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Carly Fiorina Announces Campaign for GOP Presidential Nomination

On Monday, Carly Fiorina, age 61, formally announced her intention to seek the 2016 GOP Presidential nomination. The woman, who is touted by many as a corporate wonder woman, will base her qualifications on the office of the presidency on her experience as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard. Fiorina became the first woman to take the helms of a major Fortune 500 company back in 1999. She believes her experience turning around a struggling behemoth organization is proof she can turn around a much larger and bloated federal government. Previous employee Susan McGalla believes that she could be a good leader but is not ready to put all of her eggs in one basket (check more out at PostGazette).

Whether that proves to be true will depend on how effectively she can distance herself from the same issues that bedeviled Mitt Romney. In corporate America, successful CEO’s are known for their ability to make the “tough” decisions. However, rank and file employees view that term with derision given the perception that it amounts to nothing more than laying off employees and saving money at their expense. This is going to prove a daunting task for Fiorina. While at Hewlett-Packard, she orchestrated 30,000 employees losing their jobs while also freezing company contributions into a non-contributing pension plan for the rest. While she did return the company to profitability, it was done at great human cost. The company later rewarded her with a bonus amounting to billions of dollars. Fiorina will need to justify to American voters why cutting 30,000 jobs and reaping billions in return for herself was so beneficial.

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