Hackborn won't seek re-election to HP board

Richard Hackborn has been the lead independent director since the firing of Patricia Dunn in the wake of the company's spying scandal.

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One of the Hewlett-Packard board's last remaining ties to some of the company's most turbulent times will soon be severed.

HP Richard Hackborn

Richard Hackborn, the HP board of directors' lead independent director, informed the board last week he will not seek re-election at the company's annual meeting scheduled for March 18, according to a Tuesday SEC filing. Hackborn will continue to serve until that date.

An HP representative said Tuesday it was Hackborn's "personal decision to retire."

Hackborn was a longtime HP employee before joining the board. He served briefly as chairman from January to September 2000, but will likely be remembered most for his role in the ousting of Carly Fiorina as CEO.

Hackborn again took a prominent role on the board when he was nominated as the lead independent director upon the firing of Patricia Dunn as chairwoman in connection with the 2006 pretexting scandal.

(As part of the scandal, HP contractors and investigators obtained the home and mobile telephone records of several journalists--including CNET News reporters--and their family members, and sent e-mail bugs as attachments. Some of the journalists, including three CNET reporters, have since sued HP.)

Even before joining the board, Hackborn worked for HP for 33 years, retiring in 1993 as executive vice president of the Computer Products Organization.