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Good-Bye, Mark. I think this link says pretty much "it all."

Other than, perhaps, that the entire Board of Directors, much like the current US Congress, has failed and really should resign or be completely replaced by people who might give a rat's butt about the Company and not just about themselves and your compensation.

From the link...

HP's Securities and Exchange Commission filings of the past few years have -- in plain sight of investors and journalists -- detailed this excess:

Mark Hurd's total compensation for 2008 (when the global economic crisis reached its nadir) was $43 million, making him the fourth-highest-paid CEO that year, even though H-P's shares lost 29% that year.

CIO Randy Mott's total compensation jumped 400% that year to $28 million.

Imaging executive vice president Vyomesh (VJ) Joshi's total compensation increased 83% in 2008 to $22 million.

Personal Systems EVP Todd Bradley's total compensation went up 263% that year to $21 million.

Technology Solutions' EVP Ann Livermore's compensation went up 31% that year to $21 million.

Now-interim CEO Cathie Lesjak got a 49% bump in total compensation in 2008 to $6 million.

This management team mandated that year that all Hewlett-Packard staffers would take a 5% pay cut for the year, and they boasted that they -- as executives -- would stand shoulder to shoulder with the staff by taking 10% pay cuts. They forgot to say that the executive cuts would be only on base salary and that they would more than make up for that on options, restricted stock units and other bonus goodies.

In 2008, H-P shareholders paid $7,472 for travel expenses for Mark Hurd's family to accompany him on business meetings. They paid $256,000 for Mark Hurd's personal security detail that year. And each executive was able to use $18,000 worth of financial advice that year on the shareholders' dime.

Where it gets really interesting is that shareholders paid $136,000 for Mark Hurd's personal use of the H-P private plane fleet in 2008. Furthermore, H-P "grosses up" this taxable benefit, so that Hurd -- the guy who made $43 million in 2008 alone -- didn't have to pay any taxes for that private aircraft use. The filings also show that Hurd could take his spouse on the H-P aircraft whenever it was "requested by H-P" and that she got "grossed up" for that too.

Michelle Leder of Footnoted also first reported in 2008 that Hurd had been "grossed up" $79,814 for taxes he had to pay as a benefit on meals with his family that were paid for by HP. Leder estimated that, in order to be "grossed up" by such a high amount, Hurd would have had total restaurant bills paid for by HP shareholders of more than $243,000.

Now, we find out that H-P's board uncovered a pattern where Mark Hurd inflated his personal expenses that involved a series of trips involving him and a female contractor, who worked for the company between fall of 2007 and fall of 2009.

Although I cheer anytime I see a corporate board wake up from a deep slumber and take action where it suspects a violation of ethics, I have to emphasize that this is -- by and large -- the same board of directors that approved all of the egregious compensation and perks laid out above. And those are only the ones relevant for 2008.

First rev: 08.11.2010