Meg Whitman, the former CEO of eBay, has resigned from three corporate boards, clearing the way for a 2010 run for California governor.
The 52-year-old Republican businesswoman departed the boards of eBay, Procter & Gamble and DreamWorks Animation SKG on Dec. 31, due to "personal reasons and time commitment," said her spokesman, Henry Gomez.
She "basically wanted to open her calendar to focus on other things," Gomez said.
Whitman, a billionaire from her decade at eBay, has been making noise in the California political sphere for months.
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She was a senior adviser to Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, traveled to the 2008 Republican National Convention with the California delegation, donated money ($150,000) to the state GOP, and is locked in a dispute with a cybersquatter over five political domain names such as whitmanforgovernor.com and meg2010.com.
In preparation for her potential campaign, she has already secured a campaign strategist, Jeff Randle, a former adviser to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and ex-Gov. Pete Wilson.
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