Carly Fiorina worked her way through undergraduate and graduate school and began her business career as a secretary for a small business. She became the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company, serving as the chairman and chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005. She was named Fortune’s Most powerful Woman in Business for six consecutive years.
During her tenure at HP, Fiorina led the reinvention of this legendary company, tripling its rate of innovation, achieving market leadership, transforming its cost structure and accelerating growth. Despite controversy and opposition, she successfully acquired and integrated Compaq Computer, in what is now seen as the most successful high-tech merger in history. Under her leadership, HP doubled in revenues to $88 Billion and generated 11 patents a day, with significantly improved profitability and cash flow. HP became a leader in every product category and market segment in which it competed.
Fiorina currently serves as chairman of Good360, the world’s largest product philanthropy organization. She is one of the most recognized business leaders in the world and an opinion leader who champions innovation, education, entrepreneurship and job creation. She provides regular commentary on these topics and more for both broadcast and print media. She also is an outspoken advocate for leveraging women as a resource to solve our most pressing problems. She is the founder of the One Woman Initiative and now serves as a Global Ambassador for Opportunity International.
Fiorina is politically active and encourages others to be the same. She ran for the Senate in 2010 and has served as victory chair for John McCain and a co-chair for Mitt Romney. She is also engaged in national policy formulation, serving as a senior advisor for the Center of Strategic and International Studies where she is also a co-chair for US Leadership in Development. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Initiative for Global Development. She is a founding supporter of the African Leadership Academy.
She has also served on the Defense Business Board, as the chairman of the CIA’s External Advisory Board and on the Advisory Group for Transformational Diplomacy for the Department of State. She has been a member of the Boards of Kellogg Company, Cisco Systems, Merck and Taiwan Semiconductor.
Fiorina earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, an MBA from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Science in Business from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a cancer survivor who openly tells her story. She and her husband Frank live in Virginia. They have a daughter and two granddaughters.