Presentation: Tuesday, October 25th, 9:30am to 10:15am
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Throughout an extraordinary career in business, Carly Fiorina has successfully blazed new trails, taken risks and defied the odds. As the former chairman and chief executive officer of global technology solutions provider Hewlett-Packard, she brought all of her skills to bear to write a new chapter in the life of a historic company.
After joining HP in July 1999, Fiorina led the reinvention of the company many associate with the
birth of Silicon Valley, returning HP to its roots of innovation and inventiveness. Fiorina successfully
led HP's controversial merger with Compaq Computer Corp., now recognized as the most successful high-tech
merger in history.
In keeping with more than six decades of HP corporate stewardship, and during a time when corporations
make up 51 of the 100 largest economies in the world, Fiorina called for a new era of leadership, one
in which corporate leaders have an opportunity to redefine the role of the corporation, to use profit
engines to raise the capabilities, extend the hopes, and extinguish despair of people across the globe.
Fiorina took an unconventional route to becoming CEO of a leading technology company, earning a
bachelor's degree in Medieval history and philosophy from Stanford University. Fiorina holds a master's
degree in business administration from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of
Maryland at College Park, Md., and a master of science degree from MIT's Sloan School.
Prior to joining HP, Fiorina spent nearly 20 years at AT&T and Lucent Technologies, where she held
a number of senior leadership positions and directed Lucent's initial public offering and subsequent
spin-off from AT&T.
Fiorina was named an Honorary Fellow of the London Business School in July 2001. She has been honored
with the 2002 Appeal of Conscience Award and the 2003 Concern Worldwide "Seeds of Hope" Award in
recognition of her worldwide efforts to make global citizenship a priority for business. The Private
Sector Council honored Fiorina with its 2004 Leadership Award for her contributions to improving the
business of government. The White House appointed her to the U.S. Space Commission to advise it on
the nation's space science agenda and contribute a broad range of high-tech expertise. Fiorina also
sat on the New York Stock Exchange's executive board.
Fiorina has previously served on the boards of Cisco Systems, Kellogg Company and Merck & Company.
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