Who is Carly Fiorina

Thursday, May 6, 2010  |  Updated 2:30 PM PDT
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Who is Carly Fiorina

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Carly Fiorina was once one of the most powerful businesswomen in the country. Now, she's aiming to topple one of the most powerful women in the Senate.

Fiorino, who served as CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005, is running for Senate, hoping to beat Sen. Barbara Boxer in November. First, she must win the Republican Party's nomination. She faces Congressman Tom Campbell in the June 8 primary.

Fiorina led HP through the dot-com bust, which included two volatile mergers --  First with Agilent Technologies, at the beginning of her tenure with HP, and then with Compaq, which ultimately lead to her departure from the company.

Throughout her business career, she defied the glass-ceiling stereotype for women in business. In 1980, she got a job with AT&T as a manager trainee. Fifteen years later, she had risen to senior vice president, and she helped spin off a major division which became Lucent Technologies.  At Lucent, she oversaw marketing and sales for the company's largest customer segment.

In 1998, Fortune Magazines named Fiorina to its list of the most powerful women in business.  She stayed on the list through her years at HP.

Fiorina is relatively new to the world of politics.  She admits that she did not vote regularly during her adult years.

"Shame on me," is her response to the issue.

She joined Sen. John McCain's run for the White House in 2008. She was mentioned as a potential running mate, and she spoke at the Republican National Convention.

Early last year, she she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since then, she has gone through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

She announced in November that she would run for Boxer's Senate seat.

"After chemo," she said, "Barbara Boxer just isn't that scary anymore."

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