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Encyclopedia > Meg Whitman

Margaret C. "Meg" Whitman (born August 4, 1956) has been the President and CEO of the online marketplace eBay since March 1998. Whitman joined eBay when the company had 29 employees and operated solely in the United States; eBay is now a global organization with over 11,000 employees. In addition to managing eBay, she currently serves on the Board of Directors of Procter & Gamble and DreamWorks Animation. According to Forbes magazine, Whitman was worth an estimated $1.3 billion in 2007. She is one of only seven women to have been repeatedly ranked among the world's most influential people by Time magazine. is the 216th day of the year (217th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the job of having the ultimate executive responsibility or authority within an organization or corporation. ... eBay headquarters in San Jose eBay North First Street satellite office campus (home to PayPal) eBay Inc. ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Procter & Gamble Co. ... DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The 1999 cover of Time magazine that featured the Time 100 The Time 100 is an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, as assembled by Time. ... Time (whose trademark is capitalized TIME) is a weekly American newsmagazine, similar to Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report. ...

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Background and education

Whitman attended Cold Spring Harbor High School in Cold Spring Harbor, NY. She attended Princeton University as an undergraduate where she was a member of the student organisation Business Today. She received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1979. Cold Spring Harbor High School is a public school for grades 7-12 in Cold Spring Harbor, New York. ... Cold Spring Harbor is a hamlet (and census-designated place) in Suffolk County, New York on the North Shore of Long Island. ... Princeton University is a private coeducational research university located in Princeton, New Jersey, in the United States of America. ... Founded in 1992, Business Today is an Indian magazine that focuses on economic trends. ... Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a tertiary degree in business management. ... Harvard Business School, officially named the Harvard Business School: George F. Baker Foundation, and also known as HBS, is one of the graduate schools of Harvard University. ...


Whitman began her working career at Procter & Gamble from 1979 to 1981, when she built her experience in brand management. She then spent eight years working for the consulting firm Bain & Company, eventually becoming a vice-president. Procter & Gamble Co. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... The discipline of brand management was started at Procter & Gamble PLC as a result of a famous memo by Neil H. McElroy. ... Bain & Company is a management consulting firm, headquartered in Boston, MA, recognized as one of the leading firms in the consulting industry. ...

From 1989 to 1992, Whitman was at the Walt Disney Company, where she served as the Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Disney Consumer Products Division. Alternate meanings: Disney (disambiguation) The Walt Disney Company (also known as Disney Enterprises, Inc. ...

From 1992 to 1995 she served as President of the Stride Rite Corporation's Stride Rite Childrens Division. The Stride Rite Corporation (NYSE: SRR) is an American shoe manufacturer based in Lexington, Massachusetts. ...

From 1995 to 1997, Whitman was President and CEO of Florists Transworld Delivery (FTD), but left to become the General Manager of Hasbro Inc.'s Preschool Division. Florists Transworld Delivery or FTD was founded as a retailers cooperative to help customers send flowers remotely on the same day by using florists in the FTD network who are near the intended recipient. ...

In 2005, she was interviewed by Disney's board of directors to succeed Michael Eisner as CEO, but dropped out a week later, prompting the board to give the job to Robert Iger. The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Robert A. Iger (born February 10, 1951) or Bob Iger is head of the Walt Disney Company. ...


Whitman donated a significant sum of money to her alma mater, Princeton University, said to have totaled more than $30 million which have allowed the construction of the university's sixth residential college, Whitman College, scheduled to open in Fall 2007. Whitman College is currently under construction, but it is set to become the sixth and newest residential college of Princeton University in the fall of 2007. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...

Political donations

As reported at Newsmeat.com, Whitman has made numerous political donations to various candidates and PACs. While these have gone to both Republican and Democratic beneficiaries, the donations seem to be weighted to Republican politicians such as Orrin Hatch, Charles Pickering, and George Allen. [1] Newsmeat. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Orrin Grant Hatch (born March 22, 1934) is a Republican United States Senator from Utah, serving since 1977. ... Charles Willis Pickering, Jr. ... George Felix Allen (born March 8, 1952) is a former Republican United States Senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the son of former NFL head coach George Allen. ...

Whitman is known as a supporter of former Massachusetts' Republican governor Mitt Romney's presidential campaign[1] in 2008 and is now on his "National Finance Team".[2] She is also listed as Finance co-chair of Romney's campaign exploratory committee. [3] Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947), known by the American public as Mitt Romney, was the 70th Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ... A political campaign is an effort to reach a certain political goal. ... 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


  1. ^ http://www.newsmeat.com/ceo_political_donations/Meg_Whitman.php
  2. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/03/us/politics/03money.html?ex=1177905600&en=3820b87532ea5dc6&ei=5070
  3. ^ http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/candidates/mitt.romney.html

External links

  • Biography at eBay's corporate site
  • Forbes article
  • 2008 Romney Campaign
  • Streaming video of a talk to Stanford's Graduate School of Business May 2006

  Results from FactBites:
CNN - Behind the scenes at eBay - January 13, 2000 (1752 words)
Whitman's credentials were among the best American education and business could offer, but her technical savvy was that of a casual user.
Whitman says her instinct told her the Internet was going to change everything and that something was going on with the trading community coalescing around eBay that gave it a leg up on other businesses.
Whitman's willingness to trust her instincts may be the key to her success in the frantic world of the Internet.
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