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Carly Fiorina Hewlett-Packard Co.

Addresses lack of computer experience

Jul 1999

HP hires Fiorina as CEO although she has no experience in the computer industry. She says the company has plenty of computer people, she plans to focus more on the type of person who should be running the company.

Look, lack of computer expertise is not Hewlett-Packard’s problem. There are loads of people here who can provide that. I’ve demonstrated an ability to pick up quickly on the essence of what’s important. I know what I don’t know. And I know that our strengths are complementary. You have deep engineering prowess. I bring strategic vision, which HP needs.