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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Carly Fiorina's Testimony

Carly Fiorina's Testimony


"The technology industry would not exist without the contributions of Arab mathematicians"

In one of her lectures, Carly Fiorina, the CEO of Hewlett-Packard, said:

" I’ll end by telling a story.

There was once a civilization that was the greatest in the world.


It was able to create a continental super-state that stretched from ocean to ocean, and from northern climes to tropics and deserts. Within its dominion lived hundreds of millions of people, of different creeds and ethnic origins.

One of its languages became the universal language of much of the world, the
bridge between the peoples of a hundred lands. Its armies were made up of people
of many nationalities, and its military protection allowed a degree of peace and
prosperity that had never been known. The reach of this civilization’s
commerce extended from Latin America to China, and everywhere in between.

And this civilization was driven more than anything, by invention. Its
architects designed buildings that defied gravity. Its mathematicians created
the algebra and algorithms that would enable the building of computers, and the
creation of encryption. Its doctors examined the human body, and found new cures
for disease. Its astronomers looked into the heavens, named the stars, and paved
the way for space travel and exploration.

Its writers created thousands of stories. Stories of courage, romance and
magic. Its poets wrote of love, when others before them were too steeped in fear
to think of such things.

When other nations were afraid of ideas, this civilization thrived on them,
and kept them alive. When censors threatened to wipe out knowledge from past
civilizations, this civilization kept the knowledge alive, and passed it on to

While modern Western civilization shares many of these traits, the
civilization I’m talking about was the Islamic world from the year 800
to 1600, which included the Ottoman Empire and the courts of Baghdad, Damascus
and Cairo, and enlightened rulers like Suleiman the Magnificent.

Although we are often unaware of our indebtedness to this other civilization,
its gifts are very much a part of our heritage. The technology industry would
not exist without the contributions of Arab mathematicians."

  • Who is Carly Fiorina?

Carleton S. (Carly) Fiorina is chairman and chief executive officer of
Hewlett-Packard Company. HP is a leading global provider of computing and
imaging solutions and services and is focused on making technology and its
benefits accessible to all.

Since joining HP in July 1999, Fiorina has led HP's reinvention as a company
that makes the Internet work for businesses and consumers. Under her leadership,
HP has returned to its roots of innovation and inventiveness and is focused on
delivering the best total customer experience.

Prior to joining HP, she spent nearly 20 years at AT&T and Lucent
Technologies, where she held a number of senior leadership positions in sales
and marketing. As president of Lucent's Global Service Provider Business, she
expanded the company's international business and spearheaded the planning and
execution of its initial public offering and subsequent spin-off from AT&T.

Fiorina holds a bachelor's degree in medieval history and philosophy from
Stanford University; a master's degree in business administration from the
Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland at College
Park, Md.; and a master of science degree from MIT's Sloan School. In July 2001,
she was named an Honorary Fellow of London Business School. She serves on the
board of Cisco Systems and was previously a board member of the Kellogg Company
and Merck & Company.

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