By Barry Levine / Data Storage Today. Updated August 12, 2010.
The plot in the made-for-TV story at Hewlett-Packard continues to unfold as a key aide to ex-CEO Mike Hurd has resigned. Fortune magazine reported Wednesday that Caprice Fimbres McIlvaine, who was head of internal communications at the company, has left. Her resignation, reported Wednesday, was effective Aug. 9.
Her departure follows Hurd's by three days, and Fortune said McIlvaine was the "key conduit" in hiring Jodie Fisher. Fisher is a former actress who became a marketing contractor at HP and has sued Hurd for sexual harassment. The magazine cited "two people with knowledge" of McIlvaine.
Fisher Now a Branch Manager
McIlvaine was an aide with many of the responsibilities of a chief of staff. She traveled to the same away-from-headquarters customer meetings as Hurd, and her duties included being the key person for travel arrangements. Some observers have noted that travel arrangements for such occasions are usually conducted by staff outside the CEO's office.
McIlvaine, 37, posted the title of CEO program manager in an online profile. She was the organizer of the CEO Summits, where HP met with top customers, where Hurd spoke, and where Fisher acted as a company greeter.
None of the parties in question -- McIlvaine, Fisher or Hurd -- has commented on this latest development.
Fisher, meanwhile, has taken a job as a branch manager at a New Jersey staffing agency which her mother manages, according to The Wall Street Journal. Her mother, Polly McDonald, is the founder and president of Flanders, N.J.-based TeleSearch Staffing Solutions. McDonald said she advised her daughter to continue with the sexual-harassment suit against Hurd when Fisher asked for her advice.
Fisher is living in New Jersey with her 12-year-old son, and her mother said the new job is simply because she "needed work like a lot of people these days."
Hurd was asked to resign by the HP board on Friday, having previously reached a private settlement with Fisher. The board found that Hurd's "close personal relationship" with Fisher violated its internal ethics policies, but not its sexual-harassment policy. Fisher and Hurd have denied a sexual relationship.
Fisher, 50, tried for success as an actress in Hollywood, and then worked as a freelancer from 2007 to 2009 on marketing and customer events with Hurd and McIlvaine. She also posed for photos in Playboy in 1980, which were republished Wednesday on that publication's site, and acted in a movie called Little Big League in addition to other small roles.
Her current job at TeleSearch is branch manager at an office in Swedesboro, N.J., a couple of hours from Manhattan. Her mother said that, although Fisher was hired by TeleSearch, she is presently taking some time off.
Her role at HP was as a facilitator who studied customers attending events so she could steer bigger customers toward Hurd, and smaller ones away.