"A strong dollar creates currency headwinds for us as it has over much of the last three or four years," said Whitman, after HPE on Tuesday reported a slight estimate beat with its quarterly earnings. But revenue and outlook missed.
The dollar index hovered near last week's 13 ½-year high on Wednesday morning, after surging on expectations that U.S. interest rates would rise further than had earlier been anticipated due to prospects for increased fiscal stimulus under Trump's administration.
"When the dollar is strong our goods are more expensive overseas," Whitman told Squawk on the Street."
"We've got to manage that. It's part of our new reality," she said. "My view is [the dollar] is going to be strong for a couple of years, at least."
Despite supporting Hillary Clinton for president, Whitman, a Republican, also told CNBC she's going to give Trump "the benefit for the doubt," saying some of his policy proposals such as lowering corporate taxes would be good for HPE and corporate America overall.