He hopes shareholders vote for the removal of Hammergren and Thompson, as well as the replacement of Ernst & Young.
Pryce-Jones praised Ralph V. Whitworth, an HP director who was previously a director of several other companies, including: Genzyme Corp., Sovereign Bancorp Inc. and Sprint Nextel Corp.
"Whitworth has a good record of working for shareholders. I think we will strengthen his hand and give him a clear mandate.
"He was the only member of the HP board who did not approve of the Autonomy deal, which should have raised red flags, since there were already questions about Autonomy's own accounting."
Pryce-Jones said he was optimistic a majority of shareholders will oppose keeping Hammergren and Thompson on HP's board.
"It always remains the company's prerogative to reappoint them. But we would want the company to support the majority vote [of shareholders]. These directors made a number of missteps.
"Thompson was the CEO at Wachovia [a Charlotte, N.C.-based bank-holding company on the verge of collapse in 2008]. He effectively was ousted just before Wachovia was driven into the hands of Wells Fargo."
Pryce-Jones predicted other investors will express critical views during the March 20 annual meeting.
"It is not inconceivable that other investors will go beyond what we are recommending and go beyond what we are asking. Shareholders we have talked to are livid about what happened."
Some of those other investors, Pryce-Jones said, could potentially ask Lane to resign as well.
Today, Lane is also a managing partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers -- a venture capital firm based in Menlo Park, Calif., that was an early investor in Google and Netscape.
Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.