Cara Carleton Carly Fiorina is an American businesswoman and political figure, known primarily for her tenure as CEO of Hewlett-Packard . She subsequently served as Chair of the philanthropic organization Good360.Fiorina ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate in 2010 and the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.As Chief Executive Officer 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 rival personal computer manufacturer, Compaq. The transaction made HP the world's largest seller of personal computers. HP subsequently laid off 30,000 U.S. employees in order to save 80,000 jobs. The company then grew to 150,000.