Meg Whitman, trailblazing the way for female tech leaders

HP CEO Meg Whitman had a storied career even before she arrived at our headquarters in Palo Alto, working at companies such as Procter & Gamble, Bain, Disney, Hasbro and eBay.   Her role as a trailblazer – from her membership in one of Princeton University’s first female classes to what she now calls the “ride of a lifetime” at HP – has been well documented throughout the years. Among other accolades, Meg was named the eighth-best-performing CEO of the past decade by Harvard Business Review and was profiled by MAKERS: Women Who Make America

Meg’s strong leadership and commitment to turning HP around have earned her recent honors as well. Channelnomics named Meg their 2013 Influencer of the Year for her genuine outreach to the channel and focus on HP’s partners since taking over as CEO. 

More recently, Meg was nominated to the CNBC First 25, a group that CNBC calls the "definitive list of the 25 people who have had the greatest influence, sparked the biggest changes and caused the most disruption in business over the past quarter century." Currently at 200 nominees, the network is inviting readers to vote for up to 25 of their favorite leaders.

Meg’s strong leadership greatly benefits our entire organization. Just this week, HP was named to the 2014 NAFE Top 50 Companies for Executive Women. HP was recognized, in part, for our 18-month HP Ascend sponsorship program for female VPs and directors, for emphasizing global job rotations and dramatically increasing internal promotions to executive positions (from 35 percent in 2012 to 65 percent in 2013). 

Watch Meg’s MAKERS video below to hear about her career path and leadership style. And don’t forget to cast a vote for Meg in the CNBC First 25!