“Most of us can’t even begin to imagine.” ~ Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Summary: Margaret Cushing “Meg” Whitman is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and the Chairwoman of HP Inc, as well as a political activist and donor. Whitman is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School. Whitman served as an executive in The Walt Disney Company, where she was Vice President of Strategic Planning throughout the 1980s. In the 1990s, Whitman served as an executive for DreamWorks, Procter & Gamble, and Hasbro. Whitman then served as President and Chief Executive Officer of eBay, from 1998 to 2008. In February 2009, Whitman announced her candidacy for Governor of California, becoming the third woman in a 20-year period to run for the office, although she was defeated by Jerry Brown in the 2010 California gubernatorial election by 54% to 41%. In 2014, Whitman was named 20th in Forbes List of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World.

Nationality: American

Company: Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Net worth: 2.8 billion USD (2017)

Q: Are there challenges when making such a big decision in a company as large as yours? on bbc.com

A: The bigger you are the harder it is to be fast, because you’ve got so many people involved in every decision. Our view was – given the backdrop of the technology industry – [being] smaller [and] more focused was going to be important.