The 15 Most Relevant Hispanic Directors

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Our Latinos on Boards feature is one of the most complete list of Latinos serving on a Corporate Board. For ten years in a row, Latino Leaders has been working with various organizations, conducting interviews and presenting outstanding individuals who can be the perfect candidates to serve on a Corporate Board.

During last year’s research, we found some Directors whose leadership, commitment and professionalism have helped them stand-out as role models. All these Directors, have set an example to follow and have gone the extra mile to make the role of Board Director even more relevant before was in the past. They’ve contributed with some innovation and have even fought inside their own boards to bring more Latinos. We’re happy to distinguish them as our 15 Most Relevant Hispanic Directors of 2018. Congratulations!

 

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RAMON BAEZ

Retired

Ramón joined Hewlett-Packard in 2012, as a senior vice president and global chief information officer (CIO), a role in which he oversaw the worldwide information technology (IT) strategy and all of the company’s IT assets that supported Hewlett-Packard employees and helped to drive strategic company priorities. His career spans 40 years at global Fortune 100 companies in the manufacturing, packaged goods, aerospace and defense industries, and products and services for the scientific community. He deeply believes that business leaders need to take really good care of themselves, as if they were corporate athletes.

 

PREVIOUS:

Senior VP - Hewlett Packard Enterprise

BOARDS: Kaiser Permanente

EDUCATION: B.A. - University of La Verne

 

 

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CESAR CONDE

Chairman

NBC Universal Telemundo Enterprises/ NBCUniversal International Group

Under Conde’s leadership, Telemundo hit a historic milestone in 2016, by ranking as the #1 Spanish-language network. He joined NBCUniversal in October 2013 as Executive Vice President of NBCUniversal to oversee NBCU International and NBCU Digital Enterprises. Prior to NBCUniversal, Conde was the President of Univision Networks and served in a variety of senior executive capacities in the company. He is credited with transforming the Spanish-language media company into a leading global, multi-platform media brand.

 

PREVIOUS:

President - Univision Networks

BOARDS: PepsiCo, Owens Corning

EDUCATION: B.A. - Harvard University M.B.A. - Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

 

 

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RALPH DE LA VEGA

Chairman

The De La Vega Group

Ralph has been recognized by several prestigious organizations, including the magazine Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology, as one of the “50 Most Important Hispanics in Technology and Business” for three consecutive years. He was elected the Executive of the Year by the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting and was named the Atlanta Telecommunications Professional of the Year by the Atlanta Telecommunications Association. He has received numerous awards recognizing his leadership, including the Global Innovation Award from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University

 

PREVIOUS:

President & CEO - AT&T Mobile, Business Solutions

BOARDS: American Express Co., New York Life Insurance Co.

EDUCATION: B.S. - Florida Atlantic University M.B.A - Northern Illinois University

 

 

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JOSEPH ECHEVARRIA

Retired

He is a Certified Public Accountant. and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He has a Board significant experience in finance, accounting, global operations, executive management and corporate governance. Mr. Echevarria also joined other CEOs to address some of the country’s biggest challenges through participation in both the Fix the Debt campaign and the Business Roundtable.

 

PREVIOUS:

CEO - Deloitte LLP

BOARDS: UNUM Group, BNY Mellon, Pfizer, Xerox

EDUCATION: Business Administration - University of Miami

 

 

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LINDA GRIEGO

President & CEO

Griego Enterprises, Inc.

Recognized for her civic and community leadership by the city, county and several organizations including the Hispanics in Philanthropy, YMCA of Greater Metropolitan Los Angeles, MALDEF, the Anti-Defamation League, CORO Southern California, the White House Fellows Commission, San Francisco Hispanic Foundation, the Edmund G. Brown Institute of Public Affairs, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Hope.

 

PREVIOUS:

Founder & Owner - Restaurant Engine Co. 28

BOARDS: CBS, AECOM Technology Corp., American Funds

EDUCATION: B.A. - The University of California

 

 

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ROLAND HERNANDEZ

Founding Principal & CEO

Hernandez Media Ventures

Roland is the Founding Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Hernandez Media Ventures, a privately held company engaged in the acquisition and management of media assets. He has also served as Chairman of Telemundo Group, Inc., a Spanish-language television and entertainment company, from 1998 to 2000 and as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1995 to 2000.

 

PREVIOUS:

CEO - Telemundo Group, Inc.

BOARDS: MGM Resorts International, US Bancorp, Vail Resorts, Inc., Belmond Ltd.

EDUCATION: B.A. - Harvard University J.D. - Harvard University

 

 

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WILLIAM HERNANDEZ

Retired

William is a Certified Management Accountant. With over 40 years of experience his recongnition comes well-deserved. He was recognized by Institutional Investor Magazine as one of “America’s Best CFOs. He also taught finance and management courses at Marietta College.

 

PREVIOUS:

Senior VP & CFO - PPG Industries, Inc.

BOARDS: Albemarle, USG Corporation, Northrop Grumman

EDUCATION: B.Ec. - Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania M.B.A - Harvard University

 

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ALBERTO IBARGUEN

President & CEO

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

During his time as publisher, The Miami Herald won three Pulitzer Prices and El Nuevo Herald won Spain’s Ortega y Gasset Prize for excellence in journalism. For his work to protect journalists in Latin America, he received a Maria Moors Cabot citation from Columbia University. Wesleyan University, The George Washington University, University of Miami, Mercer University, the University of Nebraska, Arizona State University and Stephens College have awarded him honorary degrees.

 

PREVIOUS:

Publisher - The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald

BOARDS: American Airlines

EDUCATION: B.A., History – Wesleyan University J.D - University of

Pennsylvania Law School

 

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GUSTAVO LARA CANTU

Retired

Served on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Lara had worked for the Monsanto Company in various capacities for over 24 years.

 

PREVIOUS:

CEO, Latin America North Division - Monsanto Company

BOARDS: American Tower

 

 

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GRACE LIEBLEIN

Retired

In 2005, Automotive News named her as one of the Top 100 Women in the Auto Industry. She was named “Latino Executive of the Year” as part of the 2006 Urban Wheels Awards. In 2008, she was awarded the Corporate Achievement Award by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and in 2008, the President of the Kettering/General Motors Institute Alumni Association presented her with the Engineering Achievement Award.

 

PREVIOUS:

VP, Global Quality - General Motors

BOARDS: Honeywell International, Southwest Airlines, American Tower

EDUCATION: B.A., Industrial Engineering - Kettering University M.B.A - Michigan State University

 

 

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MARITZA MONTIEL

Retired

As Deputy CEO, Maritza led a variety of strategic initiatives including the transformation of the $1.4 billion Federal Government Services Practice. She was also a member of the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited Global Board of Directors. She serves on the Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is Past-Treasurer of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., Past-Chairman of Goodwill Industries of Greater Washington and is a member of the Board of the Economic Club of Washington DC.

 

PREVIOUS:

Deputy CEO - Deloitte, LLP

BOARDS: Comcast Corporation, APTAR Group, McCormick & Company, Royal Caribbean Cruises

EDUCATION: Business Administration, Accounting - University of Miami

 

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ROSENDO PARRA

Partner

Daylight Partners

Rosendo has more than 25 years of experience as a successful executive in the technology industry. He spent 14 years at Dell Inc. in various executive positions. including Senior Vice President for the Home and Small Business Group and Senior Vice President and General Manager, Dell Americas. In those roles, he led Dell Inc.’s activities in the Americas, including marketing, sales, manufacturing, logistics/distribution, call center operations, and services to all customer segments in the Americas. After 14 years at Dell Inc., he retired to co-found Daylight Partners.

 

PREVIOUS:

Senior VP, Home & Small Business - Dell, Inc.

BOARDS: PG&E Corporation, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

EDUCATION: B.A., Marketing – University of Maryland

 

 

 

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GEORGE PAZ

Retired

Mr. Paz has extensive knowledge about Express Scripts and the opportunities and challenges we face, and brings over 30 years of experience to our board of directors, including over ten years as our chief executive officer and over six years as our chief financial officer. Mr. Paz has experience in relevant areas such as tax, financial reporting, accounting and controls, corporate finance, insurance and risk management, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, government regulation, and employee health benefits.
 

PREVIOUS:

CEO - Express Scripts, Inc.

BOARDS: Express Scripts, Honeywell International, Prudential Financial

EDUCATION: B.S., Business Administration & Accounting - University of Missouri

 

 

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ANGEL A. RUIZ

President & CEO

Media Solutions, Ericsson

In 2010, Ruiz was awarded the Gifford K. Johnson Community Leadership Award from the University of Texas at Dallas. He chaired CTIA’s Suppliers’ Council since 2009. He was also involved in project and product management and worked in customer support assignments in Mexico, Venezuela and Sweden. Ruiz was presented the Tech Titan CEO Award by the Metroplex Technology Business Council.

 

PREVIOUS:

Head of Region - Ericsson, North America

BOARDS: Liberty Mutual

EDUCATION: B.S., Electrical Engineering - University of Central Florida Mgmt. Science, Info Systems - John Hopkins University

 

 

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MYRNA SOTO

Partner

ForgePoint Capital

Myrna was recently named to Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Latinas in Business” for the second consecutive year. She has over 25 years of experience in leadership positions. She has led multiple cybersecurity transformation programs in major communications, media, hospitality, financial services and critical infrastructure organizations. CNET also named her one of the top 20 Most Influential Technology Latinos in 2014.

 

PREVIOUS:

SVP, Global CISO - Comcast Corporation

BOARDS: CMS Energy Corporation, Consumers Energy Company, Spirit Airlines, Popular, Inc.

EDUCATION: B.A. - Florida International University M.S, Industrial Psychology M.B.A – Nova Southeastern University

 

 


WE’D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT OF BERNADETTE AULESTIA FOR HER FIRST DIRECTOR APPOINTMENT AT DENNY’S CORPORATION

 

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BERNADETTE S. AULESTIA

President, Global Distribution

HBO

Aulestia oversees $6 billion in annual revenue and distribution of HBO’s networks and platforms worldwide. Internationally, she is responsible for the operations of HBO-branded networks in 67 countries. Domestically, she leads distributions for the premium networks HBO and Cinemax, whether it be through cable, satellite, and telco companies or in the critical lodging business. Aulestia oversees HBO’s affiliate marketing group, which is responsible for the acquisition and retention of subscribers across all distributor partners. She also heads digital distribution efforts, including streaming products HBO GO, MAX GO, the newly launched HBO NOW, and HBO Home Entertainment. She has been featured twice in FORTUNE’s list of the “Most Powerful Latinas in Business”.

 

PREVIOUS:

EVP, Global Distribution - HBO

BOARDS: Denny’s