HP cleans Hurd taint from board

Four of the board members believed to have been most responsible for the sudden departure of HP boss Mark Hurd are themselves being ousted, with the company confirming their membership to the board will not be up for renewal this year.

While HP is keeping quiet on the reasoning behind its decision, the Wall Street Journal cites unnamed sources close to the company as confirming that the four played a key role in the departure of HP chief executive Hurd amidst allegations of sexual misconduct.

Two of the named board members, Joel Hyatt and John Joyce, have been described as Hurd's 'most vocal supporters' during the investigation that saw Jodie Fisher, ex-HP contractor and soft-core porn star, accuse Hurd of impropriety - support which didn't prevent the board voting to force Hurd to resign from his position.

The remaining two, Robert Ryan and Lucille Salhany, come from the other side of the table, having led HP's investigation into Fisher's claims.

The choice of board members to oust represents a desire on HP's part to distance itself from the whole Hurd mess, which still represents one of the most surprising and - frankly - bizarre stories in modern tech. Whether a simple shake-up of the board will be enough to rid itself - and investors - of the memory remains to be seen.

To replace the departing board members, five new members have been named ahead of a vote in March: Shumeet Banerji, Gary Reiner, Patricia Russo, Dominic Senequier, and Meg Whitman.