CEO Fiorina Fought the Good Fight
No big-tech chief executive created value between 1999 and 2005. And Carly was one of them.
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
Aug. 18, 2015 7:06 p.m. ET
If you’re a Republican-leaning voter, you might prefer Jeb Bush, a calm, shrewd, practiced decision maker, for the challenges ahead. If, in its death throes, the Putin regime tries to grab the Baltic states. If an opportunity presents itself to plug away at America’s long-term competitiveness problems: its tax code, its entitlement system, its health-care system. But a reason not to reject Carly Fiorina is her mixed-bag tenure at Hewlett-Packard, which has lately been subjected to formulaic scorn by Donald Trump and business pundits. People get the wrong idea about CEOs, mostly from the media. CEOs are supposed to be magical persons who transform opportunities invisible to the rest of us into unlimited wealth. If only GM, some pundits moaned at the time of GM’s bankruptcy, had a Steve Jobs who could combine steel, plastic and glass in a way that would perform