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Sen. Boxer, stop the lies

When Carly Fiorina was hired to work for HP from 1999-2005, many believed HP’s prospects for the future were limited. Senator Boxer has recently come out to bash Ms. Fiorina’s time as CEO at HP. The problem is once again Senator Boxer chooses to be about the facts.

Let’s looks at some of the facts. During Carly Fiorina’s tenure as chairman and CEO at HP, revenues doubled from $42.4 billion in 1999 to $86.7 billion in 2005. She also improved profitability in every product category. While Carly Fiorina worked at HP, she pursued the merger with Compaq Computer. This is now considered to be the most successful merger in high tech mergers. Due to Mr. Fiorina’s leadership, HP became a market leader with global reach.

HP is no stranger in the market place based on the company acquisition. HP has soared past its former rival, Dell, and has out performed the Dow Jones industrial index due to Carly Fiorina’s leadership.



One significant thing I think is overlooked is that Carly Fiorina was the first woman to be CEO of a fortune 20 company– no small accomplishment. Mr. Fiorina made tough decisions while working as CEO at HP, all the while meeting the bottom line and answering to stock holders.

I think her time at HP will serve her well as the next U.S. senator from California.




Lila Branum

Grass Valley


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