Here’s a look at the life of Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO and former 2016 Republican presidential candidate.
Birth date: September 6, 1954
Birth place: Austin, Texas
Birth name: Cara Carleton Sneed
Father: Joseph T. Sneed III, federal judge and law professor
Mother: Madelon Montross Juergens, artist (abstract painter)
Marriages: Frank Fiorina (1985-present); Todd Bartlem (June 1977-1984, divorced)
Children: Two stepdaughters with Frank Fiorina: Traci, 1971 and Lori Ann, 1974-2009
Education: Stanford University, B.A., 1976; University of Maryland, M.B.A., 1980; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.S., 1989; attended UCLA School of Law
The first woman to head a Fortune 500 company and a company in the Dow Jones Industrial Average when she became CEO and president of Hewlett-Packard Company in 1999.
The first person to head HP who came from outside the company.
The first female officer at AT&T when she was 35. By the age of 40 she was leading AT&T’s North American operations.
Began her career as a secretary in a real estate office.
1980 – Begins working for AT&T as a sales representative.
April 1996 – Oversees Lucent Technologies, Inc. $3 billion initial public offering when it is spun off from AT&T.
1998 – Becomes president of Lucent Technologies’ global service-provider division.
1998-2003 – Leads Fortune magazine’s list of the 50 most powerful women.
1999-2005 – CEO of Hewlett-Packard.
2000 – HP names Fiorina chairman of the board.
September 3, 2001 – Hewlett-Packard buys Compaq Computer Corp., a move orchestrated by Fiorina amid opposition from both the Hewlett and the Packard families.
February 8, 2005 – Resigns as HP CEO.
October 9, 2006 – Publishes a memoir, “Tough Choices.”
October 2007 – Becomes a business commentator on the Fox Business Network.
2008 – Serves as economic adviser to John McCain during his presidential campaign.
February 20, 2009 – Is diagnosed with breast cancer at age 54.
2014 – Launches the Unlocking Potential Project, a political action committee that aims to inform women voters about conservative positions and issues.
February 24, 2015 – Supporters launch Carly for America, a super PAC to support Fiorina’s presidential bid.
May 4, 2015 – Announces her candidacy for US president, becoming the first declared female candidate to seek the Republican Party’s nomination.
May 5, 2015 – Her book, “Rising to the Challenge: My Leadership Journey,” is published.
February 10, 2016 – Suspends her candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.
March 9, 2016 – Fiorina endorses Texas Senator Ted Cruz for US president.
April 27, 2016 – Cruz formally names Fiorina as his vice presidential running mate. Cruz suspends his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination on May 3, 2016.
September 8, 2017 – Announces she will not seek the Republican nomination for US Senate in Virginia’s 2018 election.