Brand building expert and business turnaround specialist.
Ranked #50 in 2001.
Named by the Financial Times in 2009 as one of the 50 faces that shaped a decade.
Ran for Governor of California in 2010, winning the Republican primary.
Cited by The New York Times in 2008 as one of the women most likely to become the first female president of the USA, Whitman is credited with turning eBay from a small business into a major corporation and unparalleled global e-commerce engine. In her book, The Power of Many, Whitman lays out 10 values which, she argues, are essential tools for success and strong management in the 21st century, along with traditional business practices such as accountability and efficiency. She also argues that today’s technology and the transparency it brings demand organizations to align their culture and character with the values of their communities.
Whitman’s career began in brand management at Proctor & Gamble. She then spent eight years at Bain & Company and three years at the Walt Disney Company, where she became senior vice president of Disney Consumer Products Division. After serving as president of the Stride Rite Corporation’s Stride Rite Division, where she was responsible for the launch of the highly successful Munchkin baby shoes, Whitman became president and CEO of Florists Transworld Delivery, overseeing its transition from a florist-owned association to a for-profit, privately owned company. A period as general manager at Hasbro’s Preschool Division led to her appointment as president and CEO of eBay, in 1998, where she remained until 2008. In 2011, Whitman joined Hewlett Packard as CEO.
The Power of Many: Values for Success in Business and in (with Joan O’C Hamilton, Currency, 2010).
“Meg Whitman doesn’t just talk about important values such as integrity, accountability, authenticity and courage, she lives them.”
AG Lafley, former chairman, Proctor & Gamble