David Packard

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David Packard (born September 7 1912 - died March 26, 1996) was the co-founder of the Hewlett-Packard Company and the founder, president and chairman of the Packard Foundation.[1]

"From the earliest days of his career, David Packard set high standards for himself and those around him. His sense of integrity, respect, and compassion for individuals and their capabilities formed the basis for the Hewlett-Packard management approach known as the "HP Way." David believed that "management has a responsibility to its employees, to its customers, and to the community at large," and under his leadership, Hewlett-Packard pioneered many innovative benefits and management concepts, such as flexible working hours, catastrophic medical coverage, and open offices.

"Despite the demands of his business, David found time to participate in many educational, professional, and civic organizations and served as Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1969 to 1972. He was also a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the Stanford University Board of Trustees, and the Palo Alto School Board." [2]


Think Tanks and Non-Government Organisations

A biographical note on the H-P website<[1] states that Packard was:

Government Appointments

Business Groups and Directorships

  • active in the Business Roundtable and was founding vice chairman of the California Roundtable
  • Boeing Co. Director
  • Caterpillar Tractor, Director
  • Chevron Corp., Director
  • Genentech Inc. Director
  • Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic Director

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch


  1. 1.0 1.1 "David Packard (1912-1996)", Hewlett-Packard Company website, accessed July 2008.
  2. Why We Are Here, Packard Foundation, accessed September 16, 2007.