Former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina was the subject of a New York Times profile last week focused on her role in John McCain’s campaign for president. She is officially chairwoman of the Republican National Committee’s “”Victory ’08” committee
dedicated to McCain’s election.
“Three years ago, Carleton S. Fiorina was the celebrity C.E.O. who was spectacularly fired by the Hewlett-Packard board,” began the piece, by Elisabeth Bumiller. “She produced a best-selling memoir, ‘Tough Choices,’ but for the most part spent the years after her ouster in relative self-imposed exile from public life.”
Inevitably, her success, or lack thereof, at HP was discussed. Bumiller cites concerns from
some unnamed Republicans that “it is hard to see why a woman widely criticized for
mismanaging one of Silicon Valley’s legendary companies is advising and representing a
candidate who acknowledged last year that he did not understand the economy as well as he
Fiorina’s response is typically sure-fired. “Well, see, the good news about business is,
results count,” Fiorina told Bumiller from her office at Republican National Committee
headquarters on Capitol Hill. “And the results have been very clear. The results have been
crystal clear. From the day I was fired, every quarter, even before they had a new C.E.O., has
been record after record. That doesn’t happen unless the foundation’s been built.”
Given our location in a part of the business world built largely upon the shoulders of William Hewlett and David Packard, we figured some folks out around here might have thoughts on the topic.
So, did Fiorina lay the foundation for the resurgence at HP?