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 is Carly is a self-made woman. She started her business career as a secretary at a small business and went on to become the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company.
Carly served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) 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. She led the controversial merger with Compaq Computer positioning HP to become the first $100 billion information technology company. Her career includes more than 20 years at AT&T and Lucent Technologies.
Today she is politically active and has championed free enterprise, private sector job creation, economic growth and fiscal conservatism. She is the newly named Vice Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee focused on restoring a Republican majority in the Senate. She has served as Republican Victory Chair supporting John McCain’s presidential run. She most recently challenged four-term California Senator Barbara Boxer in her own first time political candidacy.
Carly is one of the most recognized business leaders in the world and an opinion leader who champions competitiveness and innovation, as well as philanthropic and civic initiatives that support economic growth and individual empowerment. She serves on the Board of the Foundation for Health Coverage Education. She is on the Leadership Council of the Initiative for Global Development and is a founding supporter of the African Leadership Academy and The One Woman Initiative. She has also served on the Board of Business Executives for National Security, the Defense Business Board, the CIA’s External Advisory Board, and the Advisory Group for Transformational Diplomacy for the Department of State under the Bush Administration. As a cancer survivor who openly tells her story, she is a Global Envoy for Lance Armstrong’s LIVESTRONG organization.
She earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford, an MBA from the University of Maryland, and her Masters of Science in Business from MIT. She and her husband Frank live in Virginia and California. They have a daughter and two granddaughters.