Tyco and Hewlett-Packard

Chapter 3: Lessons Learned from Companies Caught in the Act

Posted by Dawn Lomer in on March 3rd, 2015

Chapter 1: Xerox and Ford

Chapter 2: Siemens and Satyam

Chapter 3: Tyco and Hewlett-Packard


Fine/Settlement: Former CEO and former CFO $35 million to Tyco plus fines of $70 million $35 million, as well as prison sentences.

Former CEO Dennis Kozlowski and former CFO Mark Swartz were accused of the theft of more than $150 million from Tyco. During their trial in March 2004, they claimed the board of directors had authorized it as compensation.

There were signs of extravagant personal spending by both men, but nothing was done about it. In 2002, questions about the accuracy of the books at Tyco triggered a slew of events that led to a major fraud investigation. Kozlowski and Swartz are paying the price for the crimes: 22 counts of grand larceny, false business records, and conspiracy and securities fraud.

Lesson Learned

  • Accountability
    • These two men played significant roles at Tyco and weren’t held accountable for their actions. When Tyco introduced Ed Breen as the new CEO, it became apparent that the company wanted to make the right move and hire someone who would hold everyone, including himself, responsible for their actions.

The leader sets the tone for the company and establishes the corporate culture. Peter Löscher was the man for the job.


Issue: Lawsuits and Investigations

Multiple lawsuits and investigations in a short period of time made 2010 a rocky year at HP. A sexual harassment investigation, a kickback probe and an SEC investigation into whether or not former CEO Mark Hurd leaked inside information wraps up the year for HP.

Lesson Learned

  • Ethics training
    • Employees need to know what is expected of them. An evaluation of risks they face should be used to ensure training topics are up-to-date with current ethics and compliance threats. Ensure training is ongoing so that change is lasting.

Chapter 4: Johnson & Johnson and Mattel

Chapter 5: BAE and Google

Chapter 6: International Monetary Fund and Verizon

Chapter 7: Happy Days Children’s Wear


Dawn Lomer
Dawn Lomer

Managing Editor

Dawn Lomer is the managing editor at i-Sight Software and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She writes about topics related to workplace investigations, ethics and compliance, data security and e-discovery, and hosts i-Sight webinars.