Carly Fiorina (born September 6, 1954) was president and chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard Company from 1999 to 2005.
She held senior leadership positions at AT&T and Lucent Technologies for nearly 20 years. She was the CEO of Hewlitt-Packard for five years. She merged it with Compaq spun off the R&D component into Agilent, laying off tens of thousands of highly-skilled American workers in the process. She commoditized the "Grey Lady of Silicon Valley" and simply labeling herself with a euphemism as some agent of "change". Fortune magazine ranked her the most powerful woman in American business  and Time listed her as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world. She was highly-compensated and is, as of 2017, estimated to be worth $60 million.
Fiorina was succeeded by Meg Whitman who further broke up the Lady.
Carly Fiorina has conservative Republican leanings, though she has shown an unusual amount of sympathy for the pro-choice movement. She actively supported John McCain and Mitt Romney for president in 2008 and 2012, respectively. She was the failed Republican candidate for the United States Senate from California in the election of 2010 but lost to incumbent Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer. On May 4, 2015, Fiorina formally launched a campaign for the Republican nomination for president of the United States in the 2016 electionwhich was also a failure.
On February 20, 2009, Fiorina was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent surgery at Stanford Hospital on March 2, 2009, followed by chemotherapy, which caused her to lose her hair, and radiation therapy. She seems to have made a full recovery.