Carly Fiorina announces her run for the Presidency.
As CEO of HP from 1999 to 2005, Fiorina was the first woman to lead a Top-20 company as ranked by Fortune Magazine. In 2002, Fiorina oversaw what was then the largest technology sector merger in history, in which HP acquired their rival personal computer manufacturer, Compaq. HP subsequently eliminated 30,000 U.S. positions, saving 80,000. In February 2005, she was fired as Chair and CEO after a boardroom disagreement.
Fiorina was an adviser to Republican Senator John McCain‘s 2008 presidential campaign. In 2010, she won the Republican nomination for the United States Senate in California. She lost the general election to incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer. Fiorina was a major candidate in the 2016 Republican presidential primary, and was briefly the running mate of Ted Cruz, until he suspended his campaign on May 3, 2016.
Fiorina made headlines by joining a group of Republicans who opposed Donald Trump even after he secured the Republican Presidential nomination. On December 19, 2016, after Trump’s victory in the election, the Electoral College convened; one anonymous faithless elector in Texas gave Fiorina an electoral vote for vice-president.