Forbes: Meg Whitman On Why She ‘Runs To The Fire’
June 1, 2016 • Blog Post
HPE's CEO talks with Forbes about her favorite motto, her inspiration and what she would tell her 20-year-old self
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CEO of Hewlett Packard EnterpriseMeg Whitman says her favorite short motto is "Run to the fire." She's been in plenty of fires, metaphorically speaking. Most recently, Whitman had to figure out how to boost revenue at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which split off from Hewlett Packard in November 2015 and sells servers, software and more to businesses.
And she pulled it off. In late May the company announced that revenues for the second quarter this year grew 1% over the prior year's quarter - for the first time in five years. Better still, she announced yet another deal, agreeing to spin off HPE's enterprise services business and merge it with IT services firm Computer Sciences Corp. HPE stock rallied on the news.
In her 10 years as CEO of eBay, from 1998 to 2008, Whitman oversaw revenue growth from $5.7 million to $8 billion. Her stock in eBay, earned during that period, comprises the bulk of her estimated $2.1 billion fortune, and lands her at number 6 on Forbes' second annual list of Americas Richest Self Made Women.