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Fiorina moves on to speaking engagements

Former HP chief has signed up to become a pay-for-hire speaker on topics such as leadership, competitiveness and workplace diversity.

Former Hewlett-Packard chief Carly Fiorina has resurfaced, joining up with a Washington-based company that provides high-profile speakers for events.


Carly Fiorina

Fiorina, 50, who in February was ousted from HP after serving as CEO for about five and a half years, has signed on with the Washington Speakers Bureau, a group that offers politicians, businesspeople, athletes and others for paid speaking engagements.

Among other luminaries affiliated with the organization are former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, business journalist and CNN anchorman Lou Dobbs, and former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich.

According to the group's Web site, to which Fiorina's profile was recently added, the former HP leader is available to speak about leadership, among other subjects, drawing from her experiences at the computing giant and other former employers, which include Lucent Technologies. Her profile on the site also lists several other topics, including change in the business world, competitiveness, diversity and women in leadership, and technology.

Fiorina's fee code is listed as "6," which in the organization's parlance means "$40,001 & up." The site says that exact fees are available from the organization, but a call from News.com was not immediately returned.

Fiorina was ousted from HP in February. To replace her, HP chose Mark Hurd, 48, who is best known for his work building the Teradata storage business at NCR.


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Despite HP's decision that Fiorina was no longer the best-suited person to lead it, at the time of her departure Robert Wayman, HP's chief financial officer, praised her accomplishments.

"In her six years as CEO, Carly has revitalized the company," Wayman said in a memo to employees. "She had a strategic vision that has given HP the capabilities to compete and win. Through her leadership and vision, HP has laid a solid foundation for success in the marketplace."