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Carly Fiorina


Carly Fiorina is the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard company. She was the first woman to head a Fortune 500 company. She was born as Cara Carleton Sneed on September 6, 1954, in Austin, Texas. She started her career as a secretary in a small real-estate business.

Carly also dropped out of a law school and became an AT&T management trainee. Later, she became the first female officer in the Network Systems Division. She is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in medieval history and philosophy. She bounced from one job to another and for a brief period also taught English in Italy.


Quick Facts: –

  • Carly Fiorina was the first person to head HP who came from outside of the company.
  • She was named the ‘Most Powerful Woman in Business’ by Fortune in 1998.
  • In 1985, she married AT&T executive Frank Fiorina.
  • On February 8, 2005, Carly resigned from the position of CEO of Hewlett-Packard.
  • Later, she became a business commentator on the Fox Business Network and also served as economic adviser to John McCain during his Presidential campaign.
  • She also wrote a best-selling memoir named ‘Tough Choice’ in 2007. In this book, she discussed her early life.
  • In February 2009, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and has made a full recovery now.
  • In 2010, Carly Fiorina was California’s Republican nominee for Senate.
  • On May 4, 2015, she announced her candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.
  • On February 10, 2016, she suspended her candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.



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