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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 M.I.T.'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. She currently serves on the boards of CyberTrust (specializing in cybersecurity), Revolution Healthcare Group, MIT Corporation Board of Trustees and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSCM).
Her book "Tough Choices: A Memoir," 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, will be released shortly.
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