EBAY CEO Meg Whitman Defeated By Democrat
Meg Whitman, who spent nearly $ 150 million with their own money before being defeated by Democrat Jerry Brown, last year a disastrous foray into politics in California as governor, could be back on top soon.
At least in the business world.
News reports on Wednesday that Whitman can can be exploited to serve, even on a temporary basis, as CEO of Hewlett-Packard as a tribute to the resilience of the old CEO of eBay is one of the few women on in the ranks of management exalted.
2010, in the wake of the political pounding that not long ago, I watched a public profile lethal, Whitman is back in the spotlight I would suggest the effectiveness of systematic work on changing his public image. This week, Whitman Family Foundation has announced $ 5 million donation for the Silicon Valley charter schools.
A year ago this week, Whitman was the nadir of his career rising Republican politician after revelations that his former home was illegal has become an embarrassment that ended his dream of becoming governor.
"When you run this spectacular campaign for governor and lost, is like the implosion of the sun into a black hole," said Jon Fleischman, publisher of the popular Web site Flashreport.org the Republican Party.
While "his image with the business community has always been very high," he said, "I do not know if she was never able to translate his experience in the business of the voters as someone who could run good."
Whitman is the Renaissance can be even more interesting, because it can take place that was once held by Carly Fiorina, who led a failed GOP campaign last year against the charge U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, a Democrat.
While Whitman and Fiorina campaigns were seen as important steps for Republican Women, the two leaders had a personal relationship fresh.
"I like the irony that it would be nice sitting at the desk once used Carly Fiorina," he joked Fleischman, "taking into account that they never wanted to be on the same stage at the same time."
A little in common
Wade Randlett Democrat, a major fundraiser for Obama in Silicon Valley, said Whitman and Fiorina shared little in common with the front of the business.
"HP has been a great company run by a director terrible" during the reign of Fiorina said. "And eBay is a great company that Meg did a great job with ... so it's a great opportunity for Whitman and HP, to bring back a bit of polish on their respective reputations."
Other political insiders say Whitman has shown its strength in the months after his double-digit loss of Brown.
The main consultant Chris Lehane said that the democratic political after criticism of too much processed and scope of awards during his campaign, Whitman in recent months to meet the many journalists who covered it.
Whitman and showed that it was "ready to go and take the extra step, rather than going into the bunker," to improve its image, Lehane said. "We must give credit to someone to at least look at this worked and what did not, and try to identify next steps. "
Yet he argues that the movement to run HP, a company faced with difficult decisions and layoffs are likely to improve its bottom line, almost certainly means Whitman will not run again for office anytime soon.
"Withdrawal can be your qualifications for the performance of employees, but not to stand", as Fiorina's learned from his Senate race, and "why Mitt Romney is about to find out," said Lehane.
Fiorina has come under fire from Boxer to the displacement of thousands of jobs abroad HP. Romney and Whitman have faced criticism for his work at Bain & Co., where Romney cut labor and subcontracted work, a record that can provide fodder for attack ads, said Lehane.
Republican strategist Bill Whalen, a fellow at the Hoover Institution, said Whitman's possible return to the ranks CEOs include "an interesting space in California," where "the venture capitalists involved in the politics of left and right and put their names behind the causes of all time. "
"The directors do," said Whalen. "CEOs have advice to report the profits of the company to think." So, it is likely, he said that "the CEO of HP means it does not intend to be a candidate so early ".
But if it takes first place as interim CEO, Whalen said, could leave open the possibility of later work with his former chief of Romney. Whitman is a finance director of his presidential campaign and strong, and "the choice is not for another year," said Whalen.