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Hurd Apologizes, Probe 'Disturbing'

Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) CEO Mark Hurd today apologized to journalists the company investigated as part of its probe into leaks from directors and called the results of an internal probe "very disturbing to me."

Hurd also says Patricia Dunn has resigned as chairwoman effective immediately and he will replace her. HP announced Sept. 13 that Dunn would step down Jan. 1. (See HP Dumps Dunn, Appoints Hurd.)

Hurd did not answer questions during a brief press conference at HP's Palo Alto headquarters, but said he would appear Thursday before a U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating HP's spy program. Dunn and HP general counsel Ann Baskins are scheduled to testify the same day.

Hurd says he approved of the company hiring outside investigators to look into leaks from directors to reporters because "leaks hurt the company's reputation and its ability to operate effectively."

As for the investigation, he says "many of the right processes were in place. Unfortunately, they broke down and nobody on the management chain caught it, including me."

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