What Carly did next

HP executives may be watching the American presidential election preamble a little bit more closely, and perhaps more nervously, than other US boardrooms, as ex-HP CEO Carly Fiorina looks increasingly likely to be accompanying Republican candidate John McCain to the White House if he gets in

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By  Mark Sutton Published  June 22, 2008

HP executives may be watching the American presidential election preamble a little bit more closely, and perhaps more nervously, than other US boardrooms, as ex-HP CEO Carly Fiorina looks increasingly likely to be accompanying Republican candidate John McCain to the White House if he gets in.

Fiorina - who was unceremoniously pushed out of HP in 2005 - is officially McCain's top economic advisor, but is building an increasingly high profile, even drawing flak from Obama himself. In part Fiorina's role at the moment is draw in disgruntled supporters of Hillary Clinton, and to provide a female role model for the Republican campaign.

Should McCain win the presidential race, Fiorina looks highly likely to get an appointment on his presidential staff, according to Information Week.

HP execs must be hoping that Fiorina won't bear a grudge for being forced out over what she described as 'dysfunction in the boardroom' rather than the HP-Compaq merger; or that she's not still angry that the company swiped her phone records during an investigation into a boardroom leak. Hell hath no fury, after all...

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