Carly Fiorina Biography
Best known as the former CEO of HP, Carly Fiorina was named one of the 30 most powerful women in the United States. Growing up in North Carolina, she attended law school at UCLA, but dropped out only after one semester. She worked various secetary jobs even at HP through temp work company, Kelly Services. She also worked as a broker briefly for Marcus & Millichap. It is her that she notes her knowledge of the business world. Another job she took was to teach English in Italy
She earned a BA in both philosophy and medieval history from Stanford, a MBA in Marketing from University of Maryland and a MS in Management from MIT. It is no matter why she later became so influential. In 1980, Fiorina joined AT&T to work as a management trainee and later rose to Senior Vice President before leaving in 1995.
She then worked for Lucent Technologies where she was Executive Vice President (Lucent is a AT&T spinoff). She was prolific in implementing stock activities as well as planning for the future. She began President of the consumer production business and later Chairman (woma n) & Group President of the global sector of the company. All this occurred before the age of 43!
In 1999, her history with Hewlett Packard began. She succeeded Lewis Platt as CEO of the company. She was heavily involved in the decision to “Reinvent” the company. Because of a downturn in business, she authorized nearly 7,000 layoffs within the company. Three years after joining HP, she authorized a merge with Compaq.
Her departure began in 2005, when the Board Of Directors had a meeting with her about her performance. This was ultimately leaked to the famous newspaper, The Wall Street Journal. They wanted to shift her authority, but Carly was not having it. She was let go of in 2005 and was replaced by Patricia Dunn. After her departure, HP’s stock rose nearly 7%.
Fiorina currently holds board of trustee positions at the World Economic Forum, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and MIT. She also is director at Revolution Health Group and part of the board for Cybertrust. In 2006, her book “Tough Choices: A Memoir” was released. She currently has two residences in Los Altos Hills, California as well as the Nation’s capital.