FILE PHOTO - Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina Steps Down
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Fiorina has been lauded as one of the most powerful and prominent women in corporate America, a forceful CEO who sought to invigorate Hewlett-Packard with radical change during her nearly six-year tenure.
updated 8/24/2005 1:20:55 PM ET 2005-08-24T17:20:55

Carly Fiorina, the Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO deposed last winter for failing to deliver enough benefits from the company's acquisition of Compaq Computer Corp., is writing a book about her career.

The memoir, currently untitled, is scheduled to be published next year by Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin Group USA. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"Without question, Carly Fiorina has had one of the most fascinating and controversial careers in American business," Portfolio publisher Adrian Zackheim said in a statement Wednesday.

Fiorina, 50, was long lauded as one of the most powerful and prominent women in corporate America, a forceful CEO who sought to invigorate Hewlett-Packard with radical change during her nearly six-year tenure.

But her attempts to reinvent the company founded by two engineers in 1938 fell short of expectations. The company stumbled with several execution mistakes, especially after its hotly contested merger with Compaq closed in 2002.

In February 2005, directors ousted Fiorina. HP's stock at the time was down two-thirds from its peak in 2000.

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