Former HP chief Carly Fiorina has become a candidate for another top job - as head of the World Bank.

The Times reports Fiorina, a friend of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, was instrumental in securing a licensing deal for the iPod from HP, is reportedly on the short list for the job, which current World Bank president, James Wolfensohn, is leaving in May.

Fiorina joins Randall Thomas, former chief executive of Eli Lilly, John Taylor, the US Treasury Under-Secretary, and Jim Leach, a Republican congressman.

Yankee Group analyst Laura Didio told NewsFactor: "Given her style, and for some people, given the fact that she's a woman, some felt she was moving too far too fast (at HP)."

The appointment will be decided by the US Treasury. The successful candidate will take the reins on June 1.