Oldtimers think Carly is when HP went over the cliff -- and certainly her Public Relations engine was in overdrive. But most folk we talk to think she started the corporate raiding of the till. The Proxy Statements on file show a different story.
There are two meaningful comparison sets of years. 2000 was the height of the dot.com boom; 2001 the bottom. 2008 (before the Lehman collapse) was the "best year", 2009 a disaster. I left out imputed stock option values, since those are remarkably hard to understand, thanks to your Federal Government's arcane FASB rules. I figured CASH PAID OUT is a good comparable.
In the 'good year comparison', Hurd and team made 700%, 266%, 1790%, and 1920% more money for CEO, CFO, PC Chief, and Services Chief than the Fiorina team. The next year for each, all took 'cuts' on both teams -- but for 2009, Hurd and team made 1400%, 368%, 970% and 1011% more than the comparable Fiorina team. The employees didn't fare nearly as well.
The Board did better too, averaging 320% more in 2009 per director than in 2001. Each full-time director, for a few meetings per year, made on average $328,000. Pretty good hourly rate.
To the best that I can figure, Mark Hurd's severance pay, for a "profound lack of judgment" that caused IMMEDIATE RESIGNATION, exceeded John Young's lifetime earnings. Young, CEO for fourteen years, gave 32 years to HP, and never had, so far as we know, any sexual harassment suits filed against him. He grew the company by a factor of sixty from his first organizational impact time until he retired WITHOUT ACQUISITIONS of consequence; Hurd grew it by a factor of 1.4, buying all of the growth in acquisitions, and the amount that he added in profit was less than the amount of R&D that he took away. The amount of debt that he added, to a company that never had any, is hard to calculate on a percentage basis.
But he did take away something akin to $150 Million in personal earnings (what some of the current HP employees have called "theft") in the past three years. WHEW. What has this Board been doing? What IS this Board doing?