Los Altos Hills, CA – Carly Fiorina announced today that she will begin the formal process of exploring a bid for the Republican nomination, to challenge Barbara Boxer for the United States Senate in 2010 by filing the name “Carly for California” with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
“The people of California have serious concerns about job creation, economic growth and the role of government in solving problems that touch each of our lives,” said Fiorina. “I have received a great deal of encouragement to make a run for the Senate in 2010 from people across the political spectrum because these are all issues that need focused attention in Washington, D.C. Today’s filing with the IRS is a logical next step in the process of evaluating running for this office.”
By filing Carly for California with the IRS, Fiorina will receive an employer tax- identification number and can now begin making a full and thorough evaluation of her candidacy for the U.S. Senate. In the coming months she looks forward to talking with policy experts, donors, advisors and as many Californians as possible. “I’m looking forward to talking with Californians across the state about the issues that matter to all of us in the weeks and months ahead,” Fiorina added.
About Carly Fiorina
Carly Fiorina began her business career as a secretary. In addition to an undergraduate degree from Stanford University, she holds an MBA from the University of Maryland, and a Masters of Science in Business from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Carly Fiorina was the first and, to date, only woman to lead a Fortune 20 company. Serving as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) from 1999 to 2005, she led the reinvention of the legendary company, steering it through the dot-com bust, the worst technology recession in 25 years and the controversial merger with Compaq Computer, now acknowledged to be the most successful merger in high-tech history. The merger laid the foundation for HP to become the first $100 billion information technology company, creating leadership positions for the company in every product line and in every country.
Prior to joining Hewlett-Packard, she rose through the ranks at AT&T and Lucent Technologies over a twenty-year span, leading the IPO of Lucent (at the time, the largest IPO in history) and becoming President of its largest business. Today, Carly Fiorina is one of the most recognized business leaders in the world, and a global influencer of public opinion.
Fiorina serves as a trustee for MIT, Chairs the board of the Technology Policy Institute, is a Global Envoy for Lance Armstrong’s LIVESTRONG organization and serves as vice chair of the Initiative for Global Development. She is a board member of Freedom House, Vital Voices, Business Executives for National Security, the National Symphony Orchestra and Ford‘s Theatre. She serves as the Chairman of the Fiorina Foundation, a philanthropic organization. In this capacity, she chairs The One Woman Initiative—A Fund for Women’s Empowerment, and is a founding partner with The African Leadership Academy. She also serves as a member of the Defense Business Board, and recently served on the Advisory Group for Transformational Diplomacy for the Department of State.
She and her husband Frank live in Los Altos Hills, CA, and have two daughters and two granddaughters.