HP Employees Sang ‘Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead’ When Fiorina Was Fired
After her firing, Fiorina wrote in her memoir, Perkins mailed her a letter wishing her luck on her next career move and saying, “If it should be to seek an elected office, I would be honored if you would let me participate on the fundraising side.”
In public, however, he continued to excoriate her, saying in interviews during his 2007 book tour that HP employees sang, “Ding, Dong, the Witch is Dead” after her firing and adding, “She still doesn’t understand that she bears some responsibility for that. It’s amazing.”
Under Fiorina, HP shares fell more than 50 percent, far worse than those of competitors such as IBM and Dell. Amid a high-profile merger with Compaq Computer, more than 30,000 workers lost their jobs at a six-decade-old company that had never previously endured such downsizing.