Meg Whitman

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1956 –


Who is Meg Whitman?

Margaret Cushing "Meg" Whitman is an American business executive. She is the president and chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard. A native of Long Island, New York, she is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School. Whitman served as an executive in The Walt Disney Company where she was vice president of strategic planning throughout the 1980s. In the 1990s, she served as an executive for DreamWorks, Procter & Gamble, and Hasbro. Whitman served as president and chief executive officer of eBay from 1998 to 2008. During her 10 years with the company, she oversaw its expansion from 30 employees and $4 million in annual revenue to more than 15,000 employees and $8 billion in annual revenue.

In 2008, she was cited by The New York Times as among the women most likely to become the first female President of the United States. In February 2009, Whitman announced her candidacy for Governor of California, becoming the third woman in a 20-year period to run for the office. She won the Republican primary in June 2010. The fourth wealthiest woman in the state of California with a net worth of $1.3 billion in 2010, she spent more of her own money on the race than any other political candidate spent on a single election in American history, spending $144 million total of her own fortune and $178.5 million including donors. Whitman lost to Jerry Brown in the November 2 election.

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Aug 4, 1956
Cold Spring Harbor
Also known as
  • Margaret Cushing Whitman
  • Presbyterianism
  • Caucasian race
  • United States of America
  • Cold Spring Harbor Jr./Sr. High School
  • Bachelor of Science, Princeton University
    (1973 - 1977)
  • MBA, Harvard Business School
    (1977 - 1979)
  • Harvard University
  • President and CEO, eBay
    (1998/03 - 2008/03/31)
  • General Manager of the Preschool Division, Hasbro
    (1997/01 - 1998/02)
  • President and CEO, Florists' Transworld Delivery
    (1995/02 - 1996/12)
  • Division President, Stride Rite Corporation
    (1992/10 - 1995/02)
  • Senior Vice President of Marketing, The Walt Disney Company
    (1989/05 - 1992/10)
  • Vice President, Bain & Company
    ( - 1989)
  • Brand Manager, Procter & Gamble
    (1979 - 1981)
  • Chief Executive Officer, Hewlett-Packard
    (2011/09/22 - )
Lived in
  • Cold Spring Harbor

on July 23, 2013


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