WASHINGTON — Carly Fiorina, a former business executive who until Feb. 10 was actively seeking the Republican presidential nomination, will speak March 21 at the American Bread Pac Dinner during the annual convention of the American Bakers Association.
“American Bakers PAC is thrilled to announce that Carly Fiorina will keynote the American Bakers PAC Dinner during the 2016 A.B.A. Convention,” said Stephen R. Avera, American Bakers PAC chairman and executive vice-president of Flowers Foods, Inc. “Fresh off the presidential campaign trail, Ms. Fiorina is a dynamic speaker who will share her insider’s perspective on the current presidential race, and her vision for America and beyond.”
The convention will be held at the Arizona Biltmore hotel in Phoenix.
Ms. Fiorina enjoyed a rapid business ascent, starting her career as a management trainee at A.T.&T. in 1980 and rising to become the company’s first executive officer. She was chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005, making her the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company.
After leaving H.P., Ms. Fiorina served as an adviser to Senator John McCain during his 2008 presidential campaign. Two years later she unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate seat held by Barbara Boxer of California. In May 2015 she announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination for the 2016 presidential election. She suspended her campaign Feb. 10 after finishing seventh in a field of 15 in the New Hampshire primary.
Despite suspending her presidential campaign, Ms. Fiorina has said she remains committed to fighting for Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are, and a status quo that no longer works for them.“We are very excited to bring such a well-respected and influential leader to Arizona for this year’s American Bakers PAC events,” said Kelly Knowles, senior political director for the A.B.A. “A limited number of high-dollar donors will also be able to meet personally with Ms. Fiorina during a roundtable discussion prior to the dinner. Funds raised will allow American Bakers PAC to support candidates who support bakers in this year’s critical election.”