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    How much of what Meg Whitman's Bio can be traced and proven? we will examine her qualifications in this thread

    Meet Meg Whitman
    Meg Whitman fell in love with California as a young girl. Although Meg was born and raised on
    Long Island, New York, her intrepid and adventurous mother, Margaret, packed six‐year‐old
    Meg and her brother and sister into a Ford Econoline van in 1962 and spent three months carcamping
    throughout the West. Meg’s fondest memories: the majesty of Yosemite’s towering
    cliffs and the thrill of Disneyland’s spinning teacups. “California seemed larger than life, a place
    where anything was possible,” Meg recalls.
    A strong student and a versatile athlete, Meg attended Princeton University, where she
    received a degree in economics. She then went on to Harvard Business School, where she
    received her MBA in 1979. Her first professional job was as a brand assistant at Procter &
    Gamble in Cincinnati. But Meg soon found herself happily headed to California again, this time
    as a young bride with her husband, Griff Harsh, who had accepted a neurosurgical residency at
    the University of California, San Francisco. Meg joined the consulting firm Bain & Co.’s San
    Francisco office, where she would work for the next eight years, eventually becoming a vice
    president. At Bain, Meg developed her keen ability to analyze challenges and solve problems
    by “focusing intensely on the small number of changes that can make the largest possible
    difference.” Also during this time in San Francisco, Meg and Griff decided to start their family
    and sons, Griff and Will, were born.
    Meg’s career led her to key executive positions at some of America’s best‐known companies,
    including Disney, Stride Rite, FTD and Hasbro. Each career stop helped prepare her for the
    unprecedented opportunity that Meg encountered in the fall of 1997, when she met the
    founder of a tiny start‐up called eBay. Meg had honed a style of leadership that emphasized
    listening and teamwork. She was a seasoned manager of large, complex organizations. Meg
    immediately saw in eBay the makings of a great company. eBay had married the Internet’s
    communication and networking capabilities to create a novel and efficient trading market. It
    also had something very rare ‐‐ an exuberant community of users who loved eBay and who
    pulled together to make it work and grow.
    At eBay, Meg made history. Meg steered eBay through the dot‐com rise and fall that saw the
    vast majority of high‐flying start‐ups crash and burn, while eBay turned in one quarter of
    dramatic growth after another. When she joined eBay, the company had just $4.7 million in
    revenues and 30 employees; when she retired in March of 2008, ten years later, the company
    had nearly $8 billion in revenues and 15,000 employees worldwide – with millions of users in
    California alone. During that journey, Meg appeared on many “top CEO” lists and national
    magazine covers. Time ranked her among the world’s most influential people. Fortune ranked
    her the most powerful woman in business in 2004 and 2005. And Business Week listed her
    among business’ top managers year after year.
    Meg’s widely regarded leadership and organizational skills attracted attention beyond
    business. As the leader of a global company that created a huge number of jobs, Meg
    developed strong ideas about the ingredients for 21st century success at every scale, from small
    business to the corporate level, from local to state to national government. Governor Mitt
    Romney asked Meg to serve as his National Finance Co‐Chair during the 2008 presidential
    primary campaign. After Gov. Romney exited the race, Senator John McCain asked Meg to
    serve as National Co‐Chair for McCain‐Palin. Meg worked tirelessly leading fundraising efforts
    and advising on key policy issues. She has also worked on behalf of local elected candidates and
    has personally contributed to and participated in numerous Get Out the Vote efforts on behalf
    of congressional and legislative candidates.
    Meg traveled the nation and spoke with voters. During these campaigns, she saw a critical need
    for more focused problem solving in government by those with the tools to lead and the
    willingness and independence to challenge the status quo. Her decade at the helm of eBay
    came to a close just as California’s growing economic crisis was unfolding. Job losses,
    undisciplined spending and the declining performance of California’s schools were deeply
    troubling to Meg and she thought carefully about how she could lend her experiences to help.
    In February 2009, she announced her candidacy to become California’s next governor. “We’ve
    got to focus – we’ve got to create jobs, cut spending, and invest in fixing our educational
    system,” Meg says.
    Meg has committed her energy, her trademark optimism and her belief in fiscal restraint to the
    challenge of rebuilding California. She has done so with the full support of her family, which is
    her greatest source of pride. Meg and her husband, Griff, a neurosurgeon at Stanford Hospital,
    have been married for nearly 30 years. Their two sons are now young adults. Meg and her
    family are ardent outdoor enthusiasts who love hiking, skiing, fly fishing and enjoying all of
    California’s natural treasures. “If we let California fail, we all fail,” she says. “And we love
    California too much to let it fail. We have to work together to make it the place of our dreams
    Last edited by AyatollahGondola; 04-25-2010, 09:53 AM.