Margaret Cushing "Meg" Whitman (born August 4, 1956) is an American business executive. Whitman is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, as well as the Chairwoman of HP Inc.
A native of Long Island, New York, Whitman is a graduate of Princeton University, New Jersey, and Harvard Business School, Massachusetts. Whitman served as an executive in The Walt Disney Company, where she was Vice President of Strategic Planning throughout the 1980s. In the 1990s, Whitman 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 Whitman's 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 2014, Whitman was named 20th in Forbes List of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World.
In 2008, Whitman 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. Whitman 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 was defeated by Jerry Brown in the 2010 California gubernatorial election.
Whitman was a supporter of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's presidential campaign in 2008 and was on his national finance team.She was also listed as finance co-chair of Romney's exploratory committee.After Romney stepped out of the race and endorsed John McCain, Whitman joined McCain's presidential campaign as a national co-chair.McCain mentioned Whitman as a possible Secretary of the Treasury during the second presidential debate in 2008.However, McCain lost the 2008 general election to Barack Obama.
While running for governor, Whitman emphasized three major areas: job creation, reduced state government spending, and reform of the state's K-12 educational system. She argued that it is best to start only a few things and finish them, instead of starting a lot of things and finishing few of them.
During the 2012 Republican primaries, Whitman endorsed Mitt Romney,who praised Whitman.Whitman's name had been mentioned as a possible cabinet member in a Romney administration.However, Romney lost the 2012 general election to Barack Obama.
During the 2016 Republican primaries, Whitman was finance co-chair of Chris Christie's presidential campaign. After Christie withdrew from the race and subsequently endorsed the Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump, Whitman criticized Christie's endorsement as "an astonishing display of political opportunism" and called on other Christie donors to reject Trump.
Margaret Cushing Whitman was born into the world in 4th August, 1956 in Cold Spring Harbor, New York. He is an American business chief and previous political applicant. She is a board individual from Procter and Gamble and General Motors. Whitman was beforehand president and CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. She was likewise the CEO of Quibi before its conclusion in October 2020. Whitman was a senior individual from Mitt Romney's official missions in both 2008 and 2012 and ran for legislative head of California as a Republican in 2010, yet upheld Democrats Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Joe Biden in 2020. Whitman was a leader in The Walt Disney Company, where she was VP of Strategic Planning all through the 1980s. During the 1990s, she was a leader for DreamWorks, Procter and Gamble, and Hasbro. Whitman was president and CEO of eBay from 1998 to 2008. During Whitman's 10 years with the organization, she supervised its development from 30 representatives and $4 million in yearly income, to in excess of 15,000 workers and $8 billion in yearly income. In 2014, Whitman was named twentieth in Forbes List of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World. She won the Republican essential. The fifth-richest lady in California with a total assets of $1.3 billion of every 2010, she went through the second the greater part of her own cash on the race than some other political applicant spent on a solitary political decision in American history, burning through $144 million of her own fortune and $178.5 million altogether, including cash from contributors, a record outperformed simply by Michael Bloomberg in the 2020 official political race.
Whitman was the girl of Margaret Cushing (née Goodhue) and Hendricks Hallett Whitman, Jr. Her patrilineal extraordinary incredible granddad, Elnathan Whitman, was an individual from the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. Through her dad, Whitman is likewise an extraordinary incredible granddaughter of U.S. Representative Charles B. Farwell, of Illinois. On her mom's side, she is an extraordinary granddaughter of antiquarian and legal scholar Munroe Smith and an incredible extraordinary granddaughter of General Henry S. Huidekoper. Her fatherly grandma, conceived Adelaide Chatfield-Taylor, was the little girl of author Hobart Chatfield-Taylor and his significant other, Rose Farwell Chatfield-Taylor, and the sister of financial analyst Wayne Chatfield-Taylor. During the 2010 California gubernatorial political race, Whitman upheld California's Proposition 8, which switched In re Marriage Cases and characterized marriage as a relationship between one man and one lady in the state. Whitman likewise reprimanded Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown for not shielding Proposition 8 in the government legal framework. Notwithstanding, on February 26, 2013, Whitman affirmed that she had turned around that assessment. Whitman expressed, "At that point, I accepted individuals of California had said something regarding this inquiry and that toppling the desire of individuals was some unacceptable methodology," and "current realities and contentions introduced during the lawful interaction from that point forward significantly affect my reasoning." Whitman additionally accepts that gay and lesbian couples ought to be allowed to receive kids. Whitman upholds fetus removal rights. Whitman has said that the legitimization of cannabis isn't what any law requirement individual would recommend under any condition and that "this is the most exceedingly awful thought [she has] at any point seen."
Whitman started her vocation in 1979 as a brand supervisor at Procter and Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio. Whitman later continued forward to function as an advisor at Bain and Company. She rose through the positions to accomplish the situation of senior VP. Whitman became VP of key arranging at The Walt Disney Company in 1989. After two years she joined the Stride Rite Corporation, prior to turning out to be president and CEO of Florists' Transworld Delivery in 1995. As Hasbro's Playskool Division General Manager, beginning in January 1997, she directed worldwide administration and showcasing of two youngsters' brands, Playskool and Mr. Potato Head. She additionally imported the UK's youngsters' network show Teletubbies into the U.S. Whitman was CEO of Quibi, a short-structure media content application intended for cell phones. In September 2020, only 5 months after its dispatch, Quibi was thinking about deal or securing with a valuation of $500 million, in spite of its $1.75 billion introductory investment, having neglected to meet supporter targets. Coverage and investigation has pinned this disappointment on the idea itself, and disappointments of authority from Meg Whitman because of her absence of "involvement in the business of the organization she is running." The disappointment of the application was anticipated by numerous individuals in the Silicon Valley tech biological system, with one pundit, Rob Enderle posting this as the latest in Whitman's "monotonous disappointments" because of her "powerlessness to assume liability for botches, a failure to help subordinates, an emphasis on moving fault, and an absence of topic skill." In 2017, Whitman was the Commencement speaker for Carnegie Mellon University and was granted a privileged doctorate certification.