexual harassment. It was that lawsuit that eventually led to Hurd abruptly leaving his position in disgrace.
Now McIlvaine, who according to Fortune was some sort of 'chief of staff' to Hurd, has also left the firm with no explanation. She was reported as having been one of a select few who would arrange Hurd's diary and even traveled with the HP chief.
Questions surround McIlvaine's duties, as it seems she was also responsible for organising HP events, the ones where Fisher was employed as a marketing contractor to meet and greet executive guests. Apparently organising events isn't normally within the remit of a head of internal communications at a large firm, which begs the question, why was McIlvaine doing this?
Hurd's departure led to HP's stock price taking a dive and, thanks to aggressive cost cutting measures that resulted in 19,000 employees losing their jobs, many might be happy to see the back of him. Nevertheless, Hurd was widely credited with charting the company's course after Carly Fiorina's disastrous reign as CEO.
McIlvaine's departure further clears HP's decks of those involved with this latest somewhat sleazy HP saga, but it is unlikely to end the speculation about what really went on behind closed doors.
Thanks to the mysterious nature of both Hurd and his right hand woman leaving and both still maintaining radio silence, we might have to wait for either to pen a lucrative book deal before the truth finally comes out. µ
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