Carly Fiorina, Former CEO, Hewlett-Packard
Named Fortune’s “Most Powerful Woman in Business” for six years straight (until 2003) and the “10th Most Powerful Woman in the World” in 2005, Carly Fiorina will talk about her tenure at Hewlett-Packard, how she almost became President of the World Bank, and her future plans in business. She will also share her take on the current widening HP scandal involving a possibly illegal probe into media leaks.
Brought to HP to transform a noble Silicon Valley legend into a flexible competitor for the 21st century, Fiorina dramatically and controversially restructured the way the company operates, shifted business focuses, took aim at some of the most aggressive sectors in technology and engineered one of the largest, most complex and controversial mergers in the history of the industry. She was pushed out by the board of directors in 2005, reportedly because of a difference in strategic vision for the company’s future.
Fiorina is currently working on a book about her career and her views on such issues as what constitutes a leader, how women can thrive in business and the role technology will continue to play in reshaping our world. It is due be released this fall.
Prior to joining HP, Fiorina spent almost 20 years at AT&T and Lucent Technologies, where she held a number of senior leadership positions. At Lucent she fronted the planning and execution of its initial public offering and subsequent spin-off from AT&T, becoming the chief executive. She holds a bachelor’s degree in medieval history and philosophy from Stanford University, a master’s degree in business administration from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, and a Master of Science degree from MIT’s Sloan School. In July 2001, she was named an Honorary Fellow of the London Business School.
This program was recorded live on October 20, 2006