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Cathie Lesjak

Cathie Lesjak
MBA 86

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Hewlett-Packard
Palo Alto, California

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Hewlett-Packard's core management philosophy, which recognizes that employees are a company's most valuable resource, helped create a steady stream of new challenges for Cathie Lesjak as she worked her way up from treasury analyst to chief financial officer at the storied Silicon Valley giant. "The skills and knowledge that I gained at Haas — my understanding of how to price and manage risk — play a role in almost all my decision-making," she says.

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