With stints as CEO of eBay and Hewlett-Packard on her CV, Whitman has perhaps more right than most to declare her business and leadership experience puts her on solid footing when it comes to political roles.
Whitman joined online auction website eBay in 1998, when the business was only three years old. Spending a decade there as president and CEO, she oversaw growth to $8bn in revenues, the acquisitions of PayPal and Skype and recognition from the Financial Times as one of the 50 faces that ‘shaped the decade .
Three years after stepping down from eBay, Whitman became a director at Hewlett Packard. A promotion to CEO came less than a year later. However, her achievements at HP are widely believed to not match those at eBay. She still sits as CEO of the newly-created HP Enterprise business, but her time there has been dogged by a falling share price and the highly-contentious acquisition of British company Autonomy.
Perhaps wanted to prove herself outside of the business arena, Whitman had made a move to become governor of California in 2010. Paying for the campaign personally, she spent nearly $150m in a failed campaign.
She came under fire after revelations showed she hadn?t voted in 28 years and for reportedly hiring an illegal worker as her housekeeper.
Perhaps stung by failing in the political arena, Whitman has not attempted to run for any other public office since preferring instead to move back into the world of the CEO.
Despite previously backing Republication presidential candidates in the US election, despite her patchy voting record, Whitman has come out in public to support Hilary Clinton and donated to her campaign.