- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 10, 2010

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (AP) - Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is declining to weigh in on the ouster of her successor, Mark Hurd. She says she is focused on her Senate campaign.

Hurd resigned last week after an investigation into a sexual-harassment claim found that he falsified expense reports on dinners and meetings with a marketing contractor.

Fiorina was asked about Hurd’s departure Tuesday during a campaign stop at an almond plant in Sacramento. The Republican says she wishes HP well, adding that the world’s largest technology company is filled with great employees.

Analysts say Hurd’s severance package, estimated to be worth more than $40 million, reflects his steady leadership following Fiorina’s sometimes rocky tenure. Fiorina left with a $21.1 million package after she was ousted as CEO in 2005.