(MEDIA GENERAL) – Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” that she intends to run for president under the Republican ticket for the 2016 presidential election.
Fiorina is an outsider on the national political circuit, and she intends to use that to her advantage at the polls.
“I think I’m the best person for the job because I understand how the economy actually works. I understand the world; who’s in it,” Fiorina told George Stephanopoulos during her interview.
So who is Carly Fiorina? Here are a few facts about the presidential hopeful:The basics
Fiorina, 60, was born in Austin, Texas. Her mother was an artist and her father was a law school professor and later a federal judge. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in medieval history and philosophy from Stanford in 1976, and after dropping out of law school, earned Master’s Degrees in Business Administration and Management from Maryland and MIT, respectively.
She has been married twice. She married her current husband, Frank Fiorina, in 1985.Career as a CEO
Fiorina’s career as an executive started at AT&T, where she rose from a management trainee to senior vice president of the company’s hardware and systems division. In 1998, Fortune magazine named her the “most powerful woman in business,” and in 2004 was listed No. 10 in Forbes’ list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.”
She was named the CEO of Hewlett-Packard in 1999, becoming what experts believe to be the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company. HP struggled after the tech bubble burst in the early 2000’s. After a series of unpopular strategic moves, Fiorina was forced to resign her position with the company in 2005.Getting into politics
Fiorina worked for Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, and in 2009 announced her candidacy for a California Senate seat in the 2010 race. Fiorina won the Republican nomination but lost handily to Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer.
She has continued to stay in the limelight among conservative circles, speaking at several events and stumping for Republican candidates. In August 2013, conservative magazine Newsmax named Fiorina one of the “25 most influential women in the GOP.”