Carly Fiorina Fast Facts

(CNN)Here's a look at the life of Carly S. Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO and former 2016 Republican presidential candidate.

Personal:
Birth date:
September 6, 1954
Birth place: Austin, Texas
    Birth name: Cara Carleton Sneed
    Father: Joseph T. Sneed, III, federal judge and law professor
    Mother: Madelon Montross Juergens, artist (abstract painter)
    Marriages: Frank Fiorina (1985-present); Todd Bartlem (June 1977-1984, divorced)
    Children: Two stepdaughters with Frank Fiorina: Traci, 1971 and Lori Ann, 1974-2009
    Education: Stanford University, B.A., 1976; University of Maryland, M.B.A., 1980; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.S., 1989; attended UCLA School of Law
    Other Facts:
    Was the first woman to head a Fortune 500 company and a company in the Dow Jones Industrial Average when she became CEO and president of Hewlett-Packard Company in 1999.
    Was the first person to head HP who came from outside the company.
    Was the first female officer at AT&T when she was 35. By the age of 40 she was leading AT&T's North American operations.
    Began her career as a secretary in a real estate office.
    Timeline:
    1980 -
    Begins working for AT&T as a sales representative.
    April 1996 - Oversees Lucent Technologies, Inc. $3 billion initial public offering when it is spun off from AT&T.
    1998 - Becomes president of Lucent Technologies' global service-provider division.
    1998-2003 - Leads Fortune magazine's list of the 50 most powerful women.
    2000 - HP names Fiorina chairman of the board.
    September 3, 2001 - Hewlett-Packard buys Compaq Computer Corp., a move orchestrated by Fiorina amid opposition from both the Hewlett and the Packard families.
    February 8, 2005 - Resigns as HP CEO.
    October 9, 2006 - Publishes a memoir, "Tough Choices."
    October 2007 - Becomes a business commentator on the Fox Business Network.
    2008 - Serves as economic adviser to John McCain during his presidential campaign.
    February 20, 2009 - Is diagnosed with breast cancer at age 54.
    November 2, 2010 - Loses her bid to unseat California Senator Barbara Boxer. She campaigns against President Barack Obama's Affordable Healthcare Act and abortion rights.
    2014 - Launches the Unlocking Potential Project, a political action committee that aims to inform women voters about conservative positions and issues.
    February 24, 2015 - Supporters launch Carly for America, a super PAC to support Fiorina's presidential bid.
    May 4, 2015 - Announces her candidacy for president, becoming the first declared female candidate to seek the Republican Party's nomination.
    May 5, 2015 - Her book, "Rising to the Challenge: My Leadership Journey," is released.
    February 10, 2016 - Suspends her candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.
    March 9, 2016 - Fiorina endorses Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at a rally in Miami.