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State of California November 2, 2010 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Carly Fiorina

Candidate for
United States Senator

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While she is perhaps best known as the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard Company (HP), what is not as well known about Carly Fiorina is that she worked her way through undergraduate and graduate school. A self-made woman, she started her business career as a secretary and went on to become the first and, to date, the only woman to lead a Fortune 20 company.

Carly served as HP's CEO from 1999 to 2005, leading the reinvention of the legendary company, successfully steering it through the dot-com bust and the worst technology recession in 25 years. During her tenure, HP's revenues doubled, and it is today the largest technology company in the world.

She proved her leadership in tough times. Her pursuit of the controversial merger with Compaq Computer is now acknowledged to be among the most successful mergers in high-tech history and positioned HP to become the first $100 billion information technology company, creating market leadership positions for the company across its product lines.

Carly's uncommon record of hard work and success includes more than 20 years at AT&T and Lucent Technologies, where she led the largest-of-its-time IPO of Lucent and became president of its largest business.

Today, Carly is one of the most recognized business leaders in the world and an opinion leader who chairs the Board of the Technology Policy Institute, served on the Board of Business Executives for National Security, is a Global Envoy for Lance Armstrong's LIVESTRONG organization and serves as vice chair of the Initiative for Global Development. She was also a member of the Defense Business Board, and recently served on the Advisory Group for Transformational Diplomacy for the Department of State.

As the Chairman of the Fiorina Foundation, chair of The One Woman Initiative -- A Fund for Women's Empowerment, and a founding partner with The African Leadership Academy, Carly believes in giving back. She is also a board member of Freedom House, Vital Voices, the National Symphony Orchestra and Ford's Theatre and serves as a trustee for MIT.

She helped put herself through school, doing the books at a local hair salon while she earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford and taught students in order to pay for an MBA from the University of Maryland. Her Masters of Science in Business from MIT was the result of years of hard work at AT&T -- they thought enough about her promising future to send her there.

Carly and her husband Frank live in Los Altos Hills, CA, with their two Yorkshire Terriers, Max and Snickers. They have a daughter and two granddaughters. Another daughter is recently deceased.

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