A self-made woman, Carly Fiorina began her business career as a secretary and rose through the ranks of corporate America to become the first, and to date, the only woman to lead a Fortune 20 company. Serving as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) from 1999 to 2005, she led the reinvention of the legendary company, successfully steering it through the dot-com bust and the worst technology recession in 25 years. During her tenure, HP’s revenues doubled, from $44 billion to $88 billion, with improved profitability in every product category.
A proven leader, her pursuit of the controversial merger with Compaq Computer, now acknowledged to be the most successful merger in high-tech history, positioned HP to become the first $100 billion information technology company, creating leadership positions for the company in every product line.
Carly has an uncommon record of success that spans more than 20 years at AT&T and Lucent Technologies, where she led the largest-of-its-time IPO of Lucent and became President of its largest business.
Today, Carly is one of the most recognized business leaders in the world and a global influencer of public opinion who Chairs the Board of the Technology Policy Institute, serves on the Board of Business Executives for National Security, is a Global Envoy for Lance Armstrong’s LIVESTRONG organization and serves as vice chair of the Initiative for Global Development. She is also a member of the Defense Business Board, and recently served on the Advisory Group for Transformational Diplomacy for the Department of State.
An active member of America’s philanthropic community, Carly serves as the Chairman of the Fiorina Foundation, Chair of The One Woman Initiative—A Fund for Women’s Empowerment and is a founding partner with The African Leadership Academy. She is also a board member of Freedom House, Vital Voices, the National Symphony Orchestra and Ford‘s Theatre and serves as a trustee for MIT.
Carly received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, holds an MBA from the University of Maryland, and a Masters of Science in Business from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
She and her husband Frank live in Los Altos Hills, CA, and have two daughters and two granddaughters.
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