Hey, remember yesterday when we did a couple of posts that weren't about Tuesday's market plunge? Remember the one about the remarks about corporate governance by venture capitalist and former Hewlett-Packard board member Tom Perkins? No? You don't read our posts about corporate governance because (as one reader told us yesterday) "corporate governance is so f---ing boring?"
Well, it's not quite as boring anymore. Perkins drew a distinction between compliance oriented corporate boards and business guidance oriented boards. Seems like a useful distinction, right? Well, apparently it didn't go over well with the lawyer for former Hewlett-Packard chairwoman Pattie Dunn. So the Dunnsters are fighting back. And this time it's personal.
From the San Jose Mercury News:
"Tom Perkins attacked my client. He did so unfairly. He did so falsely when he knows she cannot answer him,'' he said in a statement e-mailed to the news media. Dunn can't respond directly to Perkins' accusations because of the legal case pending against her. The case erupted after Perkins quit over the way Dunn, then-HP chair, conducted an investigation into boardroom leaks to journalists.
"He's rewriting the history of what happened,'' Brosnahan told the Mercury News. "Normally, I wouldn't say anything, but when he attacks my client personally, we're not going to sit here and let him get away with it. It's just awful what he did.''
Tom Perkins apparently didn't respond to this. So just imagine him chuckling as he sails his $100 million yacht into the horizon.
[No clue why Pattie's getting her, uhm, lawyers all in a twist about this? Well, to put it mildly, Pattie and Perkins have a bit of a history together. Feel free to check out our H-P Archives for all the gruesome details.]
Dunn's lawyer blasts Perkins [Mercury News]