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OUR BEST EVER LIST OF LATINOS SERVING ON F1000 CORPORATE BOARDS AS OF TODAY. More than 100 more from last year in a unprecedent rise! Plus the Best Candidates for a Board seat + Latino Foreign Nationals included + 440 individuals listed + 25 Exclusive Interviews with Directors + Meet the most relevant advocates and search firms positioning Directors + Richard Carrion Chairman Banco Popular exclusive + Charts.

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On behalf of our board of directors, leadership team and global colleagues, we congratulate you on your well-deserved recognition by Latino Leaders magazine. Your mentorship to many and stewardship in our ascension to the global premier organizational consulting firm reflect the spirit of Korn Ferry – that tomorrow will always be More Than today. Congratulations on this recognition and thank you sincerely for four years of service to our firm and shareholders.

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SPECIAL EDITION LATINOS ONBOARDS 2021 •14. e-Learning for Latinos Students; main Universities present their initiatives •24. Victor Arias Jr. the relentless Latino talent advocate, talks about his visions of the times we’re living Michelle Hawkins

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Pioneering for a better future starts with diverse leaders

Yvette Meléndez

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MITRE and its Board of Trustees congratulate Yvette and Adalio for their selection to Latino Leaders Magazine 12th Annual Latinos on Boards.

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IT WAS EARLY May 2021 when we received one of the best calls of the year. It was Ralph de la Vega with a fantastic idea. “Jorge, Latino participation on boards is still very low, frankly disappointing. We need to do something about it”. And then he came with the idea of a super, ultra-vetted list of candidates for boards, researched by us, curated by only 100% trusted sources, “… people we know of their reputation and capacity”. It took me zero to say “I’m in!” In the months that came after that call we started working hands on the list we’re presenting on page 176 of this edition. We have published several lists in the past with individuals aspiring to be Directors, most of them came for the very own organizations who we partner with to make this edition possible: LCDA, HACR, NACD, etc. Their candidates are super capable executives that have even completed professional training as directors. And we’re going to keep partnering with them to publish these lists in future editions. However, what we call the Ultimate List of Latinos for Boards will be always our endorsement for these leaders. It will be a live document, in the cloud, free for everyone to access and ever updating. This will be a powerful resource for those boards looking to invite new members. Please enjoy this year’s Latinos on Boards edition for we put countless hours and work on it, to have a reliable report of the Latino talent in board service in America. And in a very pleasant visit to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, we had the chance to have a personal chat with Richard Carrion, Chairman of Banco Popular, an icon on Puerto Rico’s business community. The conversation was fantastic, with great stories and anecdotes. A real story of leadership and commitment. All in all, more than 30 people interviewed in this edition, more than 440 individuals listed and the generous participation of 62 corporations supporting and congratulating their Latino leadership. We’re so proud to present this edition to you!

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THE PARADOX OF SELF-CONTROL Throughout history we have heard thousands of stories about successful people achieving difficult goals or failing to reach them. EVERY SINGLE YEAR AMERICANS have New Year’s resolutions. If you visit, you can find a list of the most popular New Year’s resolutions Americans make. On that list you probably won’t be surprised to find the following: •Lose Weight •Exercise More •Quit Smoking •Improve Finances As we all know there is a high failure rate to achieve these goals, but why? You will hear comments such a lack of willpower or self-control. And by self-control, I mean that inner strength that successfully helps you avoid temptations, distractions, and guides your actions in pursuit of a goal. Celebrities who have spoken openly about their many attempts to lose weight and keep it off know exactly what needs to happen and what they need to do but they still fail. The paradox of self-control turns out to be that even successful people with a lot of self-control sometimes run out of it. According to Heidi Grant Halvorson, PhD., in her book “Succeed”, she explains that psychologists have come to understand that the capacity for self-control is very much like a muscle. Self-control can vary in its strength, not only from person to person, but from moment to moment. Even well-developed muscles sometimes get tired, and so too does your self-control muscle. So, what can do you about it? Certainly, now that you know what self-control is, you can plan accordingly. Since we have used the analogy that self-control is like a muscle, then you can rest for a while, and you will get your strength back. Self-control is about inhibiting strong impulses. However, if you want to reduce the frequency and intensity of strong impulses then focus on the strength of self-regulation. In fact, self-regulation is what makes self-control possible, or, in many cases, unnecessary.

• People with high self-control report fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression, are better able to control anger, and generally get along better with people. • People skilled at self-regulation are in charge of their emotions rather than the other way around. •Self-regulation is associated with achieving goals and being successful in many endeavors, including academic, athletic, and work performance. • Self-regulation is linked with better personal adjustment, such as having fewer physical and psychological problems and having a greater sense of self-acceptance and self-esteem in relationships. • Self-control helps in the prevention and management of addictions.

Self-control is neither innate nor unchangeable. It is learned, developed, and made stronger (or weaker) over time. Recent research has shown that engaging in daily activities such as exercising, meditating, keeping track of your finances or what you are eating, even just remembering to sit up straight every time you think of it can help you develop your overall self-control capacity. The strength of self-regulation relates to more health behaviors than any other In the book, The Power of Character Strengths, au- strength. Imagine managing your emothored by Ryan Niemiec, PsyD. He explains that there tions, exercising routines, eating habits, is research that supports the benefits of the strength of and even your attention levels today. self-regulation: How will self-regulation help you be more successful in life? If you are interested in discovering your character strengths, such as self-regulation, visit the AlliancesHub website and take the free VIA Survey to get your strengths profile.

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Leadership requires diverse thinking.

Joseph J. Echevarria BNY Mellon Board Chair since 2019 Board Member since 2015

At BNY Mellon, we celebrate the strength that comes from diversity. So we’re proud to congratulate Joe on being recognized by Latino Leaders Magazine in its Latinos on Boards issue. We thank Joe for his many contributions on the BNY Mellon board and salute his distinguished leadership and lifelong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. He’s one more person at BNY Mellon who knows what it means to Consider Everything. ©2021 The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation. All rights reserved.

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WHAT WE NEED TO LEARN FROM IT… IT’S OK TO STARE Obra de Vincent Valdez LIFE ENDS when we stop being important 01 02 Obra de Devon Rodriguez to others. Art and genres die the same way. 03 Obra de Johan Barrios This is an outstandingly simple equation! Let’s not abstruse our lives and dehumanize art with complicated descriptions and time consuming and ridiculous cacophonic stories of what the artist was thinking or envisioned to communicate trough his work. To unravel the Latino art’s constant relationship between art as a communication channel and the artists recognition and personal judgement by his own work. It takes only one beyond simple step. There is no art without an artist and there is no artist without art. Stare at the artwork, let it talk to you. Read by yourself and encode the message. Let it run-through your rationalities, your mind, wisdom and logic. Unscramble the essential from the insignificant through the senses, taking your inner life to realize a solid vision full of possibilities and solutions. Feel the materials and media, smell it, and then decode. I said it once before, we are an audience eager to learn more about the purpose and value of each artist’s message. Those historically unheard and untold tales, those (un) belonging borders and boundaries that prevail constantly in silence. In recent years three young “Latino Colossus”; Johan Barrios, Vincent Valdez and Devon Rodriguez have slowly surfaced from an obscure sewer of an ignored genre. A genre, shadowed by unnecessary prerogatives, discrimination and lack of recognition that shows the power and message of its artists. This, is their work… Again, stare at the work, chose your own conclusions. Find out what you like and why you like it. Uncover and read the artist message and with all these elements together, you will understand the magnificence of the Latino Art.





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No one knows how important it is getting to and graduating from college than Julio Hernandez. As a first- generation high school and college graduate and current Ph.D. candidate whose parents were not able to go to school past fifth grade, Hernandez sets the example for young men of color of why and how graduating from college can change the trajectory of one’s life. However, as he also knows, the path to get there isn’t easy and navigating it can be daunting. FOLLOW US

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ulio Hernandez, who today is assistant vice president for inclusive excellence and executive director for Hispanic outreach at Clemson University, also serves as the co-chair of the University’s Men of Color National Summit. Five years ago, the summit was created to help close the opportunity gap and to illuminate clearer pathways to higher edu-

cation for Latino and African American high school young men. Young high school men like Hernandez once was, who have aspirations to go to college, dreams of careers to pursue and impact to make. In 2021, Clemson celebrates the historically sold-out summit’s fifth year, where more than 2,100 students, educators and administrators, business and community leaders come together from across the country to listen, learn, network and then leave inspired to apply it all to impact change in their communities. Keynote and breakout speakers will focus on career and professional development; entrepreneurship; masculinity and personal identity; retention rates, graduation and student achievement; and social and community engagement. Due to Clemson’s commitment towards inclusive excellence, the University’s Hispanic/Latinx student body on campus increased from 3% to 6% in just in three years, better reflecting the demographics of South Carolina where



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Clemson is located. Hispanic applications have steadily increased. In 2019, they made up 6.7% of all applications. In 2020, that number increased to 7.2%, and in 2021 to 8.7%. The long-term results of developing a college educated workforce rich with Latino and African American young men means organizations have a more diverse pool of potential talent to choose from to build high-performing teams. The Boeing Company and Ally Financial recognized the value and opportunity that initiatives like Clemson’s Men of Color National Summit can bring to the future workforce. Both organizations have invested in the summit as its presenting sponsors. Many other notable organizations - on a local, statewide, and national level, have also invested in the initiative. To cultivate a college-going culture amongst first-generation high school students and provide mentoring relationships to help students navigate the path to applying for colleges, Clemson formed the Tiger Alliance. This college access program is comprised of a cohort of approximately 400 high school Latino and African-American young men from Upstate, SC high schools who benefit from access to information about college fairs and expos, a mentoring relationship with a current college student, college-prep workshops, college tours and attendance at the

Men of Color National Summit hosted by Clemson University. Through The Boeing Company’s investment across the University’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, the Boeing STEM Tiger Alliance Scholarship was established. The first recipient was Alejandro Jaramillo, who graduated in May 2021 from Legacy Early College in Greenville, SC and is a Tiger Alliance participant. He was awarded a full scholarship to attend Clemson University, where he will be a College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences student this fall with the hope of securing a career in aeronautical engineering working for NASA or SpaceX. Included in this year’s keynote speaker line up are José Hernández, NASA engineer and former Space Shuttle mission STS-128 astronaut, and Victor Sáenz, Ph.D, department chair and professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Texas, Austin and founder of Project MALES. Clemson’s Julio Hernandez sees the impact the summit makes on attendees each year and reflects, “I would not be where I am today if so many people hadn’t mentored and helped me in the process. I was the first one in my family to go to college and I know what it has done for my life. I have a duty to help others.”

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MAKING THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE By Ralph de la Vega ACCORDING TO THE 2020 U.S. Census the Hispanic population grew at a rate of 23% to reach 62 million. This data also confirms what we feared: Hispanics continue to have the greatest representation gap on American corporate boards. While Hispanics now represent 18.7% of the population, they only represent 3.8% of the directors on Fortune 500 boards1. Unless something is done to change the current trends that gap will grow larger as Hispanics are expected to represent 27.5% of the U.S. population by 20602. Despite their under representation on Fortune 500 boards (and boards in general) I continue to get calls from qualified Hispanic candidates asking advice on how to get considered for board positions. They all seem to have one thing in common. They have a hard time getting noticed and feel like they are invisible to companies and search firms. The Latino Corporate Directors Association (LCDA), the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), and Latino Leaders Magazine have worked for a number of years to highlight the disparity and to spotlight the great Hispanic talent available. These efforts (and those of many others) are starting to show results. The most recent issue of Spencer Stuart’s S&P 500 Board Diversity Snapshot shows that Hispanic directors make up 7% of the new S&P 500 Directors in 2021 compared to 3% in 2020. This is encouraging but much more progress needs to be made. The recent approval by the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) of Nasdaq’s (National Association of Securities Dealers & Automated Quotations) proposed rule changes3 should be a huge stimulant to drive diversity in the boardrooms across America. I applaud Nasdaq’s decision and have committed to work with Latino Leaders Magazine and others to develop and promote a vetted list of board-ready Hispanic candidates who can compete for these positions.

THIS LIST AND OTHERS LIKE IT SHOULD SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE THE VISIBILITY OF THESE DESERVING CANDIDATES. BUT IT GETS BETTER… In the process of developing this list I have come across an amazing number of great candidates. They all have extensive experience in the executive suite of Fortune 500 companies, they have an unquestionable educational profile, they have experience in areas of current priority for organizations, and they are 50/50 mix of men and women. This list and others like it should significantly increase the visibility of these deserving candidates. (This list is published for the first time in pages 176-180 of this same edition) But it gets better… Santa Clara University has agreed to develop a LatinX Board Readiness Program similar to their Black Corporate Board Readiness program which has received great praise among participants. I have agreed to serve as an Advisory Board member to Santa Clara University and look forward to the rollout of the new program. Latino Leaders Magazine has agreed to help promote the program and publicize the need for experienced board members to serve as volunteer mentors.

Ralph de la Vega: Board Director for: New York Life Insurance, American Express, Ubicquia, Amdocs.

The greater visibility of underrepresented board candidates, the development of a program to improve their board readiness, and a group of volunteer board members to mentor them makes for a powerful combination. If we work together we will make the invisible visible and in doing so help ensure that in the future, boardrooms will more fully reflect the diversity of our great country. Can we count you as a volunteer mentor? 4

Deloitte Missing Pieces Report 6th Edition. 2 U.S Census Bureau The new “comply or explain”rule requires Nasdaq listed companies to have two board members from underrepresented groups or explain why they don’t comply with the recommended targets. 4 To volunteer send an email 1 3


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More pressure has arisen for boards to focus on racial diversity. Yet Latinos have largely been left out of this progress. Over the last decade, Latinos have lost ground with the Latino population growing two times faster than their representation on Fortune 500 boards. To make matters worse, recent reports show that Latinos have the widest gap to close in corporate board representation of all underrepresented groups. According to one of the leading executive and board recruitment firms, Heidrick & Struggles, Latinos received the least amount of new Fortune 500 board appointments in 2020 with only 17 seats or 4 percent of the 424 appointments going to a Latino. As the nation’s largest ethnic group, US Latinos are the engine driving economic growth in the United States, Latinos are 20 percent of the population, command $2.6 trillion in GDP, and Latino purchasing power is growing 70 percent faster than non-Latino. Still, Latino representation on Russell 3000 company boards is staggeringly low at a mere 2.3 percent. Companies that do not have the benefit of a Latino perspective are missing out on this fast-growing market.

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Supply is not an obstacle. The LCDA is part of the solution, leading in advocating for, growing, and opening up opportunities and demand for Latinos in corporate leadership and board governance. As a source of vetted talent, LCDA has developed one of the most powerful networks of respected and accomplished Latino leaders in corporate leadership. LCDA’s robust membership of experienced corporate directors and qualified executives bring extensive business experience from all industries to the boardroom. LCDA serves as a key talent hub and strategic ally by supporting board influencers and public and private organizations seeking to diversify their board. LCDA tracks Latino board representation on the Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 through its publicly available online search tool,, raising awareness of the underrepresentation of Latinos on the boards of America's largest companies. To learn more visit: In Collaboration with:



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ELEVATING THE CALL FOR GREATER HISPANIC/LATINO INCLUSION ON CORPORATE BOARDS The recent release of the 2020 US Census data confirms what we have known for decades. The Latino population is growing, and Corporate America is taking note of our increasing economic influence. While we are seeing a burgeoning presence of Latinos in corporate America in early career to mid-level management positions, there is a significant drop-off at senior-level positions and the corporate boards. LAST JUNE, the Alliance for Board Diversity (ABD) and Deloitte jointly released our Missing Pieces Report: The Board Diversity Census of Women and Minorities on Fortune 500 Boards which documented in detail the current and historical diversity of Fortune 500 corporate boards over the last ten years. The ABD organizations comprise Catalyst, The Executive Leadership Council, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), and Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) with Diversified Search as a consulting member. The report showed that Latinos make up only 4.1% of all Fortune 500 corporate boards seats with Latinas representing just 1.0%. While our representation is poor among Fortune 500 boards, it's worse when you look at the thousands of mid-capitalization and small-capitalization publicly traded and privately held corporate boards. While there are many theories on why corporate America has lagged in its inclusion of Latinos on corporate boards, one thing is certain: Unless there is visible accountability for board diversity, those boards will continue to default to their status quo. That is why HACR and many diversity-focused organizations are taking our advocacy beyond the

communities and institutional investor initiatives is a good example. HACR will continue to strongly advocate for greater Hispanic inclusion at all levels of corporate America, including on corporate boards. There are many things that every person can do to support the board diversity movement, including activating your shareholder communications, attending shareholder annual meetings, and amplifying the call for greater Hispanic inclusion on corporate boards on your own social media platforms. As we raise our voices together, corporate America will increasingly hear the message and shift its corporate culture to meet the demands for greater Hispanic inclusion. HACR and many diversity-focused organizations have programs that prepare candidates for board service. But corporate America must do more to change the culture of their boardrooms towards one that promotes inclusion of Latino board directors. This is not just the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do, as our country becomes increasingly diverse. The many companies that are getting it right deserve our praise. Meanwhile, others not only lack ethnic and racial diversity, but still fall short on gender diversity. This movement may be a long journey, but together, HACR and our collaborative institutional and organizational allies are prioritizing swift change.

diversity-focused gatherings and towards industry-focused national and global gatherings, including the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where HACR has had a presence since 2018, as well as other major gatherings with a history of attracting CEOs, board directors, boards chairs, and nominations/governance chairs among the attendees. Earlier this year, HACR joined with many other diversity-focused organization in calling on the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) to support Nasdaq’s proposal to mandate diversity of underrepresented communities or explain in a disclosure why it has not done so. I’m pleased that the SEC has done the right thing and approved the Nasdaq proposal. This is significant because we know that while there is a lack of ethnic and racial diversity on Fortune 500 corporate boards, there is far less diversity on the mid-capitalization and small-capitalization companies, many of which trade on Nasdaq. Not surprisingly, the Latino representation on boards at smaller corporations is even lower than it is at Fortune 500 corporations. State legislative initiatives can mag- PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER nify the impact, and California’s law that OF THE HISPANIC ASSOCIATION ON requires diversity of underrepresented CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY.



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To accelerate the growth of diversity, including Latinos, on company boards of directors, there is a recognized need to create an effective pipeline of diverse candidates and to ensure these new directors effectively fits their governance roles. These issues are being addressed by Directors Academy, which has built a program with strategic partners and mentorships to create opportunities for individuals to gain the training needed to bring a high level of value and capability to governance and its emerging issues. JULY/AUGUST 2021 LATINO LEADERS 21

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o accelerate the growth of diversity, including Latinos, on company boards of directors, there is a recognized need to create an effective pipeline of diverse candidates and to ensure these new directors effectively fits their governance roles. These issues are being addressed by Directors Academy, which has built a program with strategic partners and mentorships to create opportunities for individuals to gain the training needed to bring a high level of value and capability to governance and its emerging issues. Keith Meyer, who is co-founder and president of the Academy, has more than 20 years' experience in board recruiting, including what he calls his "day job" at Allegis Partners, and has found that the movement to increase diverse board membership is accelerating. "I am thrilled by that," he said, "I did not think in my lifetime I would see this acceleration. It is real, it is there and it is not going to stop." However, there is still much work to be done to bring new diversity to boards and to make sure that those chosen fit the role. The Directors Academy offers a nine-month hybrid virtual and in-person program that covers corporate director duties and responsibilities and emerging governance issues. "We partner with the University of California at Berkeley's Haas Business School faculty for academic content," Meyer said, "but we fundamentally believe practitioner peer to peer learning is the most effective process. So, we have 80 percent practitioner driven elements." This allows participants to refine their personal board value, to meet with board leaders and executive recruiters, to broaden their network and to sharpen their ability to connect with board decision makers. To increase opportunities, the Academy reached out to private equity firms. "Maine Capital stepped up and they are now a strategic sponsor of the academy," Meyer said. The next step is to find a venture capital firm partner. The Directors Academy was born in the wake of the financial crisis of 2007-2008 when some directors asked Meyer why some boards had failed in a governance perspective. What he found, is that "if you did not have a diverse set of voices more than likely the board you were on during a crisis was going to have more struggles than a board with more diverse thinking, diverse backgrounds." One hurdle to increase board diversity, the Academy founders saw was lack of visibility. "Usually, when you achieve your first board you create slipstream of momentum," Meyer said, and that includes inclusion in databases which feed all the search firms. However, that diverse individuals who were usually in in senior management posts, but who held no board seats were not visible to board nominating and governance committees. The solution: "Let's create a pipeline of future diverse board leaders that were visible," Meyer said. A second issue, Meyer said, involved the nominating-governance committees who "usually sit around a table

"I THINK WE ARE POPULATING ENOUGH BOARDS WITH GREAT DIVERSE DIRECTORS, IN THE NEXT TWO OR THREE YEARS THEY ARE GOING TO MOVE INTO LEADERSHIP ROLES THAN THIS WHOLE THING IS GOING TO ACCELERATE EVEN MORE." and ask who do you know on this list of perspective candidates," Meyer said, "so if you are not known by these board members then they gravitate to the people they know." In response, the academy built a system utilizing board members who can also be references, sponsors and mentors. The Academy also has partnered with the national diversity advancement organizations such as the Latino Corporate Directors Association. Our message, Meyer said, "is look at your customer base, look at your employee composition and does your board and governance group reflect that diverse set, either constituents or customers?" However, what often is prevalent is a white male dominated board. Another obstacle, Meyer said, "is that board service in many cases is viewed as a supreme court appointment, you are there until you physically aren't able to serve any more." However, the Academy president said, if you have a group of directors sitting in that board room 10-15 years their relevant experience is 20 years ago, that does not match up well with today's issues and challenges facing company board rooms. There is risk, Meyer acknowledged, that some new board members, if they have not been prepared as to what this job requires, may become dissatisfied and in a year or two there will be turnover. "We take those executives who haven't been in a board room," Meyer said, "expose them to what is it like to be in a board room, what each committee of a board is responsible for, what are fiduciary duties, what are emerging issues, how do you operate, what is the culture and how do you build relationships with board members and with management team member." Meanwhile, Meyer said, "I believe we are passed the tipping point and now we are going to go to that next level and we are going to see three, four, five diverse members on boards." The next big thing, Meyer said, relates to board leadership. "I think we are populating enough boards with great diverse directors, in the next two or three years they are going to move into leadership roles than this whole thing is going to accelerate even more."


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Victor Arias Jr. is one of the best-known friends for Latinos serving on Boards. Not only he has found some of them, but he has a reputation for advocating for diversity based in his extensive work in Non-Profit organizations and associations. For many years now, he has contributed to this edition highlighting some aspects of his own visions and findings. Victor Arias Jr.

THE CORPORATE BOARDS of 2021 are facing winds of unprecedented change. Many a board, rather than harnessing these winds to its benefit, is being battered by them, unable to keep up with the evolving standards of a society striving for a more perfect union. As they look to align with the country’s fluid demographics, some boards may need some help navigating the shifting demands of today’s marketplace. Fortunately, they need not look far for aid: executive search firms are equipped to serve as uniquely deft navigators in a sea experiencing much disruption. As pressure to reform is applied to corporations in the form of legislation, public advocacy, and institutional scrutiny, executive search firms and consultants can help lagging corporations navigate to a place of authenticity, transparency, innovation, and responsible governance. An area of particular concern for many companies is board composition. With Latinos now comprising 18.7% of the total U.S. population, there is no excuse for major corporations’ not including Latino voices among their leadership. Yet the statistics depict a corporate landscape desperately out of sync. In August 2020, Latino directors made up only 2.2% of the boards of the publicly traded companies listed in the Russell 3000 Index. Between 2010 and 2020, the percentage of Latino directors (4%) in the top 200 companies in the S&P 500 remained static. Even in California, which has adopted board diversity legislation, among a sample of 678 public companies, only 29 new Latino directors were appointed between August 2020 and March 2021. Such stasis is particularly confounding in light of the aforementioned winds of change. These winds, caused by several mutually reinforcing factors, are only gaining in strength. American society in 2021 is clamoring for corporate reform, and pressure on corporations to rejuvenate their boards is being exerted through multiple vectors: legislation, public advocacy, and institutional oversight. However, boards, which already experienced little change with regard to Latino representation over the past 10 years, have further ossified during the pandemic. With the world in flux, nobody wanted to deal with board turnover. Now, as the pandemic inches towards its twilight, ensuring a representative composition of the boards of our corporate leaders is vital to our democracy’s flourishing—and with the help of executive search firms, this should not be a fantasy. Search firms are uniquely equipped to serve as navigators for beleaguered corporate boards. At a time when a majority of board searches is conducted by boards themselves, search firms function as trusted advisors: we track market trends to ensure our clients stay abreast of the winds of change. We are able to expand the talent networks available to boards during their searches. Moreover, our inclusion in the search process results in three distinct advantages for the corporate client.

(1) Credibility.

A search firm’s involvement instantly lends credibility to a search process. By having an outside entity lead the search, the process becomes an independent affair, rather than a sometimes-perceived covert procedure carried out by the board itself behind closed doors. By involving a firm that purposefully specializes in diverse placements, such as Diversified Search Group (DSG), a corporation can immediately signal its desire for authentic transformation.

(2) Transparency. Achieving transparency will be an

additional benefit resulting from utilizing a search firm. The Nom/Gov committee can manage the criteria and process together with the search firm in reporting its activities in the proxy statement. This helps provide valuable information more openly to shareholders and interested parties.

(3) Authenticity. Critically, a search firm knowledgeable about market and societal trends can provide an expanded talent network and increase the likelihood of a diverse board appointments, leading to greater innovation. These candidates must not be mere token board members— they are agents of evolution, and a search firm must make the benefits of this clear to the client. This can only be achieved with authentic and long-term relationships with the myriad of diverse communities. In these ways, search firms also act as trusted advisors and advocates. Therefore, having appropriate consultants that are also representative of the desired changes to boards is effective. At DSG, we have been acting with purpose since our founding, pushing boards to expand their appetite for what is possible. A search firm can leverage its market knowledge and skillset not only to satisfy its client’s expectations, but to exceed them, enabling a corporate board to harness the winds that would otherwise toss it around an ever-shifting sea. The winds of change are fierce, and they will not let up any time soon. Corporate leaders must keep up, both for their own good and the good of our democracy. Latino representation on corporate boards is vital to the continued blossoming of our economic and political systems. Executive search firms are standing by to make it happen.

*Victor Arias Jr. is Managing Partner at Diversified Search.


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Daniel Diaz Leyva, a successful and respected Miami attorney, sees a correlation between an emerging minority community and representation at the board level. AS DANIEL DIAZ LEYVA paves the way for his Miami-headquartered law firm, Diaz Leyva Group, a firm well-established in the corporate and real estate practice areas, new challenges await. With hopes of scaling in the near future, his strategic plan includes more work in his current transactional space, expanding to support his owner-operator entrepreneurial clients with estate planning and immigration, and a new path toward litigation. He believes in a natural transition and growth pattern to business arising from serving as a trusted advisor to clients who organically request support in other areas of the law. “My relationship with my clients evolves over time as trust and confi-

dence is earned over the course of each mandate. Eventually, clients request our counsel in other areas outside the scope of our mandates because of our ability to trouble shoot and give honest, effective advice," says Diaz Leyva, who left one of the nation's largest law firms to open his own practice and has built a client portfolio that includes the nation's largest homebuilders, banks and wealthy Latin American immigrants. In addition, the new trajectory he envisions for Diaz Leyva Group responds to the fact that Hispanics are gaining in all sectors of life in the U.S., and he wants his practice to be a part of it.

“With more than 62 million Hispanics across the country, you need to be a reflection of the community you represent,” says Diaz Leyva. “More and more, companies are taking note of the growing population they are selling products and services to, and engaging and hiring more Hispanics to handle their legal work at firms like mine.” Having said that, it’s no secret that population growth among minorities is driving overall U.S. population growth. It’s just that these realities need to be felt across the spectrum, according to Diaz Leyva, including in corporate board membership. “As access to the board room grows to include an increasing number of Hispanic leaders, a trickle effect begins with a community a company serves reflected at all levels of that company. And it is this that I think will happen in the not-too-distant future.” A very personal project for Diaz Leyva is the creation of a foundation which will manifest his commitment to sustained mentoring and give him the chance to pay forward the opportunities he has received. While his agenda is ambitious, its underpinnings rest solidly on the inspiration of Cubans, like his family, who have lived in exile for more than 60 years. "Our generation has benefited significantly from our parents and grandparents’ generations," says Diaz Leyva. “They bore the brunt of the challenges – the need to integrate themselves into the community and learn the language.” Diaz Leyva’s grandfather, who was an attorney and editor of some of the largest newspapers in Cuba, worked as a janitor when he arrived in the U.S. "I draw a lot from those hardships that my parents and grandparents experienced. I live my life with gratefulness and appreciation of their sacrifices and the opportunities that were given to us because of the adversity they endured,” reflects Diaz Leyva. "This has helped shape my life, my perspective on the world, how I treat people and on how I build my business. It is a big part of who I am.” One of those opportunities was access to education. Diaz Leyva attended the University of Miami, majored in finance, and then obtained his law de-


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for his career choice as he felt a deep responsibility to make the most of the higher education he had been afforded. At the beginning of his career, he worked with various mid-size and large law firms, including Foley & Lardner LLP, where he had the opportunity to work with distinguished and long-established clients, including publicly traded companies and innovative tech companies. This experience inspired him to go out on his own, even though it meant a bit of belt tightening. "I didn't start the practice to take over the world," he said. “I just wanted to be in control of my own destiny and support people that I thought big firms were not capable of supporting in a cost-efficient way." Initially it was friends and family that gave Diaz Leyva the opportunity to represent them. But today, his firm is anchored by a large publicly traded homebuilder, LGI Homes, the 10th largest publicly traded homebuilder in the country, based in The Woodlands, Texas. Diaz Leyva represents LGI Homes across the state of Florida, managing all of its land acquisitions, homeowners’ association (HOA) work, and generally trouble shooting issues as the need arises. Other major clients include Farm Stores Franchising, a national drive-through convenience store chain; and real estate, investment and development companies such as Barlington Group, Orion Real Estate Group, The Estate Companies, and LinkVest Capital. He also represents several banks including City National Bank of Florida, Ocean Bank and Valley National Bank, handling their loan transactions. Other clients include family offices and investors from Latin America who are able to capitalize on Diaz Leyva being bilingual. "I do a lot of acquisition and sale work, leasing, and financings in the real estate space and direct investments with sponsors in the real estate private equity space for these kinds of clients," he said. Diaz Leyva and his wife Cristina have two children, Daniel Jr., 9, and Adriana, 7. They have been very involved in their community for more than a decade and along the way, he has been honored by several organizations for his community service. He has garnered the Ruth Shack

“WITH THE U.S. HISPANIC COMMUNITY GROWING IN SIZE AND INFLUENCE, BOTH POLITICALLY AND FINANCIALLY, WE ARE SEEING ENGAGEMENT WITH FIRMS LIKE MINE THAT IS GOING ALL THE WAY UP TO THE BOARD ROOM." Leadership Award from the Miami Foundation and the Head of School Alumni Award from Palmer Trinity School, his high school alma mater. He has also served on the board of trustees of the nation’s largest institution of higher learning, Miami Dade College; and helped establish and served as the executive director of the U.S. chapter of the Consejo Empresarial de América Latina, an organization that promotes economic development across the western hemisphere supported by some of the regions’ most successful entrepreneurs. As his career evolves, he continues to draw upon his grandparents and parents. "Any time I find myself in a challenging situation, I tighten my belt and say: what would they have done? And that has pushed me through, it has helped me break through barriers."



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The following is the 14th annual list of Latinos serving on the Corporate Boards of the F1000 US Corporations. The compilation of the list is made by our research team and is based on the list of the Latino Corporate Directors Association, Diversified Search, Korn Ferry and individual submissions that made the cut for this year’s criteria. This is an impressive list of outstanding individuals that have soared the highest ranks of Corporate America and as Latinos are the pride of our Corporate Community. All of them are doing excellent jobs as Directors for their corporations and some of them are even trying to open doors for others like them to follow. This last part is admirable and commendable for that’s a big way to accelerate Latino representation in Corporate America. This year, the participation of more than half of the Directors listed, personally updating their information, sending quotes, headshots and some of them even interviewed, was impressive. Latino Leaders wants to recognize and show appreciation for all these Directors for taking the time to respond to our requests. Ninety three new names from last year, and a total of 355 Directors is impressive, but still low on representation as a whole. Our main goal is to showcase this incredible pull of talent and inspire the rise of more, as more Board positions become available.


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Age: 54 Westport CT, Chicago IL Nationality:

CARLOS ABRAMS-RIVERA President, U.S. Zone, Kraft Heinz Company Boards

Energizer Holdings (775)

Before joining Kraft Heinz, Carlos was the Executive Vice President and President, Campbell Snacks, a division of Campbell Soup Company that represents nearly 50 percent of Campbell’s annual sales. He has more than two decades of extensive U.S. and global food experience at Campbell, Mondelēz International, and Kraft Foods.Throughout his career, Carlos has successfully implemented a strategic approach to reinvigorating brands, improving costs, and sharpening operational execution to drive strong business results. He began his career at Kraft Foods as an Assistant Brand Manager within Oscar Mayer, later serving in a broad range of management roles across categories, brands, and businesses.A native of Puerto Rico, Carlos has held several council and board positions dedicated to diversity. He served as a co-leader of the Kraft Foods National Latino Council, and as a member of the Corporate Board of Advisors of the National Council of La Raza (now UnidosUS)– the United States' largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization.Carlos earned his bachelor’s degree in Managerial Economics from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

Age: 64 Santa Barbara, CA Nationality:

SYLVIA ACEVEDO Independent Director Boards

Entrepreneur, investor, business leader, rocket-scientist. Passionate about building, scaling and leading market transitions. Acevedo served as Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of the USA from May 2017 to August 2020, and as interim Chief Executive Officer from June 2016 to May 2017. She was a board member from 2008 until 2016. Chair of President Obama’s White House initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics in early childhood leadership. Driver of the Administration’s Early Childhood Dual Language Education Policy.National speaker on Education, STEM, cybersecurity, demographic trends and leadership.

Qualcomm (124)

Age: 54 Dallas TX Nationality:

ARCILIA ACOSTA CEO, Carcon Industries/STL Engineers Boards

Acosta is an entrepreneur, nationally recognized speaker, philanthropist, and mother.Acosta and her companies have won more than 45 national, regional, and local awards. She isa graduate of Texas Tech University and Harvard University Business School – CorporateGovernance Program. With over 20 years of experience,. Acosta excels as a highperforming leader with the business acumen and analytical skills needed to drivetransformation. Acosta was recently elected to be the Chairwoman-Elect of the Dallas Citizens Council Board of Directors making her the 2nd woman to be Chair in the 84-year history of the organization. Her term will begin in 2023 through 2026.

Magnolia Oil & Gas, Vistra Corporation (274), Veritex Holdings, Inc.

Age: 63 South Florida Nationality:




Owner & CEO of the Erie SeaWolves, a professional baseball team, the Double A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. Former Chairman & CEO Chiquita Brands International, from January 2004 to October 2012. Prior to that, he was an Executive at Procter & Gamble for 24 years working in Mexico, Brazil, and the USA in global roles. He was Honored with the Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award by the NFL. Aguirre earned a business degree at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1980. He was elected to SIUE’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 and its alumni Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2012, Aguirre received an honorary doctoral degree from SIUE.

CVS Health (4), Synchrony Financial (187), Barry Callebaut

Age: N/A Valencia, Spain Nationality:

JOSÉ MARIA ALAPONT Independent Director Boards

Alapont served as President and CEO of Federal-Mogul Corporation, a supplier of automotive powertrain and safety components, and as its Chairman of the Board, and continued to serve as a director until 2013. He was the CEO and a director of Fiat Iveco, S.p.A., part of the Fiat Group and held executive positions for more than 30 years at other leading global vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. He has been a director of Ferroglobe Plc., a public silicon, manganese and special alloys producer company since 2018 and a director of Ashok Leyland since 2017. Alapont also serves as a member of the board of Hinduja Investment and Project Services Limited, a private investment and service group, since 2016 and a director of Hinduja Automotive Limited, a private automotive holding group, since 2014. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Valencia Technical School and a degree in Philosophy from the University of Valencia, Spain.

Navistar International (389)

New addition to the 2021 Latino Leaders' Board List

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DANIEL J ALEGRE President & Chief Operating Officer, Activision Blizzard Boards

Daniel joined Activision Blizzard from Google, where he worked for more than 16 years leading growth and expansion. He was President of Global Retail and Shopping, where he led the initiatives to embed ecommerce across all Google product areas diversifying beyond advertising into the retail transactions business. Prior to that, he was President of Google's Global and Strategic Partnerships organization, working across all of core business to create strategic relationships with some of the world’s largest partners. Also President of Google’s Asia-Pacific and Japan businesses and as VP of the Latin America business. Before Google, Daniel was VP at Bertelsmann Media, running a division of BMG Music in Latin America as well as Partnerships of the Bertelsmann eCommerce Group in New York City.  Daniel holds a BA degree with Honors from Princeton University from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, as well as dual MBA and JD degrees from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School.

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Age: 62 New York, NY Nationality:

HUMBERTO P ALFONSO Retired CEO, Global, of Yowie Group Ltd Boards

Humberto served as CEO from 2016, and a director from 2017, until 2018 of Yowie, a global brand licensing company specializing in the development of Yowie character children's consumer products. He was President, International, of The Hershey Company. He was EVP, CFO and Chief Administrative Officer from 2011 to 2013, and SVP and CFO from 2007 to 2011. He joined Hershey in 2006, initially serving as Vice President, Finance and Planning, U.S. Commercial Group in 2006, and then serving as VP, Finance and Planning, North American Commercial Group from 2006 to 2007. Before joining Hershey, Alfonso held a variety of finance positions at Cadbury Schweppes, serving as EVP Finance and CFO from 2005 to 2006 and VP Finance, Global Supply Chain from 2003 to 2005. Prior to that, he held a number of senior financial positions at Pfizer, Inc.

Eastman Chemical (355)

Age: 59 Illinois Nationality:

JOSÉ E ALMEIDA Chairman, CEO Baxter International Inc Boards

Joe leads Baxter through a period of dynamic transformation powered by accelerated innovation, operational excellence and strategic execution. Prior to joining Baxter, Almeida served as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Covidien plc from 2012 through 2015 and was named a director of the company in 2011. Almeida previously served as president of Covidien's Medical Devices organization. Almeida also served in several leadership roles at Covidien's predecessor, Tyco Healthcare, including president of its worldwide medical device business and vice president of worldwide manufacturing. In addition to Covidien and Tyco, Almeida held leadership positions at Wilson Greatbatch Technologies, Inc., American Home Products' Acufex Microsurgical division, and Johnson & Johnson's Professional Products division. He began his career as a management consultant at Andersen Consulting (Accenture).

Walgreens Boots Alliance (16), Baxter International (264)

Age: 69 Boston, MA Nationality:

JOSEPH ALVARADO Former Chairman and CEO Commercial Metals Co. LATINO LEADERS JULY / AUGUST 2021



Alvarado is the former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Commercial Metals Company, a Fortune 500 global metals firm, which under his leadership was active in recycling, manufacturing, fabricating and trading. Alvardo received his master’s degree in Business Administration, Finance from the SC Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Notre Dame.

PNC Financial Sevices (120), Arcosa (975), Kennametal (988), Trinseo

Age: 71 Florida Nationality:

DONNA M ALVARADO Founder and President of Aguila International Boards

Previously, Alvarado served as President and Chief Executive Officer of a global educational publishing company from 1989-1993. She has served on corporate boards in the manufacturing, banking, transportation, and services industries. She has also led state and national workforce policy boards. Alvarado previously served as Chairwoman of the Ohio Board of Regents. Following executive and legislative staff appointments at the U.S. Department of Defense and in the U.S. Congress, Alvarado was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to lead the federal agency ACTION, the nation's premier agency for civic engagement and volunteerism, a position which she held from 1985-1989.

CSX (292), CoreCivic (982), Park National Corp. New addition to the 2021 Latino Leaders' Board List

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GIANNELLA ALVAREZ Former Global CEO and Senior Executive at Fortune 50 & Start-Up Companies


Alvarez is the former Chief Executive Officer of Beanitos, Inc., a privately held leader in bean-based snacking, headquarted in Austin, Texas. She served until January 2018 as Chief Executive Officer of Harmless Harvest, Inc. She held the position of Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Pet Business unit at Del Monte Corporation. From 2011 to 2013, she served as Group President and Chief Executive Officer for Barilla Americas, where she was responsible for North, Central and South America’s operations of Barilla S.p.A., a global food and beverages company headquartered in Parma, Italy. From 2006 to 2010, she held senior global management positions with The Coca-Cola Company. Prior to that, she held a number of increasingly senior positions in marketing and general management with Kimberly-Clark Corporation and Procter & Gamble in the United States and Latin America.


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Domtar (533), Ruth's Hospitality Group Inc., Trulieve, Driscoll's, the Berry Company

Age: 57 Boston, MA Nationality:

JOSE B ALVAREZ Former CEO Stop & Shop Companies, Senior Lecturer Harvard Business School



Age: 60

Alvarez has been on the faculty of the Harvard Business School since 2009. Until 2008, he was the executive vice president— global business development for Royal Ahold NV, one of the world’s largest grocery retailers. He joined Royal Ahold in 2001 and subsequently held several key senior management positions, including president and chief executive officer of the company’s Stop & Shop and Giant-Landover brands. Previously, he served in executive positions at Shaw’s Supermarket, Inc. and American Stores Company. Alvarez held several key management positions with Royal Ahold NV, one of the world’s largest grocery retailers, providing him with business leadership experience in, and valuable knowledge of, the global retail industry. Alvarez holds an MBA degree from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and an AB degree from Princeton. He served previously as a director of The TJX Companies, Inc. and Church & Dwight Co., Inc.

TJX (97), United Rentals (352)

Age: 65 Boston, MA Nationality:

RAUL "RALPH" ALVAREZ Operating Partner, Advent International Corporation Boards

Born in Cuba, he received his bachelor’s degree in BA from the University of Miami. Alvarez retired as president and CEO of McDonald’s Corporation in 2009. Prior to joining McDonald’s in 1994, he held leadership positions at Burger King Corporation and Wendy’s International, Inc. He held a variety of leadership roles throughout his career, including chief operations officer and president of the central division, both with McDonald’s USA. Before joining the U.S. business, Alvarez was president of McDonald’s Mexico. From 2004 until 2005, he was president of McDonald’s USA, where he led a team that aligned employees, owner/operators and suppliers behind the company’s “Plan to Win” strategy – the catalyst for the turnaround of its U.S. business. He served as president of McDonald’s North America from 2005 until 2006. In this role, he was responsible for all McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S. and Canada. Alvarez became president and CEO in 2006.

Lowe’s (31), Eli Lilly (118)

Age: 71 California Nationality:

AIDA M ALVAREZ Independent Director HP (56), K12 Inc., Oportun, Fastly

Age: 63 Miami, FL Nationality:

CESAR L ALVAREZ Senior Chairman, Greenberg Traurig, LLP Boards

Alvarez is a Senior Chairman of the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig. He previously served as the firm’s Executive Chairman for more than three years and as its Chief Executive Officer for 13 years. Alvarez served on the Board of Directors of Sears Holdings Corporation from January 2013 until May 2017.

Watsco (524), Mednax, Inc., Precigen, Inc., The St. Joe Company



Aida has had a successful career as a journalist, investment banker and public servant. She was the first Latino woman to hold a U.S. cabinet-level position as the administrator of the Small Business Administration during Bill Clinton's presidency. She entered the Clinton administration as the first director of the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight. She also has more than a decade of experience in corporate finance, working as a vice president of Public Finance for both Bear Stearns and First Boston. Before, she served as VP Public Affairs of the New York City Health and Hospitals. She began her career as a reporter for the New York Post. She previously served on boards including Walmart, PacifiCare (United Health), MUFG Union Bank and the Diversity Advisory Board for Deloitte & Touche. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College, and honorary doctorates from Bethany College, Iona College, Mercy College and the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico.

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Age: 62 San Juan, Puerto Rico Nationality:

IGNACIO ALVAREZ President and Chief Executive Officer of Popular, Inc. Boards

Alvarez has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Popular, Inc. since July 1st, 2017. Prior to this appointment he served as President and Chief Operating Officer. Previously, served as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. Before this, he was one of the six founding partners of the law firm Pietrantoni Mendez & Alvarez LLP. Recognized by Chambers Global as “one of the best lawyers in Puerto Rico,” Alvarez was an integral part of the firm’s success for 18 years. Among his main practice areas are: banking, corporate and commercial law; corporate and public finance law; securities and capital markets. Alvarez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1958; graduated from Georgetown University, Magna Cum Laude, 1980; Harvard Law School J.D., Cum Laude, 1983; and admitted to the Bar in Florida and Puerto Rico in 1983. He was an Adjunct Professor and Lecturer, University of Puerto Rico Law School, from 1988 to 1992. He has been a member of the Board of Regents of Georgetown University since October 2008.

Popular (815)

Age: 49 San Diego, CA Nationality:

CRISTIANO R AMON President and Chief Executive Officer, Qualcomm Incorporated


Amon began his Qualcomm career in 1995 as an engineer, and during his tenure, has helped shape the strategic direction for the Company in several leadership roles. Before becoming CEO, he served as president of Qualcomm. He has overseen the successful execution of M&A to augment Qualcomm’s capabilities and accelerate growth in key areas. Previously, he led Qualcomm’s semiconductor business as president of QCT. He also held several technical and business leadership positions, which included having overall responsibility for Snapdragon® platforms.Prior to Qualcomm, Amon served as chief technical officer for Vésper, a wireless operator in Brazil, and held leadership positions at NEC, Ericsson and Velocom.Amon holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and an honorary doctorate from UNICAMP – Universidade Estadual de Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil.

Qualcomm (124)

Age: 54 Miami, FL Nationality:

JUAN C. ANDRADE President and Chief Executive Officer, Everest Re Group, Ltd


He has almost 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, successfully leading large and complex domestic and international businesses. He has served in executive leadership roles in underwriting, product development and innovation, claims, sales and distribution, strategy development, and general management. Before commencing his insurance career, Andrade worked in national security and international affairs within the U.S. Federal Government’s Executive Branch and The Executive Office of the President.He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism with a minor in Political Science from the University of Florida and was honored as a Distinguished Alumni in 2018. He was inducted into the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Hall of Fame in 2021, and holds a Master of Arts degree in International Economics and Latin American Studies from the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University.

USAA (87)

Age: 55 Cambridge, MA Nationality:

JUAN ANDRES Chief Technical Operations & Quality Officer, Moderna, Inc.




Juan Andres is responsible for the supply of product required for Moderna’s preclinical and clinical development programs, as well as scaling the chemistry, manufacturing and controls processes across Moderna’s portfolio. He was previously the Global Head of Technical Operations (Manufacturing and Supply Chain) for over 25K Novartis employees. He had responsibility for all of manufacturing sites, and related support functions and technologies worldwide, overseeing small molecules drug substance and drug product, as well as biologics drug substance, drug product and technical development. Previous roles include Group Novartis Quality Head, Global Head of Technical Research and Development, and Global Pharmaceutical Operations Head. Before Novartis, he worked at Eli Lilly for 18 years. Andres holds a Master degree in Pharmacy from Alcala de Henares University in Madrid and completed an advanced development program at the London Business School.

Avantor (438)

Age: 58 Mexico City, MX Nationality:

MARIA ASUNCION ARAMBURUZABALA President & Chief Executive Officer, Tresalia Capital Boards

Aramburuzabala is one of Latin America's most prominent business leaders and her achievements have recognized. by multiple institutions. Tresalia has a particular expertise in consumer goods companies, with an investment portfolio including Anheauser-Busch InBev, Tory. Burch, kIo Networks, Casper, Multiplan, Kraftz-Heinz, Aliat, and Medistik. She also serves as Board Director for several global corporations. and institutions.

Coty (426)

New addition to the 2021 Latino Leaders' Board List

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Leading through our culture At Jacobs, we put people at the heart of our business. We have an unparalleled focus on inclusion, with a diverse team of visionaries, thinkers and doers. We embrace all perspectives, collaborating to make a positive impact.

Congratulations to Jacobs board member Manny Fernandez for being featured in Latino Leaders Magazine’s 12th Annual Latinos on Boards

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Age: 58 Mexico City, MX Nationality:

LUIS ARANGUREN-TRELLEZ Executive President, Arancia, S.A. de C.V. Boards

Aranguren-Trellez has been executive president and a director of Arancia, S.A. de C.V., since 2011 and served as executive president and a director of Arancia Industrial, S.A. de C.V. since 2000. Both are holding companies with interests in the food and enzyme industries, rental of special textiles to the hospital sector and food service and logistics, as well as energy efficiency and smart meters businesses. Previously, Aranguren-Trellez served as Operations Director of CPIngredientes, S.A. de C.V., Ingredion’s Mexican subsidiary, from 1996 until 2000, and served in various management positions with that company and its predecessors since 1989. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

Ingredion (463)

Age: 68 Detroit, MI Nationality:

LIZABETH ARDISANA Owner & CEO,ASG Renaissance LLC Boards

Entrepreneur and co-founder of ASG Renaissance, a technical and communications firms In addition to her roles at ASG and PDW, Ardisana is an active business and civic leader in the Michigan and Hispanic Communities. She serves on numerous corporate and educational boards, and has received numerous awards for her contributions to the community. Ardisana holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Detroit, a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Texas.

Huntington Bancshares (510), Clean Energy Fuels

Age: 55 Downey, CA Nationality:

LUIS ARMONA Executive Vice President of Meruelo Group, LLC Boards

Armona oversees the Meruelo Group managed family of companies, having equity interests in and sitting on the board of many of those companies, most notably, Meruelo Group, LLC, a holding company owning utility construction contractors Herman Weissker, Inc., Doty Bros. Equipment Company, and Tidwell Excavation, Inc., and electrical contractors Neal Electric Corp., and Select Electric, Inc. Since 1987, Armona has participated in the successful development of over 25 apartment communities and 20 shopping centers in Southern California and Southern Florida, primarily in Hispanic neighborhoods. In 2011, Armona entered the gaming and hospitality industry acquiring an ownership interest in the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino located in Reno, Nevada. In that same year, Armona also diversified into broadcast media through acquisition of an ownership interest in KWHY-TV (22), a Spanish-language television station in Los Angeles, CA

Commercial Bank of California

Age: 53 Connecticut Nationality:

FABIOLA ARREDONDO Managing Partner, Siempre Holdings LATINO LEADERS JULY / AUGUST 2021



Fabiola Arredondo is the Managing Partner of Siempre Holdings, a private, single family investment office based in Connecticut. She is a member (prior Co-Chair) of the U.S. National Council of the World Wildlife Fund and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Fabiola has also previously served as a non-executive Board Director of NPR (National PublicRadio), Rodale Inc., Experian Group plc, Saks Incorporated, the Intelsat Corporation, Bankinter S.A., the BOC Group plc, the World Wildlife Fund in the U.S. and the U.K., and as a Board Trustee of Sesame Workshop. She previously held senior operating roles at Yahoo!, the BBC and Bertelsmann. Fabiola is a graduate of Stanford University and the Harvard Business School.

Campbell Soup (335), Burberry plc, Fair Isaac Corp.

Age: 59 Connecticut Nationality:

DENNIS ARRIOLA Chief Executive Officer, Avangrid Boards

Arriola was appointed to the position of CEO of AVANGRID in July 2020 from Sempra Energy where he was Executive Vice President and Group President and Chief Sustainability Officer. Throughout his more than 25-year career in the energy sector, he has held a variety of leadership positions in gas and electric utilities as well as renewables, including Chairman and CEO of Southern California Gas Co., and Chief Financial Officer of SunPower Corp., San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Co. Arriola holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University. He serves as a board Member of the Edison Electric Institute, Auto Club Enterprises and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


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Age: 57 Dallas, TX Nationality:


Thaddeus Arroyo has a long career in telecom companies and many years at AT&T. He has overall responsibility for the company’s integrated consumer internet, video entertainment, and mobility organization. His organization serves more than 159 million wireless subscribers, reaches 14 million customer locations with fiber internet, and is one of the world’s largest providers of pay TV. His organization also oversees both of AT&T’s prepaid wireless brands – AT&T Prepaid and Cricket Wireless – with a combined base of more than 16.5 million customers. His responsibilities include AT&T’s retail distribution network, which includes AT&T and Cricket retail locations and He previously served as Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Business, responsible for the company's integrated global Business Solutions organization, which serves nearly 3 million business customers in nearly 200 countries.

Global Payments (394)

Age: 55 Tustin, CA Nationality:

PATRICIA ARVIELO President & Co-Founder, New American Funding Boards

Arvielo brings more than 39 years of mortgage and real estate industry experience to the Century Communities Board. She is the President and Co-Founder of New American Funding, one of the largest independent mortgage companies in the U.S., where she leads the company’s sales and operations efforts. At New American Funding, she founded the Latino Focus and New American Dream initiatives to identify and address challenges Hispanic and Black consumers face in their pursuit of homeownership and to enhance the quality of their lending experience. Arvielo frequently visits Washington, D.C. to lobby for the industry and homeowners, is a popular keynote speaker for mortgage events across the nation and was recognized by Ernst & Young as the 2016 EY Entrepreneur of The Year® Orange County.

Century Communities (717)

Age: 68 Dallas, TX Nationality:

DANIEL E ARVIZU Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Boards

Dan Arvizu is the eighth director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Department of Energy’s primary laboratory for energy efficiency and renewable energy research and development. NREL is operated for the DOE by Alliance for Sustainable Energy LLC. Arvizu is president of Alliance and an executive vice president with MRIGlobal. Prior to joining NREL, he was the chief technology officer at CH2M HILL Companies, Ltd., and an executive at Sandia National Laboratories. He started his career at AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories. He was appointed by two successive U.S. presidents to serve six-year terms on the National Science Board, which governs the National Science Foundation and advises the President and Congress on science policy.

State Farm Insurance Cos. (38)

Age: 47 New York, NY Nationality:




Global media executive, advisor and corporate board director. Most recently she was President, Global Distribution, for Home Box Office, Inc., overseeing $7 billion in annual revenue and all distribution operations of the company’s services and platforms worldwide. She spearheaded HBO’s transformation from a traditional media company (appointment TV) into an agile, on-demand powerhouse with streaming, digital services worldwide. Aulestia joined HBO in 1997. Prior to joining HBO, Aulestia worked at Univision Communications, Inc., Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc., and Kidder, Peabody Inc.

Nexstar Media Group (576), Denny's

Age: N/A Tulare, CA Nationality:

XAVIER AVILA Director Boards

Serving on the Land O’Lakes Board since 2011, Xavier Avila helped win support for the United Supplies merger and for California to join the Federal Milk Marketing Order. Avila served as California Dairy Campaign president He also currently serves on the California Dairy Cares Board and Justice Fund Board. He works diligently to help protect the California dairy industry. In addition, Avila works as a regional sales manager for Hampell and serves as a district board of trustee for the Tulare local health care district and board chairman for the Tulare Public Cemetery.

Land O’Lakes (219)

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ORLANDO AYALA Independent Director, Advisor to the Colombian

Ayala has 35+ years history experience working in the Information Technology industry - Senior Executive for 25 years with Microsoft. Member of Bill Gates's senior leadership team when Ayala was Executive VP of the WW field operating teams in 115 countries. Skilled in Sales, Enterprise Software, Social Impact, Partner Management, and Enterprise Organizational Architecture. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a Doctorate Honoris Causa in Systems Administration and a Bachelors in Information Systems focused in Computers and Software from Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano - Colombia.





Age: 63

Centene (24), Ecopetrol

Age: 52 Mexico City, MX Nationality:

EMILIO FERNANDO AZCÁRRAGA JEAN III Executive Chairman of the Board & Chairman of the

Descendant of a Mexican dinasty of businessmen and former chief executive officer (CEO) of Televisa, a Mexican mass media company and the world's largest media conglomarate in spanish language. Azcárraga Jean is widely credited for turning around Televisa into the prosperous company after the death of his father "El Tigre". He is also a global board member of Endeavor, an international non-profit development organization that finds and supports high-impact entrepreneurs in emerging markets.

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Univision Communications (830)

Age: 68 Spain Nationality:

JOSÉ MARÍA AZNAR LOPEZ Former Prime Minister of Spain, President Foundation for Social Studies and Analysis


José María Aznar has served as the President of the Foundation for Social Studies and Analysis, a political research and educational organization focused on Spain, since 1989. He served as the Prime Minister of Spain from 1996 to 2004. He was the Executive President of the Partido Popular of Spain from 1990 to 2004 and its Honorific President from 2004 to 2016. Aznar has been a Director of Afiniti, a developer of artificial intelligence systems, since 2016, President of the Honorary Board of the Bussola Institute since 2017, a special advisor to Latham & Watkins LLP since 2018 and a member of the International Advisory Board of Barrick Gold Corporation since 2011.

News Corp. (337)

Age: 55 Puerto Rico Nationality:

JOAQUIN E BACARDI III Independent Direcotor Popular (815)

Age: 56 Phoenix, AZ Nationality:

LISA BACUS President & CEO, Oro Vista Ventures LLC Boards

Bacus previously served as EVP and Global Chief Marketing & Customer Officer of CIGNA Corporation and President of the Cigna Foundation until 2019. She was responsible for Cigna's global marketing activities and communications capabilities. She is actively involved in the community and channels her passion for education by providing scholarships for high school students to attend college. Bacus earned BA and BS Degrees from Northern Arizona University and an MBA from Duke University. She joined the company in of 2013 after five years with the American Family Insurance where she served as Executive Vice President and CMO, overseeing all marketing, public relations, communications and actuarial functions. Bacus began a successful 22-year career with the Ford Motor Company, where she served in many key roles, including as Head of Global Marketing Strategy and Director of Global Market Research.

Selective Insurance Group (761), Teredata, Culver's Restaurants



Bacardí has extensive experience in the development and implementation of international marketing, sales and distribution strategies acquired throughout more than 24 years at various Bacardi companies and 3 years as Product Manager of Nestlé of Puerto Rico. As President and CEO of Bacardi Corporation, Bacardí directed and managed all business operations with full profit and loss responsibilities and government relations for Bacardi in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Prior to becoming President and CEO of Bacardi Corporation. He held positions in various Bacardi enterprises where, among other things, he was responsible for the development of all global communication strategies for Bacardi Limited’s whisky portfolio, with total sales of approximately $400 million, and supervision of marketing for all Bacardi brands globally.

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Age: 54 Puerto Rico Nationality:

ALEJANDRO M BALLESTER President, Ballester Hermanos, Inc. Boards

Ballester has a comprehensive understanding of Puerto Rico’s consumer products and distribution industries acquired through over 29 years of experience at Ballester Hermanos, Inc., a privately-owned business dedicated to the importation and distribution of grocery products, as well as beer, liquors and wine for the retail and food service trade in Puerto Rico. In 2019, Ballester Hermanos had approximately $125 million in assets and annual revenues of approximately $350 million. He has proven to be a successful entrepreneur establishing the food service division of Ballester Hermanos in 1999, which today accounts for 38% of the firm’s revenues. During 2009, he was a director of the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico and member of its audit and investment committees where he obtained experience in overseeing a variety of fiscal issues related to various government agencies, instrumentalities and municipalities.

Popular (815)

Age: 54 N/A Nationality:

ALEXANDRE BEHRING DA COSTA Managing Partner, 3G Capital Boards

Founding Partner and Managing Partner and a board member of 3G Capital, a global investment firm, since 2004. Behring also has served as the Chairman of the board of Restaurant Brands International Inc., (Burger King, Popeyes, and Tim Hortons), since 2014. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors of Burger King Worldwide, Inc. and its predecessor as Chairman from 2010 until 2014. Behring also served as a director of Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV, a multinational drink and brewing holdings company, from 2014 to 2019. Previously, Behring spent 10 years at GP Investments, including eight years as a partner and member of the firm’s Investment Committee. He served for seven years, from 1998 through 2004, as Chief Executive Officer of America Latina Logistica (“ALL”), one of Latin America’s largest railroad and logistics companies. He served as a director of ALL until 2011. From 2008 to 2011, Behring served as a director of CSX Corporation.

Kraft Heinz (110)

Age: 59 Seattle, WA Nationality:

MARTHA HELENA BEJAR Independent Director Boards

She's the co -founder of Red Bison Advisory Group, LLC . A firm focused on being a trusted advisor, providing objective and result - oriented analysis and solutions in the areas of Real Estate, Natural Resources and ICT. Martha has been CEO and Director of several private companies inlcuding Unium Inc., Flow Mobile, a broadband wireless access solution using the ubiquitous WiFi standard, Wipro Infocrossing Cloud Computing Services and Microsoft Corp., where she was the Corporate Vice President for the Communi cations Sector. Martha started her ICT career with AT&T and BellSouth where she held numerous positions; Outside Plant Engineering, OSS/BSS planning and implementation, Central Office planning and implementation and New Services planning and implementation. She received an Advanced Management Program degree from Harvard University Business School. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Miami and holds an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.

Lumen Technologies (139), Commvault Systems Inc., Quadient SA, Sportsman's Warehouse Age: 60 Ft. Lauderale, FL & Aspen, CO Nationality:

JORGE L BENITEZ Retired Chief Executive, North America Accenture LATINO LEADERS JULY / AUGUST 2021



Benitez retired from Accenture in September 2014 after more than 33 years of service, the last three years of which he served as Chief Executive Officer of North America, where he had primary responsibility for Accenture’s business and operations in North America. From September 2006 to August 2011, he served as Chief Operating Officer, Products Operating Group, the largest of Accenture’s five operating groups, where he was responsible for executing the business strategy and ensuring operational excellence across a wide set of consumer industry groups, including: automotive; air, freight and travel services; industrial equipment; and infrastructure and transportation services. Prior to that, Benitez held various senior leadership roles and other positions since joining Accenture in 1981.

World Fuel Services (147), Fifth Third Bancorp (358)

Age: 68 New York, NY Nationality:

JORGE A BERMUDEZ President & CEO, Byebrook Group Boards

Bermudez is the retired chief risk officer of Citibank/Citigroup. He began his career with Citibank in 1975 and held various positions, including CEO e-Business, developing Citibank’s Corporate Banking Internet strategy and platform; CEO Citigroup Latin America; Senior Advisor International; CEO Citigroup’s Commercial Business Group North America and Citibank Texas, a position he held until becoming the chief risk officer in 2007. Bermudez currently serves also as a director/trustee on The Federal Reserve Bank 11th District (Dallas). He has also served on the boards of Electric Reliability Council of Texas; American Institute of Architects; The Federal Reserve Bank Houston; Citibank, NA, and Citicorp USA; Council of the Americas; Mastercard International LAC; Siembra Group; Asociacion de Bancos Argentinos; FEMSA Group. He was chairman of the New York Clearing House Steering Committee.

Moody’s (500)

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Age: 59 Houston, TX Nationality:

ANDREA BERTONE Independent Director,Former President, Duke Energy International


Andrea Bertone is the former President of Duke Energy International. She spent 15 years at Duke Energy, including seven years as President of Duke Energy International with executive responsibility for coal, gas and hydro assets across a number of countries. Prior to her time at Duke Energy, she was Latin America counsel with Baker & McKenzie. She began her career as an attorney in Sao Paulo, Brazil, including an in-house corporate attorney for TAM Airlines. Other directorships include Yamana Gold, a Canadian listed gold producer, DMC Global Inc. and Amcor plc. Bertone earned a Bachelor of Law from the University of Sao Paulo Law School in Brazil and a Master of Law in International and Comparative Law from Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Peabody Energy (772)

Age: 68 New York, NY Nationality:

ANN C. BERZIN Independent Director Boards

Berzin served as Chairman and CEO of Financial Guaranty Insurance Company (FGIC), an insurer of municipal bonds, asset-backed securities and structured finance obligations, from 1992 to 2001. Berzin joined FGIC in 1985 as its General Counsel following seven years of securities law practice in New York City. She currently serves as a director of Trane Technologies plc (industrial manufacturing).She previously served as a director of Constellation Energy Group from 2008 to 2012 when Constellation merged with Exelon.

Exelon (92)

Age: 59 St. Paul, MN Nationality:

ALEX N BLANCO Chief Supply Chain Officer, Baxter International, Inc. Boards

Blanco was previously executive vice president and chief supply chain officer for Ecolab Inc. In this position where he oversaw the company’s global supply chain operations, including Ecolab’s 98 manufacturing plants and more than 200 distribution and other supply chain facilities around the world. Previously, Alex worked for Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G) for thirty years. Blanco led Supply Chain operations for key P&G divisions and held several international assignments. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University.

Patterson Companies (491)

Age: 51 Houston, TX Nationality:

MARIA CLAUDIA BORRAS Executive Vice President, Oilfield Services at Baker Hughes




She is responsible for setting the business and value-creation strategies of the Oilfield Services business. Borras leads approximately 26K employees. She has more than 25 years of experience in the oil & gas sector, serving as Chief Commercial Officer at GE Oil & Gas before. There she managed a global team of more than 4000 sales, commercial, and marketing professionals. She also served as President, Europe/Africa/Russia Caspian Region; VP, Global Marketing; VP, Centrilift Marketing; and Area Manager for a number of countries in Latin America. She began her career in the oil & gas industry in 1991 as a production engineer for Esso in Colombia. She then moved into operations, marketing, and management roles at Esso before joining Baker Hughes. She has broad experience in organizational transformation, process improvement and growth strategies.

Tyson Foods (73)

Age: 60 Madrid, Spain Nationality:

ANA PATRICIA BOTIN Executive Chairman, Banco Santander Boards

Botín has served as a director of Banco Santander, S.A. since 1989 and currently chairs the Executive and Innovation and Technology Committees and is a member of the Responsible Banking, Sustainability and Culture Committee. She is an executive director of both Santander US and Santander UK boards. She joined Santander after working at JP Morgan. In 1992 she was appointed Senior EVP. Between 1992 and 1998 she led the expansion of Santander in Latin America. From 2002 to 2010 she was Executive Chairman of Banco Español de Credito, S.A. (Banesto). From 2010-2014 she was CEO of Santander UK and currently serves as a Non-Executive Director. During her role as CEO of Santander UK, she led the transformation to one of Britain’s most innovative banks.

Coca-Cola Co. (93)

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Age: 68 New York, NY Nationality:

GUILLERMO BRON Managing Director, Pine Brook Road Partners, LLC. & Managing Member, PAFGP, LLC


Bron joined as director in 2007, and currently serves as Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Bron is a Managing Director at Pine Brook Road Partners, LLC, an investment firm, and is the Managing Member of PAFGP, LLC, the sole general partner of Pan American Financial, L.P. He served as a Managing Director of Acon Funds Management LLC, from 2006 to 2012. He also served as Chairman and a director of United Pan Am Financial Corp. (UPFC) from 1994 to 2011, and as a director of Pan American Bank, FSB, a former wholly owned subsidiary of UPFC, from 1994 to 2005. From 1994 to 2003, he was an officer, director and principal stockholder of a general partner of Bastion Capital Fund, a private equity investment fund primarily focused on the Hispanic market. Bron holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Management from MIT and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.

Stride, Inc.

Age: 67 Marietta, GA Nationality:

ANNA R CABLIK President, Anatek, Inc. & Anasteel & Supply Company, LLC


Anna started out working at Piedmont Hospital, after two years, she had an opportunity to change jobs and in 1976 she started working with a construction materials company. She stayed there for seven years, progressing from clerk to Vice President of the Company. In 1982 she left her position to start her first company: ANATEK, INC., a contracting company that specializes in highway bridges. After leading ANATEK, INC. to become one of the largest Hispanic owned firms in Georgia, Cablik started ANASTEEL & Supply Company, LLC in 1994. ANASTEEL is the only Hispanic/female owned reinforcing steel fabricator in the Southeast. Cablik was a partner in PanAmerican Logistics, LLC, a logistics company that operated the Perishables Center at the Atlanta Airport; and CAMANA Holdings, LLC, a real estate holding company sold in 2017.

Truist Financial (119)

Age: 66 Bethesda, MD Nationality:

MIGUEL CALADO Chairman& President,WY Group Boards

Dual citizen of Portugal and the United States of America. Chairman of the Board since 2020, member of the Board of Directors since 2019. Independent of the company and significant shareholders. Calado has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the Catholic University of Brazil and he’s Owner/President Management program in General Management at Harvard Business School. Calado has, among others, served as a member of the Board of Directors of Aveleda S.A. and OutSystems S.A. He has been President of iMAX Diagnostic Imaging Business Unit, Vice President of Hovione S.A., Vice President and CFO of Hovione S.A. Additionally, he has held various positions at PepsiCo, Inc. including Vice President and CFO of PepsiCo Foods International. Other current positions of trust: Calado is the President of Gamcal LLC, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Wygroup, S.A, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of OutSystems S.A. and a member of the Board of Directors of HNI Corporation.

HNI Corporation (971)

Age: 66 Washington, DC Nationality:




Caldera currently leads his own consulting business and served as the Director of the White House Military Office in 2009, as the United States Secretary of the Army from 1998 to 2001, as a member of the California State Assembly from 1992 to 1997 and practiced law in California from 1987 to 1992. Caldera earned a joint juris doctor and master of business administration from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School respectively. He earned a bachelor of science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, and served on active duty from 1978 to 1983.

Granite Construction (663)

Age: 47 Los Altos, CA Nationality:

TIMOTHY CAMPOS Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Woven Boards

Since 2016, Campos has been the CEO of Woven—an enterprise software company applying machine learning and natural language processing to workforce productivity. Before founding Woven and from August 2010 until November 2016, she served as Vice President and CIO for Facebook. Prior to Facebook, Campos was CIO for KLA-Tencor. He has deep expertise in enterprise software development, large scale distributed systems and data services and analytics. He has an MBA from both Columbia University and the University of California at Berkeley and a degree in electrical engineering and computer science also from the University of California at Berkeley.

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ROEL C. CAMPOS Senior Counsel, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP Boards

Campos is a partner and currently serves as Senior Counsel with the law firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP since February 2016, where he practices in the areas of securities regulation, corporate governance, and securities enforcement and serves as Chair of the firm’s Securities Enforcement Practice. Prior to that, he received a presidential appointment and served as a Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) from 2002 to 2007. Before the SEC, Campos was a founding partner of a Houston-based radio broadcaster. He is also a director of a private registered broker-dealer, Liquidnet Holdings, Inc. From 2008 to 2013, Campos served by selection of President Barack Obama on the President’s citizen Presidential Intelligence Advisory Board. He earned a B.S. degree from the United States Air Force Academy, an M.B.A. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.


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Regional Management Corporation

Age: 56 New York, NY Nationality:

SANDRA CAMPOS CEO, Project Verte & Founder, Fashion Launchpad Boards


Age: 71

Sandra is an internationally recognized retail technology CEO, entrepreneur, and retail executive. Throughout her career, she has built global lifestyle brands and has been instrumental in turnarounds, digital innovation, cultural marketing, and international expansion. With her extensive experience in retail and luxury fashion, she was appointed CEO of Project Verte, a retail and supply chain technology company. With the recent acceleration of e-commerce across the globe, her leadership prioritizes product-market fit and solving retailer’s supply chain needs. As the former CEO of Diane Von Furstenberg, Sandra is known to be an innovator whose focus on the implementation of Omni-channel, unified commerce strategies enhance the consumer experience and make a significant impact. Campos is a frequent keynote speaker, panelist, and invited guest across the globe, MSNBC, Telemundo and Bloomberg on topics ranging from female empowerment, retail innovation, leadership, and diversity in the workplace.

Big Lots (449)

Age: 51 Los Angeles, CA Nationality:

MICHAEL C CAMUÑEZ President & CEO, Monarch Global Strategies LLC Boards

Camuñez has significant experience as a senior executive, counselor, and advocate advising U.S. companies in domestic and global markets, and he possesses a unique combination of bi-partisan political, legal, economic, and international expertise. He is a frequent commentator on international trade, international economics, NAFTA, and the US-Mexico relationship in the press, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, CNBC’s Squawk Box, and other media outlets. Camuñez previously served for two years as Special Counsel to the President in the Office of the White House Counsel, as well as Special Assistant to the President. He is a former equity partner of the global law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP and of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP. A graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School.

Edison International (226)

Age: 57 Seattle, WA Nationality:

DEBRA ANN CANALES Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer,

Prior to joining Providence, Canales served CHE Trinity Health for over 10 years, most recently as executive vice president and chief administrative officer. During her tenure, she guided the organization through significant change, creating synergy across a geographically and operationally diverse system in 21 states. Throughout her 25-year human resources career, Canales has worked in a range of global Fortune 500 organizations, including Hewlett Packard/Compaq Computer Corporation, Yum Brands/ PepsiCo, R.H. Macy’s Inc. and Centura Health.


Amica Mutual Insurance (793), The Seattle Rep, Providence Health Plan, St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund, Well Being Trust

Age: 69 Coral Gables, Florida Nationality:

TERE A CANIDA Principal & Portfolio Manager, cito Capital Boards

Tere currently serves as Principal and Portfolio Manager of Cito Capital Group, LLC, a multi-family office registered as an investment advisor with the SEC. Prior to her role at Cito Capital Group. She served as President and Portfolio Manager (1985-2016) of Taplin, Canida & Habacht, LLC (TCH), an investment management firm specializing in Institutional fixed income account management with assets under management of approximately $12 billion at the time of its sale in 2008 to what is now Bank of Montreal (BMO). TCH managed client assets for public and corporate pension funds, endowments, foundations and hospitals. Tere was responsible for the firm’s strategy, investment policy and managing client portfolios along with the firm’s other portfolio managers. Prior to founding TCH in 1985, she was Vice President and Senior Investment Officer for Southeast Bank Trust Company. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from George Washington University.

Kemper (514)



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Age: 67 Arizona Nationality:

JOSÉ A CARDENAS Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Arizona State University


From 1982 through 2008, Cárdenas was a partner in the Phoenix-based law firm of Lewis and Roca. He became the firm’s managing partner in 1999 and chairman in 2003. he was a founding board member of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), which he chaired from 2002 to 2011. Cárdenas has been admitted to practice law in Arizona, California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court and is a member of various bar associations, including the Hispanic National Bar Association. He serves on the boards of directors of ASU affiliated and related entities, such as the ASU Foundation, and was a director of Swift Transportation Company until 2017. He is a past chairman of the boards of Greater Phoenix Leadership, Valley of the Sun United Way, the Translational Genomics Research Institute, and O’Connor House, and is a trustee of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

Southwest Gas Holdings (698)

Age: 57 Orlando, FL Nationality:

RICK CARDENAS President & Chief Operating Officer, Darden Restaurants Boards

Previously, Rick served as Darden’s Chief Financial Officer since March 2016. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. He began his career with Darden as an hourly employee in 1984, before joining the restaurant support center team in 1992 as an Auditor. From there he held increasingly more responsible positions including Director of Corporate Development, Director of Finance and Technology for Seasons 52, Vice President of Finance and Assistant Controller for Olive Garden, Senior Vice President of Finance and Controller for LongHorn Steakhouse, Senior Vice President of Finance and Controller for Red Lobster, and Executive Vice President of Operations for LongHorn Steakhouse. Rick briefly left the company in 1998 to work for management consulting firms Bain & Company and the Parthenon Group. Rick graduated summa cum laude from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Finance & Accounting. He earned an MBA from The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Tractor Supply (291)

Age: 62 Incline Village, Nevada Nationality:

CARLOS M CARDOSO Principal,CMPC Advisors LLC Boards

Cardoso joined CMPC Advisors LLC in January 2015. Prior to that, he served as Chairman of Kennametal, Inc. from January 2008 until December 2014 and as President and CEO of Kennametal from January 2006 until December 2014. He joined Kennametal in 2003 and served as Vice President, Metalworking Solutions and Services Group and then as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer before he became President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to his tenure with Kennametal, Cardoso was President of the Pump Division of Flowserve Corporation from 2001 to 2003. Cardoso faced the challenge of managing a complex company on a daily basis. This experience, combined with the skills he acquired in his leadership roles at Kennametal, Inc. and Flowserve Corporation, make him a valuable resource for Boards and management.

Stanley Black & Decker (209), Hubbell (602)

Age: 68 Birmingham, AL Nationality:

WALDEMAR A CARLO Professor of Pediatrics and Director, Division of

Carlo has served as Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Division of Neonatology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine since 1991. Carlo participates as a member of several medical and professional organizations. He has received numerous research awards and grants and has lectured extensively, both nationally and internationally. Additionally, he is a recipient of the Apgar Award, the highest recognition given to neonatologists by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Neonatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine




Mednax (825)

Age: 70 Maryland Nationality:

RICHARD H CARMONA Chief of Health Innovations, Canyon Ranch, Former Surgeon General of the United States


Carmona has been chief of health innovations of Canyon Ranch Inc., a life-enhancement company, since August 2017. He previously served as vice chairman of Canyon Ranch, chief executive officer of the Canyon Ranch health division and president of the nonprofit Canyon Ranch Institute from October 2006 to August 2017. He is the first distinguished professor of public health at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. Prior to joining Canyon Ranch, Carmona served as the 17th surgeon general of the United States from 2002 through 2006, achieving the rank of vice admiral. Previously, he was chairman of the state of Arizona Southern Regional Emergency Medical System, a professor of surgery, public health, and family and community medicine at the University of Arizona, and surgeon and deputy sheriff of the Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff’s Department. He served in the United States Army and the Army’s Special Forces.

Clorox (427), Herbalife Nutrition, Axon New addition to the 2021 Latino Leaders' Board List

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Age: 64 Puerto Rico Nationality:

ROBERT CARRADY President, Caribbean Cinemas Boards

Carrady, as President of Caribbean Cinemas, has acquired extensive leadership and business operations experience by overseeing and managing a theater operation of approximately 570 cinema screens in 68 locations across Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and several other Caribbean islands, as well as in Guyana, Panama and Bolivia. His entrepreneurial skills have helped develop Caribbean Cinemas into the largest movie theater chain in the Caribbean and has transformed the company which today manages in-house the construction of new sites, theatre operations, film buying, food concessions, screen advertising, game room concessions and real estate leasing and management.

Popular (815)

Age: 53 Dallas, TX Nationality:

ANTONIO CARRILLO President & CEO, Arcosa Inc. Boards

From April 2018 until November 2018, Carrillo served as the Senior Vice President and Group President of Construction, Energy, Marine and Components of Trinity Industries, Inc. From 2012 to February 2018, Carrillo served as the Chief Executive Officer of Orbia Advance Corporation (formerly known as Mexichem S.A.B. de C.V.) (“Orbia”). Prior to joining Orbia, he spent 16 years at Trinity Industries where he served as Senior Vice President and Group President of Trinity Industries’ Energy Equipment Group and was responsible for Trinity Industries’ Mexico operations. Carrillo previously served as a director of Trinity Industries from 2014 to November 2018 and as a director of Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. from 2015 to 2018. He has served as Professor of Finance at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. Carrillo holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at Universidad Anáhuac in Mexico City.

NRG Energy (333), Arcosa (975)

Age: 68 San Juan, P.R./ New York NY Nationality:

RICHARD CARRION Chairman of the Board of Directors, Popular, Inc. Boards

Carrión’s 44 years of banking experience and over 33 years heading Popular, give him a unique level of knowledge of the Puerto Rico financial system. Carrión, a well-recognized leader with a vast knowledge of the Puerto Rico economy, is actively involved in major efforts impacting the local economy. His knowledge of the financial industry led him to become a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for eight years. Chairman of Popular since 1993 and Executive Chairman from 2017 to 2019. CEO of Popular from 1994 to 2017 and President from 1991 to 2009 and from 2010 to 2014. Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Fundación Banco Popular, Inc. since 1991. Chairman and Director of Popular Foundation, Inc. since 2005. Member of the Board of Directors of Verizon Communications, Inc. from 1995 to 2019. Member of the International Olympic Committee since 1990 and Chairman of the International Olympic Committee Finance Commission from 2002 to 2013. Managing Member of RCA3 Investments, LLC.

Popular (815)

Age: 69 Washington, DC Nationality:

GILBERT CASELLAS Independent Director, Private Investor LATINO LEADERS JULY / AUGUST 2021



Casellas is an independent director, consultant and private investor. A member of the board of Prudential Financial, Inc. since 2001, he serves on advisory boards for Toyota, Procter & Gamble, Comcast, and the Millstein Center at Columbia Law School. In 2018, the National Association of Corporate Directors named him one of the 100 most influential boardroom leaders. He is a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, of the Pan American Development Foundation and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Law Institute. Under President Clinton, he was Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, General Counsel of the Air Force and Co-Chairman of the Census Monitoring Board. A Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, he is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg Law’s 1700-page treatise, Workplace Harassment, Second Edition (2018) and of its 2020 online edition.

Prudential Financial (55)

Age: 63 Puerto Rico & Florida Nationality:

KIMBERLY ANN CASIANO Independant Director Boards

Kim is the first Latina woman to serve on a top ten "Fortune 100" corporate board. She is a director of Ford Motor Company and Mutual of America, and a former director of Mead Johnson Nutrition Company. Kim brings deep board knowledge and over 35 years of experience in board governance; consumer segmentation and marketing; customer relationship management (CRM) programs; M&A strategic analysis and integration; ESG challenges; penetration of the U.S. Hispanic market; and doing business in Latin American and China markets. Casiano was founder and president of a management consulting company that assisted the U.S. Department of State, Agency for International Development (A.I.D.), focusing on Latin America and Caribbean investment, trade promotion, and economic development programs. Casiano studied Politics and Latin American Studies at Princeton University and obtained her Master’s in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Harvard Business School in 1981.

Ford Motor (21), Mutual of America Life Insurance New addition to the 2021 Latino Leaders' Board List

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Born to Be a Pioneer

Kim Casiano has been part of the Ford Motor Company board of directors for 18 years. She’s a pioneer entrepreneur, paving the road for more Hispanics to play an active role in corporate America. Congratulations to Kim on being honored in this annual Latino Leaders board edition.

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Age: 60 N/A Nationality:

MICHAEL J CAVE Retired Vice President, The Boeing Co. Boards

He served Boeing for 31 years, most recently as president of Boeing Capital Corp., a wholly owned Boeing subsidiary responsible for arranging, structuring and providing financing for Boeing's commercial airplane and space and defense products. Prior to that, Mr. Cave served as senior vice president of business development and strategy for the corporation; senior vice president and general manager for Boeing’s commercial airplane programs; chief financial officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and vice president of finance for Boeing Information, Space & Defense Systems.

Ball Corp. (260), Harley-Davidson (614)

Age: 67 Miami, FL Nationality:

JUAN N CENTO President, Latin America and Caribbean, FedEx Express Boards

Juan Cento’s primary focus is the broader strategic direction of the Latin America and Caribbean region, as well as magnifying the FedEx Express presence throughout the region. Furthermore, he is responsible for integrating the region into the FedEx global network, which serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. Cento began his career with FedEx in 1989 when the company merged with Flying Tigers. Immediately following the merger, he was promoted to managing director for South and Central America, based in Saõ Paulo, Brazil. In his 32+ years with FedEx, Cento has expanded the company’s presence in Latin America and helped FedEx Express become a pillar for growth in the region. A Cuba native, Cento moved to Miami in 1960, where he attended Miami-Dade College and proceeded to graduate from Florida International University College of Business Administration.

Assurant (302)

Age: 72 Orlando, FL Nationality:

RAUL E CESAN Founder & Managing Partner, Commercial Worldwide

Cesan is the Founder and Managing Partner of Commercial Worldwide LLC, an investment firm. Prior thereto, he spent 25 years at Schering Plough Corporation, serving in various capacities of substantial responsibility the President and Chief Operating Officer Executive Vice President of ScheringPlough Corporation and President of ScheringPlough Pharmaceuticals President of Schering Laboratories, U.S. Pharmaceutical Operations and President of Schering Plough International . Cesan was until April 2019 also a director of The New York Times Company.



Gartner (612)

Age: 58 Webster, TX Nationality:

FRANKLIN R CHANG-DIAZ Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Ad Astra Rocket

Díaz spent 25 years working at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), manning their shuttles and working to build the International Space Station. He also served as the director of the Advanced Space Propulsion Laboratory at the Johnson Space Center, part of NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center, for 12 years. Díaz is currently the chairman and CEO of Ad Astra Rocket Company, a U.S. spaceflight engineering company based in Houston, Texas.





Cummins (150)

Age: 72 Washington, DC Nationality:

LINDA L CHAVEZ Independent Director Boards

She is founder and chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity, a position she has held since January 2006. Prior to her appointment as chairman, Chavez served as president of the Center for Equal Opportunity from January 1995 through December 2005. She was a director of Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation from 2004 to 2008, where she served on the audit committee. Previously, she was a director of Greyhound Lines, Inc. from 1995 to 1999, when it was acquired by another company. Chavez has held numerous appointed positions, including chief executive officer of the National Commission on Migrant Education, chief executive officer of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and White House director of public liaison. In 1992, she was elected by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights to serve a four-year term as U.S. Expert to the U.N. Sub-Commission on the Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities. She is an author and nationally syndicated columnist and television commentator and writes extensively about public policy issues.

ABM Industries (462)

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Age: 63 New York, NY Nationality:

EMANUEL CHIRICO Chairman, PVH Corp Boards

Chirico is Chairman of PVH Corp., owner of an iconic family of brands including Calvin Klein TOMMY HILFIGER, Van Heusen, ARROW, Warner's and IZOD. Manny has been with PVH for over 26 years, serving as CEO from 2006 to January 2021 and Chairman since 2007. Under his leadership, PVH has become one of the largest and most admired fashion and lifestyle companies in the world, reaching $9.9 billion in annual revenues in 2019 and 40,000 associates operating in over 40 countries. He played a key role in acquiring Calvin Klein in 2003 and engineered the transformative acquisitions of Tommy Hilfiger in 2010 and Warnaco in 2013. Born and raised in the Bronx, Manny graduated from Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business in 1979.

PVH (404)

Age: 40 New York, NY Nationality:


Adriana Cisneros is CEO of Cisneros, a privately held company with over 90 years’ experience operating businesses globally. The company today has three divisions: Cisneros Media, Cisneros Interactive and Cisneros Real Estate. Adriana is President of the Fundación Cisneros, a not-for-profit organization, dedicated to improving access to education in Latin America. She is on the board of MoMA’s Latin American Acquisitions Committee (LACF) and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Cisneros Institute. Adriana is a board member of Endeavor Miami, and a Director and Trustee of the Paley Center for Media. Adriana is also a Board Member of Mattel, Inc., Parrot Analytics, the Knight Foundation and University of Miami. Adriana is a member of the Citibank Private Bank Latin American Advisory Board as well as an Advisory Board Member of Wyncode and TheVentureCity and was recently appointed as Head of Strategy for AST & Science. Adriana holds a BA from Columbia University (2002) and a Master’s Degree in journalism from New York University (2005).

Mattel (563)

Age: 49 New York, NY Nationality:

MARCELO CLAURE Chief Executive Officer, SoftBank Group International & Chief Operating Officer, SoftBank Group Corp


Marcelo oversees SoftBank’s strategic direction. He also spearheads the $5 billion SoftBank Latin America Fund dedicated to investing in technology growth opportunities throughout the region, as well as the newly-launched SB Opportunity Fund, a $100 million fund focused on investing in entrepreneurs of color. Previously, Claure served as President and CEO and then as Executive Chairman of Sprint, where he is widely recognized for delivering the best financial results in Sprint’s 120-year history and architecting its merger with T-Mobile U.S. Prior to Sprint, he founded Brightstar, which he built into the world’s largest global wireless distribution and services company and the largest Hispanic-owned business in U.S. history, with operations in more than 50 countries and revenues exceeding $10 billion.

Univision Communications (830)

Age: 68 Puerto Rico Nationality:

LUIS A CLAVELL-RODRIGUEZ Chief Medical Officer San Jorge's Children's Hospital LATINO LEADERS JULY / AUGUST 2021



He is the principal investigator for the Children’s Oncology Group and the Dana Farber Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Consortium at said institution. He was a professor of pediatrics and pathology from 1980 to 1994, and director of pediatric hematology oncology from 1984 to 1994, at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He has particular expertise in clinical investigation. He is the chairman of the Board’s Executive Committee and member of the Investment and Finance Committee.

Triple-S Management (648)

Age: 79 California Nationality:

ANTHONY COELHO Former Representative US Congress (CA) Boards

Anthony Lee Coelho (born June 15, 1942) is an American politician from California who served in the United States House of Representatives.A member of the Democratic Party, he was the primary sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act and is a former chairman and current member of the board of directors of the Epilepsy Foundation.

Service Corp. International (670)

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Age: 42 Dallas, TX Nationality:

RAFAEL COLORADO Managing Director, Senior Counsel, Hudson Advisors LP Boards

Colorado has been a Director with Hudson Advisors L.P., or Hudson Advisors, an affiliate, since January 2016. In such capacity, Colorado advises on legal issues impacting operating companies that are affiliates of Lone Star within North America, as well as other corporate investments. This is Colorado’s second stint with Hudson Advisors having previously been a Vice President at the firm from 2008 to 2012. In between his times at Hudson Advisors, he was a Partner at the law firm of Perkins Coie LLP, from 2012 to 2016, where he supported clients in various types of mortgage banking transactions, private and public securities offerings, debt financing transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to his time at Hudson, Colorado was an attorney with Bank of America and a CPA with Ernst & Young LLP.

Foundation Building Materials

Age: 46 Miami, FL Nationality:

CESAR CONDE Chairman of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises and NBCUniversal International Group


Conde has oversight of NBC News, MSNBC, and CNBC, including editorial and business operations for the television and digital properties. Previously, Conde was Chairman of NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. As Chairman of NBCUniversal International Group, Conde was responsible for the operations and international expansion of NBCUniversal businesses outside of North America. As Chairman of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, Conde oversaw the leading media properties that serve Hispanics worldwide.  He was instrumental in building NBCU Telemundo Enterprises into a world-class media company that produces and distributes high-quality Spanish-language content across a range of broadcast, cable, and digital properties. He holds a B.A. with honors from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Walmart (1), PepsiCo (44)

Age: 50 Mexico City, Mexico Nationality:

ANDRÉS CONESA LABASTIDA Chief Executive Officer, Aeromexico Boards

Conesa has been member of the IATA Board of Governors and an acting Board Member of Skyteam and the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA). Prior to Aeromexico, he held various positions in the Mexican Public Administration. He holds an Economics Bachelor degree from the Instituto Tecnológico de Mexico (ITAM) and a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Sempra Energy (255)

Age: 59 Atlanta, GA Nationality:

DEIRDRE P CONNELLY Retired President, North America Pharmaceuticals for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).




Prior to her tenure at GSK from 2009 to 2015, Connelly was with Eli Lilly and Company, where she had been president of Lilly USA. During her 26-year career with Eli Lilly, she held a variety of executive positions, including senior vice president of human resources for the corporation, as well as vice president of human resources for pharmaceutical operations. Connelly was named national sales manager for the Puerto Rico affiliate and later became director of sales and marketing for the Caribbean Basin Region. She also served as general manager for Eli Lilly Puerto Rico. Later, she was named executive director of global marketing for Evista, and leader of the woman’s health business unit in the U.S. In 2008, she was appointed to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships and helped select the White House Fellows, a prestigious annual program that fosters leadership and public service. Born in San Juan, Connelly earned a bachelor's degree in Economics and Marketing from Lycoming College. She also graduated from Harvard University's Advanced Management Program.

Macy’s (164), Lincoln National (172)

Age: 54 Park City, Utah Nationality:

EDUARDO F CONRADO Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Ascension


Conrado is accountable for the development of Ascension’s digital and data strategy and platform for consumer engagement as well as care delivery operations and product innovation. Prior to joining Ascension, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer for Motorola Solutions, Inc., Chicago. While there, he was responsible for managing the company’s growth-focused strategy, accelerating innovation across the company’s products, services and software. Previously, he led the company’s marketing and IT organizations. He joined Motorola in 1992 and served in a variety of leadership roles in multiple international businesses in a range of consumer and commercial segments across Motorola. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University, a MBA from ESADE, Barcelona, Spain; and a master’s degree in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

ArcBest (755)

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Age: 64 Los Angeles, CA Nationality:

MARIA CONTRERAS-SWEET Managing Partner, Rockway Equity Partners Boards

Sempra Energy (255), TriNet Group (618), Zions Bancorporation (754), Regional Management Corporation

Maria is the Managing Partner of Rockway Equity Partners, and she previously served as a member of President Obama’s cabinet as the 24th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration from April 2014 to January 2017. Since March 2017, Contreras-Sweet has served as a director and member of the audit committee of Sempra Energy. She was a founder of ProAmerica Bank, where she served as Executive Chairwoman from 2006 to 2014, and Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Fortius Holdings from 2003 to 2006. Prior to that, Contreras-Sweet served as the California cabinet Secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency from 1999 to 2003. Earlier in her career, she was a senior executive with Westinghouse Electric Company’s 7-Up/RC Bottling Company. She has been bestowed with honorary doctorates from Tufts University, Whittier College, California State University, Los Angeles, and La Verne University.

Age: 54 Winchester, MA Nationality:

EDUARDO CORDEIRO Independent Director Boards

Cordeiro served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer at Cabot Corporation, a global specialty chemicals and performance materials company, from 2009 to 2018. He also served as President of the Americas region from 2014 to 2018. During his 20-year tenure at Cabot Corporation, he held several corporate, business and executive management positions, including Vice President of Corporate Strategy and General Manager of its Fumed Metal Oxides and Supermetals businesses. Prior to his career at Cabot, Cordeiro was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and a founding partner of The Economics Resource Group.

Owens Corning (413), FMC Corporation (555)

Age: 65 Denver, CO Nationality:

LU M CÓRDOVA State of Colorado, Governor's Advisor on Efficiencies & Digital Transformation


Córdova has extensive business leadership and entrepreneurial experience. She has strong management skills from leading business development for companies from start-up phase through high growth into the public market. Her former international executive roles with McGraw-Hill Standard & Poor’s and Excite@Home, along with Chief Executive roles in private corporations, have given her extensive expertise in corporate finance and strategic planning. In addition, she is a citizen of both the United States and Mexico and has significant cross-border operations experience. Córdova also has experience in the development of government financial and economic policies from her formal economics education, from ten years with the 10th District Federal Reserve Bank, ultimately as chairman, and from serving on compensation and audit committees.

Kansas City Southern Railroad (812)

Age: N/A Minneapolis, MN Nationality:

PILAR CRUZ Chief Sustainability Officer, Cargill LATINO LEADERS JULY / AUGUST 2021



Pilar is responsible for leading the company’s efforts to drive transformational change in delivering sustainable supply chains for customers around the globe, while making agriculture part of how we deliver on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Pilar also leads Cargill’s global Communications and Corporate Responsibility functions, which includes advancing partnerships focused on accelerating progress on climate, food security, human rights, and women’s economic empowerment. Her career with Cargill has brought her from the plains of the south central United States, to Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, several European countries and the United Kingdom. Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Pilar is the first Latina promoted to Cargill’s Executive Team. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Universidad de Los Andes and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

Donaldson Company, Inc. (821)

Age: 56 São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil Nationality:

LINCOLN DA CUNHA PEREIRA FILHO Regional Vice President, BrazilChairman, UAB Motors Participacoes S.A.


Pereira has served as Regional Vice President, Brazil since March 2013. From 1999 to 2005, he served as a legal representative of United Auto do Brasil Ltda, a public auto group operating in São Paulo and controlled by United Auto Group. From 1995 through 2005, Pereira practiced law with Cunha Pereira Advogados, representing professional athletes and international racecar drivers. He founded Atrium Telecomunicações Ltda, a provider of local exchange telecommunication services. Atrium was sold to Telefonica of Spain in December 2004, and he founded E-Vertical Tecnologia, a leading provider of high tech facilities management services to commercial properties. From 1978 through 1995, he held numerous positions with various banks, both in Brazil and abroad. He is a Vice President of the São Paulo Chamber of Commerce (ACSP), serves as a Director of the Associação Brasileira dos Concessionários BMW and Associação Brasileira do Distribuidores Toyota. Pereira received his LL.B. from Faculdade de Direito do Largo de São Francisco, and is an alumnus of London Business School.

Group 1 Automotive (286)

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Age: 58 Washington, DC Nationality:

JUAN JOSE DABOUB President, Chairman & CEO, The Daboub Partnership Boards

Daboub, Ph.D., has been serving as the Chairman, President and CEO of The Daboub Partnership, a business consulting company, since 2010. He has been the Vice Chairman of The Dorado Group LLC, a private investment company, since 2014, and the Adviser and Founding CEO of the Global Adaptation Institute, a foundation dedicated to the understanding of climate change, since 2010. Since 1989, he has co-owned several companies in Latin America, including companies involving food production, biodegradable packaging materials manufacturing, and the distribution of internationally known brands. From 2012 to 2014, he was Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Climate Change and Managing Director of the World Bank Group from 2006 to 2010. From 1992 to 2004, he held several senior positions within the government of El Salvador, including as Minister of Finance and Chief-of-Staff to the President.

Philip Morris (101)

Age: 58 Los Angeles, CA Nationality:

GILBERT DÁVILA President & CEO, Dávila Multicultural Consulting Boards

Gilbert has spent 25 years working as a senior corporate marketing executive and multicultural market expert at:Procter & Gamble; Coca Cola USA; Sears, Roebuck and Company; and The Walt Disney Company where he served as the head of MC Marketing and Global Diversity. He co-founded DMI Consulting in 2010 to provide multicultural and inclusive marketing and strategic services. He co - founded the ANA’s AIMM (Alliance for Inclusive and Multicultural Marketing) comprised of 100 of the top corporations, media and research companies, advertising agencies and trade associations in the U.S. interested in targeting Hispanics, African Americans, Asians, LGBTQ members and People with Disabilities.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (833), Banner Health

Age: 58 Mexico City, Mexico Nationality:

ALFONSO DE ANGOITIA NORIEGA Co-Chief Executive Officer, Grupo Televisa Boards

Alfonso is an experienced business executive with over 15 years in the telecommunications industry.From 1999 to 2003, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Televisa. Prior to joining Televisa, he was a founding partner of the law firm Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes, S.C. Other public company directorships include Grupo Televisa S.A.B. (since April 1997); Empresas Cablevision, S.A.B. de C.V. (since August 1999); and Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B de C.V (since 2015).

Univision Communications (830)

Age: 55 San Francisco, CA Nationality:




Henrique De Castro joined the Board of Fiserv, Inc. as a Director in 2019 after serving as a Director of First Data since 2017. He led Cantor Fitzgerald’s venture capital arm, Cantor Ventures, from 2015 to 2019 and served as Chief Operating Officer at Yahoo! Inc. between 2012 and 2014. Prior to that, he held senior executive positions at Google including President of Partner Business, responsible for approximately a third of Google's revenues and President of Media, Mobile & Platforms where he built and scaled the business globally to over 50 countries. Prior to Google, De Castro had senior executive roles at Dell Technologies and McKinsey & Company. De Castro has extensive experience across the globe in the Technology, Internet, Media and Retail industries. He has an MBA from IMD in Switzerland and a Bachelor in Business and Economics from ISEG in Lisbon.

Fiserv (205)

Age: 63 Spain Nationality:


Pedro del Corro is a member of Torreal, S.A., one of the largest private investment firms in Spain. He joined Torreal in 1990 and is currently a managing director and a member of its board. Prior to joining Torreal, he held various positions with Procter & Gamble in Spain, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Portugal. He currently is a director of each of Arbarin Sicav, S.A. and Inversiones Naira Sicav, S.A. In the past five years, he has served as a member of the boards of directors of Universidad Europea de Madrid, S.L.U., Imagina and Saba Infraestructuras. Del Corro earned a law degree from the Universidad de Deusto and a business administration degree from ICADE Business School—Universidad Pontificia Comillas.

Laureate Education (803)

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Age: 68 Boca Raton, FL Nationality:

RALPH DE LA VEGA Founder & Chairman, De La Vega Group Boards

Founder and chairman of the De La Vega Group which invests in and advices startup companies that have a noble purpose and solve difficult problems using innovative technologies. De la Vega is the former Vice Chairman of AT&T Inc. and CEO of Business Solutions & International. Previously, he was President and CEO of AT&T Mobility. Under his leadership, AT&T Mobility became one of the world’s leading smartphone and mobile Internet providers. He is the author of the best-selling book Obstacles Welcome: Turn Adversity to Advantage in Business and Life (Thomas Nelson, 2009). De la Vega has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and a master’s degree in business administration from Northern Illinois University. He completed the Executive Program at the University of Virginia and received a Doctor Honoris Causa from FAU.

New York Life Insurance (67), American Express (83), Amdocs, Ubicquia

Age: 72 Såo Paulo, Brazil Nationality:


From 2003 to 2010, Oscar was a managing partner at Integra Assessoria em Negocios Ltda. in São Paulo, Brazil, a consulting firm specializing in financial restructuring, governance and interim management in turnaround situations.From 1997 to 1999, he was CEO of Bunge International, a leading global agribusiness and food company. Prior to joining Bunge, he was Senior Vice President and Managing Partner for Latin America with Booz Allen and Hamilton, Inc. and prior to that, operations director in Brazil for Ferro Corporation.

Mosaic (346)

Age: 67 Arlington, VA Nationality:

RUDY F DELEON Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress Boards

Rudy deLeon is a senior fellow with the National Security and International Policy team at American Progress. He has worked at the organization since 2007 and focuses on U.S. national security issues and U.S.-China relations. DeLeon’s 25-year government career concluded in 2001 after his tenure as deputy secretary of defense, during which time he served as the chief operating officer at the Pentagon, a member of the Deputies Committee of the National Security Council, and a member of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Partnership Council on labor-management issues. For five years, beginning in 2001, he served as a senior vice president for the Boeing Company, focusing on global trade issues and Washington, D.C., operations. DeLeon earned a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University in 1974. In 1984, he completed the executive program in national and international security at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. DeLeon received the Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award in 1994, 1995, and 2001 and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal in 2001.

General Dynamics (84)

Age: 61 N/A Nationality:

Joaquin Delgado worked at 3M Company from 1987 until his retirement in July 2019. He most recently served as Executive Vice President since July 2009, having operating responsibility for three Business Groups consecutively: Electro-Communications Business Group, Health Care Business Group and Consumer Business Group. Delgado has a PhD in polymer science and engineering from Lehigh University.




Hexion (747), Stepan Company (992), Goldman Sachs Trust

Age: 55 Nashville, TN Nationality:

FRED M DIAZ Independent Director Boards

From April 2018 to March 2020, Diaz served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. He previously served in executive management roles at Nissan, most recently as Division Vice President and General Manager, North America, Trucks and Commercial Vehicles, of Nissan North America, Inc. Prior to that, Diaz served as Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Operations, of Nissan USA. Before joining Nissan in 2013, Diaz spent 24 years at Chrysler Corporation, where he held a number of executive management roles, including President and Chief Executive Officer of Chrysler’s Ram Truck brand and President and Chief Executive Officer, Chrysler de Mexico and Latin America. Diaz is a graduate of Texas Lutheran University and holds an M.B.A. from Central Michigan University.

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PAUL J DIAZ President & Chief Executive Officer, Myriad Genetics, Inc. Boards

Paul was most recently a partner at Cressey & Company (2016-2020), a private investment firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Paul is the former president and chief executive officer and vice chairman of Kindred Healthcare, Inc. At the time, Kindred had revenues of $7.2 billion, rehabilitation hospitals, sub-acute units, home health and hospice agencies and contract rehabilitation locations. For six years in a row, during his tenure as CEO, Kindred was ranked one of the Most Admired healthcare companies in the U.S. by Fortune magazine. Modern Healthcare magazine named Paul one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and named him one of the top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare for numerous years. In addition, Hispanic magazine named Paul one of the 25 Best Latinos in business in multiple years. Paul earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting from American University’s Kogod School of Business and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.


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Age: 58

DaVita (271), Myriad Genetics, Inc.

Age: 58 Santa Fe, NM Nationality:


Diaz served as President of the Editorial Televisa subsidiary of Televisa for the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico, and also served as President of Distribuidora Intermex, S.A. de C.V., a subsidiary of Grupo Televisa, S.A.B., from 2012 until 2015. She served as president of Sistema Radiópolis, S.A. de C.V., from 2010 until 2012. She holds a degree in chemical engineering from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana and a postgraduate certificate as a marketing specialist from the Universidad EAFIT in Colombia.


Age: 73 San Antonio, TX Nationality:

PATRICIA DIAZ DENNIS Retired Senior Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, AT&T


Patricia Diaz Dennis retired from AT&T in 2008 as Senior Vice President & Assistant General Counsel. She currently serves on three public boards: U.S. Steel, Entravision Communications Corporation and Amalgamated Bank. Her past board service includes Telemundo, Carr America, UST and Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. She was the first Latina Board Chair of the Girl Scouts of the USA (2005-2008). She also served on the NPR Board. Diaz Dennis received three Presidential appointments confirmed by the U.S. Senate: Member of the National Labor Relations Board (1983), Commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission (1986) and Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs (1992), all firsts for a Latina.

Entravision Communications Corp, Amalgamated Financial Corp

Age: 50 Miami, FL Nationality:

JOHN J DIEZ Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Ryder System, Inc.

Trinity Industries (955)

Age: 63 New York, NY Nationality:

BRUNO V DI LEO Managing Director, Bearing North, LLC Boards

Bruno Di Leo is the Managing Director for Bearing-North LLC, an independent advisory focused on business expansion and senior executive counseling in strategy and operations. Di Leo sits on the Board of Directors of Ferrovial S.A. in Spain (FER.MC). He is a member of the International Advisory Board of Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa (IESE) in Spain, and also serves in the Deming Center Advisory Board of Columbia Business School. He retired from IBM in June 2018 as IBM Senior Vice President. He has business leadership experience in multinational environments, having lived and held executive positions on four continents. During his career, he has built a reputation for operational excellence, innovative strategic thinking, working with the highest level of integrity, and a deep commitment to IBM clients.

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He is responsible for Ryder’s financial management functions including finance and accounting, treasury, tax, audit, corporate strategy, and investor relations. From 2019 to 2021, Diez was president of Ryder’s Fleet Management Solutions business unit, the company's largest business segment. He led all areas of global fleet operations. From 2015 to 2019, Diez was president of Ryder’s Dedicated Transportation Solutionsbusiness unit where he was responsible for setting the strategic direction of DTS, prior to that role, he held the title of senior vice president of DTS. He also served as senior vice president of asset management, in which he led all aspects of strategy, operations, capital and operating planning, and corporate compliance for the commercial rental, used vehicle sales and strategic sourcing organizations. Earlier, Diez was senior vice president of global field finance, where he managed the finance functions for global operations.

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Age: 57 Los Angeles & Sacramento, CA Nationality:

DORENE C DOMINGUEZ CEO and Chairwoman of Vanir Boards

Dorene has serve d as the Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of the Vanir Group of Companies and its subsidiaries, Vanir Construction Management and Vanir Development Company , since 2004. She is member of the governing group that aggressively pursued and ultimately purchased the Sacramento Kings professional basketball team in 2013. With the purchase, Dominguez became the first Latina to hold the distinction of National Basketball Association (NBA ) governor status. She is also a member of the governing group for the Sacramento Republic Football Club, which is scheduled to begin Major League Soccer(MLS) play in 2022. Dominguez formed The Dominguez Dream in Memory of H. Frank Dominguez nonprofit, formerly known as The Vanir Foundation in Memory of her father, in 2004. Dominguez graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and holds a Certificate in Corporate Governance from Harvard University. She is one of the most powerful business woman in the Country.

KB Home (603), CIT Group (719)

Age: 62 New Jersey Nationality:

CARLOS DOMINGUEZ Vice Chairman of the Board and Chief Evangelist at Sprinklr.


Carlos has more than 30 years of enterprise technology experience and an unparalleled passion for innovation. Previously an active member of Sprinklr’s board of directors, today Carlos guides strategic direction for Sprinklr and leads the marketing, sales, services, and partnerships teams for the most complete enterprise social technology company in the world. Prior to joining Sprinklr, Carlos spent 22 years at Cisco Systems. Over the last seven years, he served as a technology evangelist and representative for the chairman and CEO of Cisco, delivering keynotes to audiences worldwide. During his tenure at Cisco, he cemented the company in the strategic markets of financial services, media, and pharmaceuticals. He also helped establish and lead Cisco’s Service Provider organization to generate more than $14 billion in annual revenue.

Hartford Financial Services Group (142), Medidata Solutions

Age: 71 Washington, DC Nationality:

CARI M DOMINGUEZ Independent Director Boards

Cari was the chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from 2001 to 2006. She is president of Dominguez & Associates, a management consulting firm, which she founded in 1999. From 1995 to 1998, she was a partner at Heidrick & Struggles, an international executive search firm. From 1993 to 1995, she was a director at Spencer Stuart, a consulting firm. From 1989 to 1993 she was Assistant Secretary for the Employment Standards Administration and Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs at the U.S. Department of Labor. Before then, Dominguez held senior management positions with Bank of America.

Triple-S Management Corporation, The Calvert Funds, NACD

Age: 67 Houston, TX Nationality:

MARCELA E DONADIO Former Partner and Americas Oil & Gas Sector Leader, Ernst & Young LLP




Donadio retired as a partner of Ernst & Young LLP in 2014. Prior to her retirement, she was Americas Oil & Gas Sector Leader for Ernst & Young LLP from 2007, with responsibility for one of EY’s significant industry groups helping set firm strategy for oil and gas industry clients in the U.S. and throughout the Americas. Donadio joined EY LLP in 1976, and from 1989 served as an audit partner for multiple companies in the oil and gas industry. During her tenure as a partner with EY LLP, she held various energy industry leadership positions. She has audit and public accounting experience with a specialization in domestic and international operations in all segments of the energy industry. Donadio holds a B.S. in accounting from Louisiana State University and is a licensed certified public accountant in the State of Texas.

Norfolk Southern (307), National Oilwell Varco (457), Marathon Oil (733)

Age: 57 New York, NY Nationality:

JOAQUIN DUATO Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee, Johnson & Johnson


Joaquin’s 30-plus year career at J&J has spanned multiple business sectors, geographies and functions. In his current role, he provides strategic direction for the Pharmaceutical and Consumer Health sectors (a $60 billion portfolio) and oversees the Global Supply Chain, Technology and Health & Wellness teams. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Joaquin oversaw the Company’s rapid response to the crisis and drove coordination of global initiatives to safeguard the health of employees, ensure business and supply chain continuity, and accelerate the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. He is a past chair of PhRMA. As the current executive sponsor of Johnson & Johnson’s African Ancestry Leadership Council, Joaquin is committed to nurturing a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace—work recognized by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association in 2017 when he received the Honorable Mentor award. Joaquin earned an MBA from ESADE in Barcelona, Spain, and a Master of International Management from Thunderbird in Phoenix, Arizona.

Hess Corporation (543)

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From the boardroom to the breakroom and everywhere in between, The Home Depot builds an experience for its associates, suppliers and customers that celebrates diversity and fosters inclusion. We’re thankful for our leaders like Manual Kadre who support and strengthen our commitment to our values.

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Age: 56 Bedford Hills, NY Nationality:

DINA DUBLON Independent Director Boards

DUBLON served as Executive Vice President and CFO at JPMorgan Chase & Co, from 1998 until her retirement in 2004. In this role, she was responsible for financial management, corporate treasury and investor relations. Dublon previously held numerous positions at JPMorgan Chase and its predecessor companies, including corporate treasurer, managing director of the financial institutions division and head of asset liability management. Dublon also previously served on the faculty of Harvard Business School and on the boards of several non-profit organizations. She also currently serves on the board of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., a global investment management organization, and the independent audit quality committee of Ernst & Young LLP, the board of advisors of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the board of directors of the Westchester Land Trust

PepsiCo (44) T. Rowe Price Group

Age: 59 Miami, FL Nationality:

SONIA DULÁ Independent Director & Advisor Boards

Dulá is a business executive and entrepreneur and, until March of 2018, she was Vice Chairman at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Prior to this position, she was head of the Latin America Wealth Management Division at Merrill Lynch and head of Corporate and Investment Banking for Latin America. Following her MBA, she worked for nine years at Goldman Sachs, where she led landmark privatizations out of Spain, Italy and Mexico, as well as global debt and equity offerings for Latin American issuers. After Goldman Sachs, Sonia became CEO of Telemundo Studios México, the production center for Telemundo Network (USA). She co-founded two internet companies – Internet Group of Brazil and Obsidiana – and she was CEO of Grupo Latino de Radio, a Prisa company with more than 500 owned and operated radio stations in Latin America and the US Hispanic market.

Huntsman (460), Hemisphere Media Group

Age: 57 River Shores, FL Nationality:

ANA DUTRA CEO, Mandala Global Advisors Boards

CME Group (537), Eletropar-Eletrobas, Harvest Inc., First Internet Bank, M. Holland, Greeley and Hansen, Lifespace Senior Living Communities, Elkay Manufacturing, Jelmar

Dutra is an experienced CEO, Business Advisor and Corporate Board Director of publicly traded, family-owned and private corporations. She has 30+ years of experience in P&L management, deals structuring, technology, business growth and C-Level business advisory in over 25 countries. In her own tenure as CEO, proxy Officer and P&L leader with companies such as IBM, CSC, Marsh & McLennan and Accenture, Ana created several $500+ MM global business through the combination of organic growth, global acquisitions and joint-ventures, innovative go-to-market approaches and incorporation of technology and digitalization of services and products. Ana holds an MBA from Kellogg, a Masters in Economics from Pontificia Universidade do Rio de Janeiro, a Juris Doctor from Universidade do Rio de Janeiro, all summa cum laude.

Age: 64 New York, NY Nationality:




Pfizer( 77), Bank of New York Mellon Corp. (180), Unum Group (230), Xerox Holdings (415)

Age: N/A Boston, MA Nationality:

JUAN ENRIQUEZ Managing Director, Excel Venture Management Boards

Echevarria served as CEO of Deloitte LLP. He previously served in increasingly senior leadership positions during his 36-year career at the firm, including U.S. Managing Partner for Operations, prior to being named CEO. In addition to the public company board services noted above, Echevarria currently serves as a Trustee and senior advisor to the President of the University of Miami. Echevarria previously served as Chairman of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and as a Member of the Private Export Council, the principal national advisory committee on international trade. He has served as a director since 2015, as Lead Director from 2016 through 2019 and as Chair since 2019. Echevarria earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Miami.

Cabot Corp. (813), Excel Venture Management, Synthetic Genomics

He is a leading authority on the economic impact of life sciences on business and society and is a respected business leader and entrepreneur. Prior to Excel, Juan was the founding Director of the Harvard Business School's Life Sciences Project, with many of his innovative thoughts captured in his bestselling book, As The Future Catches You, which provided an accurate blueprint of how a bio-based economy changes industries and corporations. Juan became an active angel investor and founder of Biotechonomy Ventures which invested in BioTrove, Xcellerex, and Synthetic Genomics, a company he co founded with Drs. J. Craig Venter and Hamilton Smith to apply synthetic biology solutions to address global energy, medicine, clean water, and food challenges. As a business leader, advisor, and renowned speaker, Juan works directly with the CEOs of a number of Fortune 50 companies, as well as various heads of state, on how to adapt to a world where the dominant language is shifting from the digital towards the language of life. He graduated from Harvard with a B.A. and an M.B.A., both with honors. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Age: 60 San Bernardino, CA Nationality:

ANNA ESCOBEDO-CABRAL Senior Advisor, Inter-American Development Bank Boards

Cabral is a partner in The Cabral Group, a firm dedicated to serving clients in need of government and public relations support. From 2009 through May of 2018, Cabral served as a Senior Principal Advisor within the External Relations department of the Inter-American Development Bank, the largest source of development financing for the Caribbean and Latin America. She was the Bank’s principal liaison between senior management and parliamentary bodies, including the U.S. Congress. She served as Treasurer of the United States, U.S. Department of the Treasury, helping the Secretary of the Treasury fulfill the President’s economic agenda. From 1991-1999, she was executive staff director for the U.S. Senate Republican Conference Task Force on Hispanic Affairs and deputy staff director for the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Cabral earned her Juris Doctorate from George Mason University School of Law. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Davis.

Navient (644)

Age: 61 New Jersey Nationality:

IRENE M ESTEVES Independent Director Boards

Esteves was formerly Chief Financial Officer of Time Warner Cable Inc., a post she held from July 2011 to May 2013. She previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of XL Group plc from May 2010 to June 2011. Prior to that position, Esteves was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Regions Financial Corporation from April 2008 to February 2010. She previously served on the board of directors of TW Telecom Inc. from June 2014 to October 2014 and the board of directors of Timberland Co. from June 2003 to June 2009.

Aramark (235), R.R. Donnelley & Sons (499), Spirit AeroSystems Holdings (684), KREF

Age: 70 Spain Nationality:

ÓSCAR FANJUL MARTÍN Vice Chairman, Omega Capital Boards

Fanjul is Vice Chairman of Omega Capital, a private investment firm based in Spain. He is the Founding Chairman and former CEO of Repsol. Fanjul is Vice Chairman of the Board of LafargeHolcim and a director of Ferrovial. He is a former director of Unilever, the London Stock Exchange, Areva, Acerinox and Deoleo. He is a dual Spanish and Chilean national and has a PhD in Economics.

Marsh & McLennan (175)

Age: 59 Dallas, TX Nationality:




Over his career, Manny has held a number of business leadership roles, including most recently Managing Partner at KPMG, leading a clients and markets team of over 3,000 members covering 9 offices in the Southwest Region, across Audit, Tax and Consulting. A total of twenty-three years as an Audit Partner or Senior Account Executive for some of KPMG’s most prominent clients in a variety of industry sectors, including Consumer, Industrial Manufacturing, Retail, and Media. International experience includes working with large SEC, multi-national companies, including “initial public offerings” (IPO’s), and have worked and lived outside the U.S. (Mexico City) during his career. Fernandez also served on PMG’s National Inclusion and Diversity Board and Co-Chair of the National Hispanic / Latino ERG group with over 2,000 members. Led the strategy to attract, retain, develop and promote more, at the firm. Manny is Former Trustee for the KPMG Foundation.

Jacobs Engineering Group (225), HollyFrontier (279)

Age: 73 Miami, FL Nationality:

MANUEL A FERNANDEZ Managing Director SI Ventures Boards

Fernandez co-founded SI Ventures, a venture capital firm focusing on IT and communications infrastructure, and served as the managing director from 1998 until his retirement in 2014. His previous positions include Chairman and CEO of Gartner, Inc. and CEO of Dataquest, Inc. Fernandez holds a degree in electrical engineering and completed post-graduate work in solid-state engineering at the University of Florida, and also completed post-graduate work in business administration at the Florida Institute of Technology. He was first elected as a Director of the Company in 2014.

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Orange, CA

JACKIE FERNANDEZ Retired Partner, Deloitte & Touche Boards

Nationwide (76)

Age: 50 Orlando, Fl Nationality:

MIGUEL FERNANDEZ President & Chief Executive Officer, Tupperware Brands Boards

Certified public accountant and a retired partner in the Audit practice of Deloitte & Touche LLP, where she served clients primarily in the Consumer and Industrial Products industry. She has significant experience working in this industry, having served both public companies and private family-owned growth companies in addition to subsidiaries of international corporations. She was elected to the Nationwide board in 2017. Fernandez previously served as president of the Retail Executives of Southern California and served on the board of the Network of Executive Women.



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During his25+ year career, he has established himself as a notable leader in the direct selling industry with a strong record of implementing and executing positive global transformations. He joined Tupperware as President and CEOi n April 2020. Miguel spent more than two years as Global President at Avon Products Inc. (“Avon”). During his time at Avon, he led the company’s transformation strategy, helping to modernize and optimize Avon’s digital functions and developing a new omni-channel approach in order to drive growth and enhance revenue. Prior to joining Avon, Fernandez spent a decade in senior roles at Herbalife Nutrition, where he served as Executive Vice President and Managing Director for the Americas and Worldwide Member Operations. During his time at Herbalife Nutrition, Miguel was instrumental in transforming the Herbalife Mexico business to be one of the largest direct-selling companies in Mexico. Miguel holds a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering, with honors, from the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico and a Master of Business Administration from Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.

Age: 53 Washington, DC Nationality:

RAUL FERNANDEZ Vice Chairman & Owner, Monumental Sports & Entertainment


Broadcom (121) , DXC Technology (152), URBANEER, AtSite Inc, Prefect Sense Digital, General Atlantic, Carrick Capital Partners, SyncThink

Vice Chairman and Owner of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, a private partnership that co-owns the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, Team Liquid eSports and Wizards District Gaming NBA 2K, as well as co-owns and operates Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. He also serves as Special Advisor and Limited Partner to General Atlantic Partners, a growth equity firm with more than $31 billion under management. He previously served in several leadership roles at various technology companies, including as Chairman and CEO for ObjectVideo, a leading developer of intelligent video surveillance software. Fernandez has more than three decades of executive experience scaling innovative and rapidly growing technology companies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland.

Age: 60 Ridgefield, CT Nationality:

ANTONIO FERNANDEZ President, AFF Advisors, LLC Americold Realty Trust (957), Utz Brands, Inc., Green Rabbit Holdings, Inc.

Age: N/A Monterrey, NL, Mexico Nationality:

FRANCISCO JAVIER FERNÁNDEZ CARBAJAL Chief Executive Officer, Servicios Administrativos Contry S.A. de C.V.


Francisco is the CEO of Servicios Administrativos Contry S.A. de C.V., a privately held company that provides central administrative and investment management services, since June 2005. Prior to this responsibility, he had an extensive professional career in financial services. From July 2000 to January 2002, he was CEO of the Corporate Development Division of Grupo Financiero BBVA Bancomer, S.A., a Mexico-based banking and financial services company that owns BBVA Bancomer, Mexico’s largest bank. Prior to this role, he held other senior executive positions at Grupo Financiero BBVA Bancomer since joining in September 1991, serving as president from October 1999 to July 2000, and as CFO from October 1995 to October 1999. He holds a degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Fernandez previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer of Pinnacle Foods, Inc. from 2011 to 2016, where he was responsible for management of the company’s end-to-end supply, while also overseeing Pinnacle’s food quality, safety and productivity programs. He. was Senior Vice President Operational Excellence at Kraft Foods, Inc., following Kraft’s acquisition of Cadbury, plc in 2010, until he joined Pinnacle in 2011. Fernandez was at Cadbury from 1998 until 2010, serving in a series of senior management positions, including Chief Supply Chain Officer. His early career included roles in manufacturing, procurement, engineering and consulting with Proctor & Gamble Co. , PepsiCo, Inc. and The Canaan Group. He received his bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College.

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Age: 57 San Juan, PR Nationality:

MARÍA LUISA FERRÉ RANGEL President & CEO, Grupo Ferré Rangel Boards

As president and CEO, Maria Luisa leads the company’s development and diversification strategies with relentless visionary force, unafraid of new ventures and challenges, and focused on growth and sustainable entrepreneurship. She oversees a family holding company with leading operations in media, real estate, and customer engagement in Puerto Rico, the United States and Latin America. She also serves as Publisher of GFR Media, Grupo Ferré Rangel’s media arm and the leading media business in Puerto Rico.

W.R. Berkley (372), Popular (815)

Age: N/A Buenos Aires, Argentina Nationality:

PABLO ALEJANDRO FERRERO Independent Energy Consultant Boards

Ferrero has been a director since 2013. He is an independent energy consultant and the former chief executive officer of Transportadora de Gas del Sur S.A. His experience includes more than 20 years in the energy industry, including director and senior management positions with major South American energy companies. Ferrero has served as director and chairman of the board of several energy companies and industry-related boards.

Sempra Energy (255)

Age: 64 New York, NY Nationality:

JUAN FIGUEREO Venture Partner, Ocean Azul Partners Boards

Former EVP and CFO of Revlon. Prior to joining Revlon, Juan served as EVP & CFO of NII Holdings a NASDAQ listed provider of wireless communication services under the Nextel brand. Juan also served as EVP & CFO at Newell Brands a global marketer of consumer and commercial products, listed on the NYSE. Before serving at Newell Brands, he was EVP & CFO of Cott Corporation. Juan also served as VP in charge of mergers and acquisitions at Walmart. Prior to Walmart he served in a number of key international positions at PepsiCo, including VP and managing director for Frito-Lay Dominican Republic, VP of Business Integration for Frito-Lay Europe in London, VP and CFO of Frito-Lay South Europe in Barcelona, VP and CFO of Pepsi-Cola Bottling in Sao Paulo and VP and CFO of Pepsi-Cola Latin America. He holds a bachelor of business administration from Florida International University.

Deckers Outdoor (929), Western Alliance Bancorporation

Age: 57 Los Angeles, CA Nationality:

JOHN G FIGUEROA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Carepathrx LATINO LEADERS JULY / AUGUST 2021



John Figueroa was appointed a director of Reliance in October 2010. He serves as Chair of our Compensation Committee and as a member of our Nominating and Governance Committee.Mr. Figueroa is the Chairman and CEO of Carepathrx. Over the course of his career, he has served in executive and board positions with Genoa Healthcare, Apria Healthcare Group Inc., Omnicare, Inc., and McKesson Corporation. Mr. Figueroa has also served the country as an officer in the United States Army. Mr. Figueroa holds Bachelor’s degrees in English Literature and Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles, where he was a distinguished military graduate. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University, where he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus. Currently, Mr. Figueroa also serves on the Executive Committee for the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School Board and is a guest lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Reliance Steel & Aluminum (343)

Age: 68 San Juan, PR Nationality:

MANUEL FIGUEROA-COLLAZO President, Smart Networks, LLC Boards

Figueroa-Collazo is the president of Smart Networks, LLC, a telecommunication, hosting and data processing company in Puerto Rico. From 1999 to 2019, he was president of VERNET, Inc., an educational software development company. He has fifteen years of experience in senior management positions and over twenty-five years of exposure at all management levels in the information and telecommunications industries. He was previously CEO of AT&T de Mexico and currently chairs the State Committee for NSF’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCor) in Puerto Rico.

Triple-S Management (648)

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR BOARD MEMBER, SONIA PÉREZ, FOR BEING RECOGNIZED AS A LATINA LEADER. At Sanderson Farms, we are committed to diversity in the workplace. We celebrate all Latino leaders who contribute to our success and to the success of their companies and communities all across the country.

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Age: 60 Grandbury, TX Nationality:

RAFAEL FLORES Senior Vice President & Chief Nuclear Officer, Luminant Boards

Flores joined Luminant, a private Texas-based electric utility, in 1983 and served as Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer from 2009 to 2015. In this position, he oversaw operations at the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant in Texas, reported nuclear matters directly to Luminant’s nuclear oversight advisory board and represented Luminant with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, the Nuclear Energy Institute and on various committees and working groups in the nuclear industry.

Ameren (469)

Age: 51 N/A Nationality:

LIDIA L FONSECA Chief Digital & Technology Officer, Executive Vice President, Pfizer


Lidia Fonseca is Chief Digital and Technology Officer at Pfizer, responsible for enterprise-widedigital, data and technology strategy and solutions to support the purpose of deliveringBreakthroughs that Change Patients’ Lives. She also leads Learning and Development andBusiness Process Excellence. In her prior role, Lidia was CIO at Quest Diagnostics, the world’sleading provider of diagnostic information services. In 2020, Lidia joinedFast Company’s Impact Council and Pfizer was named one of Fast Company magazine’s 100 BestWorkplaces for Innovators. She was on ALPFA’s 2020 list of the 50 Most Powerful Latinas andnamed 2020 Healthcare Influencer and 2019 Healthcare Transformer by Medical, Marketing &Media. She received Forbes’ 2017 CIO Innovation Award. She earned a BA from the University ofCalifornia, Berkeley and an MBA and Master Business Informatics from Rotterdam School ofManagement, Erasmus Graduate School of Business.

TEGNA (756)

Age: 65 Rockville, MD Nationality:

MARIA FREIRE President & Executive Director, Foundation for the National Institutes of Health


She is the President and Executive Director and member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH). Prior to FNIH, from 2008 to 2012, she was President of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, where she established programmatic initiatives that expanded the brand and reach of the foundation. From 2001 to 2008, she served as President and CEO of the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance), a not-for-profit organization that develops drugs to fight tuberculosis, and from 1995 to 2001, she directed the Office of Technology Transfer at the NIH. Freire obtained her BS degree at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru, and her PhD in Biophysics from the University of Virginia. She completed postgraduate work in Immunology and Virology at the University of Virginia and the University of Tennessee, respectively, and at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She is widely recognized as an expert in technology commercialization and has a wide range of experience in the public and private biomedical sectors.

Biogen (228), Alexandria Real Estate Equities (890)

Age: 67 Atlanta, GA Nationality:




Paul is a pioneer in the financial services industry, became Chief Executive Officer of NDC’s Atlanta-based eCommerce line of business in June 1999. NDC e-Commerce began operating as Global Payments Inc. on December 11, 2000, and the new company spun off from NDC on February 1, 2001. During his 14-year tenure as Chief Executive Officer, Global Payments grew annual revenues from $350 million to $2.4 billion. Garcia has served on the Global, U.S. and Latin American Boards of MasterCard International, West Corporation. Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, and the Electronic Transaction Association. Garcia holds a B.A. from Ithaca College.

Truist Financial (119), Deluxe Corporation, Repay Holdings, Payment Alliance International

Age: 56 Charlotte, NC Nationality:

MICHAEL GARCIA Former President Pulp & Paper Division, Domtar

Garcia was President of the Pulp and PaperDivision of Domtar Corporation from April 2014 to January 2021. The Division designs,manufactures, markets and distributes a wide variety of fiber-based products includingcommunication papers, specialty and packaging papers and market pulp. Prior to joiningDomtar, Garcia was the Chief Executive Officer at EVRAZ Highveld Steel & VanadiumCo. in South Africa. he has more than 25 years of international managementexperience in paper, steel, and aluminum manufacturing and marketing. He has been aDirector of IPL and WPL since 2020.



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Age: 59 New York, NY Nationality:

ART A GARCIA Former Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Ryder System, Inc.


Garcia retired in 2019 as the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Ryder System, Inc., a $8.4 billion commercial fleet and supply chain management solutions company, a position held since 2010 and was a member of Ryder’s executive leadership team. Previously, he served as senior vice president, controller and chief accounting officer of Ryder from 2005 to 2010. Garcia joined Ryder in 1997 as senior manager of corporate accounting. He later served as director of corporate accounting and, subsequently, as group director of accounting services. Prior to joining Ryder, Garcia spent 14 years with the Miami office of the accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand LLP as senior manager of business assurance.

American Electric Power (204), ABM Industries (462), Elanco Animal Health (699)

Age: N/A New York, NY Nationality:

FABIAN TITO GARCIA President, North America, Unilever Boards

As President and a member of the Unilever Leadership Executive, Fabian helps drive Unilever’s mission of making sustainable living commonplace through a number of strategic initiatives including overseeing Unilever’s purpose-driven brands, industry-leading sustainable packaging development, and an inclusive company culture. Formerly, Fabian served as the President and CEO of Revlon serving between 2016 and 2018. In this capacity, Fabian initiated the transformation of Revlon into a digitally competitive enterprise, while restoring health to the company's iconic brands and creating shareholder value through the successful integration of the 2016 Elizabeth Arden acquisition. Prior to his appointment in Revlon, Fabian was Chief Operating Officer for Colgate Palmolive. He graduated from Simon Bolivar University in Caracas, with a B. Sc. in Chemical Engineering.

Arrow Electronics (102)

Age: N/A San Antonio, TX Nationality:

LUIS GARCIA President, MarketVision Boards

As a marketing strategist, Luis develops behavior-changing communications and marketing campaigns centered around the impact of culture on beliefs and behavior. A native of Mexico City and graduate of The University of Texas at Austin advertising program, he founded integrated-marketing firm Garcia 360° in 1998 and joined MarketVision as president in 2008. He analyzes, strategizes and guides clients, helping them create culture-inspired marketing initiatives that enable brands to connect in meaningful ways.

Gray Television (867)

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Carvana (483)

Age: 69 Mexico City, MX Nationality:

JAVIER G TERUEL Founding Partner Spectron Desarrollo SC Boards

Garcia co-founded Carvana and has served as President and CEO since 2012. Prior to founding Carvana, he held various roles at the DriveTime Automotive Group, Inc. from Jan 2007 to Jan 2013. From Jan 2007 to Dec 2008, he served as a financial strategist. He was a managing director of corporate finance from Dec 2008 to Nov 2009. From Nov 2009 until Jan 2013, he served as a Vice President and Treasurer and Director of Quantitative Analytics. As Director of Quantitative Analytics, Garcia was responsible for the firm’s ongoing development of consumer credit scoring models, and its utilization of those tools in retail vehicle sales deal structuring and vehicle price optimization. Prior to DriveTime, Garcia was an associate in the Principal Transactions Group at RBS Greenwich Capital from 2005 to 2006, where he focused on consumer credit based investments. Garcia holds a B.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

Starbucks (125)

Also Chairman of Alta Growth Capital. Up to 2007 he was Vice Chairman of Colgate Palmolive with responsibility for reviewing and sharpening the company’s worldwide strategy and responsible for the global operations of Hill’s Pet Nutrition and for all the company’s technology organizations. Teruel joined Colgate Mexico in 1971 and advanced through several marketing positions and in 1981 he was promoted to Marketing Director for its Mexican operations. In 1983 was promoted to General Manager of Colgate Dominican Republic. He returned to Mexico in 1991 as VP of Colgate’s Caribbean and Central America operations, and in 1993 he was promoted to President and GM of Colgate Mexico. In 1997 he was appointed President of Colgate Europe. In 2000 he returned to New York as Chief Growth Officer. In 2002 Teruel became EVP with responsibility for the company’s Asia and South Pacific, Central Europe/Russia and Africa/Middle East Divisions, Lastly he was appointed Vice Chairman of Colgate Palmolive in 2004. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico. He also completed the Harvard University’s International Senior Management Program.

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ROBERTO GARCÍA-RODRÍGUEZ President & Chief Executive Officer,Triple-S

President & Chief Executive Officer; Secretary since 2010; VP and General Counsel since 2008. Previously, VP and General Counsel at Puerto Rico Telephone. He holds a BA from Harvard University, an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a JD from Stanford Law School. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard.



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Triple-S Management (648)

Age: 51 Mequon, WI Nationality:

CRISTY GARCIA-THOMAS Chief External Affairs Officer, Advocate Aurora Health Boards


Age: 56

Cristy is responsible for shaping the overall experience for patients, team members and community partners in a broad and strategic way. With a broad landscape to influence, she oversees diversity, equity and inclusion, interpreter services, community relations, charitable giving through our foundations, community health and community programs at Advocate Aurora Health, one of the top 12 largest not-for-profit health systems in the country. A leader at Aurora Health Care since 2011, she has more than 25 years of industry experience including leadership roles as the president and CEO of the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF). Before joining UPAF, she was publisher and vice president of the Specialty Media Division of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and worked for The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle. Cristy holds a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and has completed executive-level programs at Northwestern University and Harvard Business School.

WEC Energy Group (400)

Age: 69 Pittsburgh, PA Nationality:

ÁLVARO R GARCÍA-TUÑÓN Independent Director Boards

Àlvaro retired as the Chief Financial Officer of Wabtec Corporation, or Wabtec, a provider of products and services for the global rail industry, effective January 1, 2014. He remained with Wabtec as a strategic advisor until December 31, 2017. Garcia-Tunon was named EVP and CFO for Wabtec in February 2012. Prior to that, he was EVP, CEO and Secretary of Wabtec since December 2010. Prior thereto, he served as SVP, CFO and Secretary of Wabtec since 2003. He graduated from the College of William and Mary with a Juris Doctor degree and is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce and Accounting. He is a CPA and a member of the Virginia State Bar.

Allison Transmission Holdings (943), Matthews International

Age: 59 Fort Worth, TX Nationality:

RAFAEL G GARZA President & Founder of RGG Capital Partners, LLC and Co-Founder & managing director, Bravo Equity Partners

Atmos Energy (778)

Age: 62 Mexico City, MX/ Houston TX Nationality:

ANTONIO GARZA Counsel to White & Case & Former US Ambassador to Mexico


Antonio Garza is currently Counsel to White & Case in Mexico City, one of the world’s leading global law firms with 42 offices in 28 countries. Garza served as US Ambassador to Mexico from 2002 through 2009 and formerly held statewide and local office in his native Texas. Drawing on decades of high profile, political, legal, and business experience, Ambassador Garza serves as a strategic counselor to CEOs, investors, and entrepreneurs. He is acknowledged as one of the top experts on U.S.-Mexico relations and on the business and political environments of both nations and currently advises a number of companies and investors active in Mexico, Texas and the United States.

Kansas City Southern (812), Greenbrier(785), Moneygram.



Since 2000, Garza has been managing director of Bravo Equity Partners, which provides capital to middle-market companies in the U.S. and Mexico, primarily in the financial services, retail, food, and educational service sectors. He is also actively involved in various private companies, including Bravo Pizzas Houston and Career Educational Services. He has gained a strong understanding of global and domestic macroeconomics and capital market concepts through his more than 25 years of experience in managing and advising companies in a wide range of industries on corporate finance, investment, development and strategic matters. He has also demonstrated leadership through his service on the boards of Vantage Bancorp, Inc. and First Texas BHC, Inc.

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Age: 58 Monterrey, MX Nationality:

DAVID F GARZA-SANTOS Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, MADISA Boards

Garza-Santos is a business and community leader in Monterrey, N.L. Mexico. As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MADISA, a national distributor of heavy-duty equipment, Garza-Santos has experience in all phases of leading a company. He also sits on the board of directors of Promotora Ambiental, S.A.B. de C.V., a publicly-traded services company based out of Monterrey, Mexico. Garza-Santos is also a recognized leader in Monterrey, which provides his Company with additional insight and leadership on the business and political environment both regionally in Monterrey as well as nationally across Mexico.

Kansas City Southern (812)

Age: 52 New York, NY Nationality:


Prior to 3G Capital, João spent more than 20 years at AB InBev, where he served in numerous leadership positions, mostly recently as North America Zone President and CEO of Anheuser-Busch. In that role, he was responsible for running its North America operations and led a team of more than 19,000 employees. During his tenure at AB InBev, he helped grow publicly listed subsidiary Ambev into the most valuable company in Latin America in terms of market capitalization.

Kraft Heinz (110)

Age: 44 Dallas, TX / New York, NY Nationality:


Lili is an award-winning entrepreneur, recognized cultural intelligence® expert, A.I. tech innovator and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. After a successful corporate career, including a 10-year tenure at Johnson & Johnson, where she served as Global Director of Marketing Services in the Pharma sector, pioneered enterprise wide multicultural marketing strategies, and co-founded the Hispanic group “HOLA”, and CIEN+ and CulturIntel. She is an active voice elevating promoting cultural intelligence® as a lever for business and economic growth, equity and business inclusion, collaborating in various initiatives at The United Nations, The World Economic Forum, The White House and as a mentor to the Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program.


Age: 62 Washington, DC Nationality:




Andrés previously served as CEO of both AES Gener in Chile and La Electricidad de Caracas in Venezuela. He held senior positions in banking, telecom, the IMF and the public sector before joining AES in 2000. During his tenure as President and CEO, he has led AES through a dramatic transformation by focusing on simplification, risk improvement and innovation. He has led the company through a $5 billion divestiture program, increased the credit rating by multiple notches and initiated a quarterly dividend, which has grown at an 8% annual rate. Andrés has also overseen the largest construction program in AES’ history, with more than 5,000 MW of new power generation completed. He has been invited to serve as an expert witness at US Congressional hearings on the subject of energy policy and Latin America. He currently serves on the US-Brazil CEO Forum and the US-India CEO Forum.

Waste Management (202), The AES Corporation

Age: 53 Charlotte, NC Nationality:

JORGE M GOMEZ Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Dentsply Sirona Inc.


Gomez is responsible for leading Dentsply Sirona’s global finance organization including strategic finance, FP&A, Accounting, Treasury, Tax, Corporate Audit, and Investor Relations. In addition, he is responsible for the Information Technology function. He also leads “Beyond”, the company’s sustainability and ESG program. Prior to Dentsply Sirona, Gomez was CFO of Cardinal Health Inc., a Fortune 14 company. He joined Cardinal Health in 2006 where he held other positions including Medical Segment CFO, Pharmaceutical Segment CFO, Corporate Treasurer and Corporate Controller before being appointed Chief Financial Officer. Earlier in his career, Gomez held financial and business leadership positions of progressive responsibility at General Motors Corp., including posts in New York City, Singapore, Belgium, and Brazil. He began his career with Jefferson Smurfit in their finance development program after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the National University of Colombia and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Hartford.

Xylem (538)

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Age: 52 Mexico City, Mexico Nationality:

BERNARDO GÓMEZ MARTÍNEZ Co-Chief Executive Officer & Member of the Executive

Bernardo served as a Deputy to the President of Grupo Televisa, S.A.B. He also served as President of the Mexican Chamber of Television and Radio Broadcasters from 2001 to 2002. He served as Assistant Manager of Grupo Televisa, S.A.B. He has been a Director of Grupo Televisa, S.A.B. since April 1999 and Empresas Cablevisión, S.A.B. de C.V. since April 2003. He is a Director of Grupo Axo, S.A.P.I. de C.V. He has been a Director of Univision Communications Inc. since March 2017.

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Univision Communications (830)

Age: 65 Chicago, IL Nationality:

RICHARD GONZALEZ Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer, AbbVie Boards

Prior to AbbVie’s separation from Abbott in January 2013, Gonzalez was a 30-year Abbott veteran. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Abbott before briefly retiring in 2007. He also held various senior leadership positions in Abbott’s medical products businesses, including President and Chief Operating Officer of the Medical Products Group; Senior Vice President and President of the former Hospital Products Division; Vice President and President of the Health Systems Division; and Divisional Vice President and General Manager for Diagnostics Operations in the United States and Canada. Gonzalez has been a long-standing leader in the greater Chicago community where he is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago and represents AbbVie on their Civic Committee.

AbbVie (68)

Age: N/A Texas Nationality:

RACHEL A GONZALEZ EVP General Counsel & Secretary, Starbucks Boards

Rachel previously served as chief administrative officer of Sabre, a leading technology solutions provider to the global travel and tourism industry. Previous to this role, she served as executive vice president and general counsel of Sabre. Prior to Sabre, she worked at Dean Foods Company, ultimately holding the title of executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. She also held executive positions with Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. and was partner in the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

Dana Inc. (408)

Age: N/A New York, NY Nationality:

MARIA CRISTINA GONZALEZ NOGUERA Senior Vice President of Global Public Affairs, The Estée

González Noguera serves as Senior Vice President of Global Public Affairs at The Estée Lauder Companies. Previously, she served as Special Assistant to the President and the Director of Communications to First Lady Michelle Obama, where she was responsible for shaping long- term strategic planning and message development for the First Lady. Prior to her time at the White House, González Noguera was a Vice President of Corporate Communications for The Estée Lauder Companies and a Managing Director at the Washington, D.C. firm Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates where she managed communications and issue-oriented campaigns for variety of clients. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of UnidosUS

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Univision Communications (830)

Age: 47 Boca Raton, FL Nationality:

JOSE GORDO Chief Executive Officer, GEO Group Boards

Gordo has over 20 years of experience in business management, private equity, corporate finance, and business law. Since 2017, Gordo has served as the Managing Partner of a general partnership that invests in and actively oversees small and medium-sized privately held companies, with a focus on the healthcare, technology, and financial services industries. From 2013 to 2017, he served as the CFO of magicJack Vocaltec Ltd., a publicly traded company in the telecommunications industry. Prior to that position, Gordo served as a Managing Director at The Comvest Group, in Florida. Previously, he was a partner at the national law firm of Akerman LLP, where he specialized in corporate law matters, advising public and private companies and private equity firms on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions. He also previously represented GEO as outside counsel for several years. He received a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. degree from the University of Miami. Gordo has extensive experience in business management, finance, corporate strategy, operations, and business law.

GEO Group (883)

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ANTONIO J GRACIAS Chief Executive Officer & Chief Invstment Officer, Valor Equity Partners


Gracias has over 15 years experience investing in a variety of sectors including private equity, public equity, and real estate transactions. Gracias is Valor's Founder and CEO. Prior to founding Valor in 2001, he served as Founder and Managing Member of MG Capital from 1995 through 2000. He served as the CEO of MG Capital's electronic connector holdings, Connector Service Corporation and managed the company through growth from $10 million to $125 million in revenue before exiting the investment in 2001. In addition, Gracias served as CEO of Industrial Powder Coatings, Inc., a $65 million revenue supplier to the auto parts and appliance sectors. Gracias holds a joint B.S. and M.S.F.S. (honors degree) in International Finance and Economics from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He also studied corporate structures and economic development at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.


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Age: 73 Santa Fe, NM Nationality:

LINDA M GRIEGO President & Chief Executive Officer, Griego Enterprises, Inc.


She is the founder of the MLK Community Health Foundation and its chair until 2015. In 2015, the foundation named her its honorary life director out of appreciation for her outstanding leadership with and dedication. She has held several public sector positions including deputy mayor of Los Angeles (under then Mayor Tom Bradley), president and chief executive officer of the LA Community Development Bank, and Rebuild LA, an entity created to spearhead economic recovery following the 1992 LA Civil Unrest. Linda worked as a congressional aide to US Senator Alan Cranston in Washington. For more than two decades, she has served on corporate boards of directors. Linda graduated from UCLA with a BA and was a senior fellow of the UCLA School of Public Policy. In 2008, she was awarded the UCLA Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the university.

ViacomCBS (109), American Fund/ Capital Group

Age: 62 Irving, TX Nationality:

ENDERSON GUIMARAES Independent Director Boards

In 2017, Guimaraes retired as the President and CEO for Laureate Education, Inc., positions he held since September 2015. Prior to that, from 2012 to 2015, he served in various executive roles at PepsiCo, Inc., including Executive Vice President, Global Categories and Operations from December 2014 through 2015, CEO of PepsiCo Europe and Sub-Sahara Africa from 2012 to 2014, and President of PepsiCo Global Operations from 2011 to 2012. In addition, Guimaraes previously had served as EVP of Electrolux and Chief Executive Officer of its major appliances business in Europe, Africa and the Middle East from 2008 to 2011, and held various leadership positions during his 10 years at Philips Electronics and also worked in various marketing positions at Danone and Johnson & Johnson.

AutoZone (238), Darling Ingredients (660)

Age: 56

ROSA GUMATAOTAO RIOS CEO, Red River Associates & Co-host, Unicorn Hunters Boards

Rios served as the 43rd Treasurer of the United States from 2009 to 2016. In her capacity as Treasurer, she had direct oversight over the U.S. Mint and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and served as a key liaison with the Federal Reserve. In addition, she was a senior adviser to the Secretary of the Treasury in the areas of community development and public engagement. Rios is currently the CEO of Red River Associates. She recently completed her term as a visiting scholar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, where she also earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Romance Languages. Prior to her appointment to the Treasury, she was managing director of investments for MacFarlane Partners. Before that, Rios served in several California private and public sector positions focused on economic development and urban redevelopment. She founded and continues to lead Empowerment 2020, a non-profit focused on physical recognition of historic American women, advocacy for women in senior leadership positions, and investment programs for both women and girls.

American Family Insurance (232), Ripple Labs, Inc., Fidelity Charitable Trust

Age: 58 Dallas, TX Nationality:

JOSÉ M. GUTIERREZ Retired Senior Executive. Vice. President, AT&T Services. Inc.


José Gutiérrez has more than 30 years of experience leading business transformations and creating shareholder value. He served as senior executive vice president and chief of staff to the chairman and CEO of AT&T from 2015 until his retirement at the end of 2016. Prior to assuming this position and over his 25-year career at AT&T, Gutiérrez held numerous senior executive positions, including president of AT&T Wholesale and Access Solutions, president and CEO of AT&T Advertising Solutions, president of AT&T Global Enterprise Solutions, and president and CEO of Southwestern Bell. Gutiérrez serves as a director, chair of the Audit and Finance Committee, and member of the Compensation and Incentives Committee of Denny’s Corp.; he previously served as a director of Dr. Pepper Snapple Group until 2018. Gutiérrez earned a Master of Management (MBA) from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He earned a Master of Accountancy and a Bachelor of Accountancy summa cum laude, both from the University of Missouri.

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Age: 49 Houston, TX Nationality:

MAURICIO GUTIERREZ President & CEO, NRG Energy Boards

Gutierrez joined NRG in 2004 and helped build the company from a regional wholesale generation business to a national, Fortune 500, diversified energy company. Prior to becoming President and CEO, he held the position of Chief Operating Officer. During his tenure as COO, Gutierrez led NRG's engineering and construction activities related to new generation and repowering projects.

NRG Energy (333), Chipotle Mexican Grill (464)

Age: 68 New York, NY Nationality:

CARLOS M GUTIERREZ Chairman and CEO, Empath, Inc. Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce


Gutierrez is Co-Founder, Executive Chairman and CEO of EmPath, Inc., a skills intelligence software technology company. Previously, Gutierrez was Co-Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a commercial diplomacy and strategic advisory firm, from 2013 to 2020. He joined Albright Stonebridge from Citigroup Inc. where he was Vice Chairman of the Institutional Clients Group and a member of the Senior Strategic Advisory Group from 2011 to 2013. Prior to joining Citigroup, Gutierrez was with communications and public affairs consulting firm APCO Worldwide Inc., where he was Chairman of the Global Political Strategies division in 2010. He served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce from February 2005 to January 2009, where he worked with foreign government and business leaders to advance economic relationships and enhance trade. Prior to his government service, Gutierrez was with Kellogg Company.

MetLife (46), Occidental Petroleum (183)

Age: 48 Paradise Valley, AZ Nationality:

XAVIER GUTIERREZ President & CEO, Arizona Coyotes Hockey Team Boards

Commercial Bank of California, Janus International Group Inc., Arctos NorthStar Acquisition

Gutierrez was named as the President, CEO and Alternate Governor of the Arizona Coyotes Hockey Club in 2020. He is the first Latino President & CEO in the history of the NationalHockey League. Before he was Managing Director at Clearlake Capital Group. Gutierrez has a 25+ year career as a business executive, investor and dealmaker focused on investment management corporate strategy & operations, finance and business development. At Clearlake Capital Group, he focused on investments, operations, strategic development, and investor client servicing & outreach. Gutierrez is a member of Clearlake’s Executive Council. Previously, he served as Chief Investment Officer of Meruelo Group, the family office of US Latino business executive and Coyotes Chairman and Governor Alex Meruelo, and President & Chief Investment Officer of Meruelo Investment Partners, the firm’s investment affiliate. He received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) cum laude in Government from Harvard University, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) from Stanford Law School.

Age: 54 Monterrey, MX Nationality:




Arturo has served as the CEO of Arca Continental, one of the largest Coca-Cola bottlers in the world, since January 2019. He held several executive positions in the company from 2001 to 2018, including Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Head of the Mexico Beverages Division, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Director of Corporate Planning and General Counsel. He serves on several boards of industry-related companies, including Jugos del Valle and Piasa, and he holds positions on several international and national industry councils, such as the System Leadership Governance Board of Coca-Cola North America. He earned a law degree from Escuela Libre de Derecho, in Mexico City, and an L.L.M. from Harvard University, as a Fulbright Scholar.

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Age: 60 Great Falls, VA Nationality:

MARIA HAWTHORNE Independent Director Boards

Maria R. Hawthorne was President and CEO of PS Business Parks, Inc. (“PSB”), a member of the S&P MidCap 400 and publicly-traded real estate investment trust (REIT) where she served in multiple roles, including CFO, chief administrative officer and executive vice president from 1988 through 2020. When she was an executive vice president with the company, Hawthorne supported the rollout of advanced technologies that resulted in PSB becoming the first commercial real estate organization in the country to fully automate its leasing process. She also put in place long-term strategic initiatives, compensation programs and talent development efforts. Hawthorne earned her bachelor of arts degree in international relations from Pomona College.

ASGN (622)

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Age: 59 Cincinnati, OH Nationality:

MELANIE L HEALEY Board Member, Investor & Strategic Advisor Boards

Healey is an accomplished C-suite executive officer with over 30 years of global and operational experience in companies like Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and S.C. Johnson and in countries like Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela and the US. She left P&G in 2015 after 25 years of service. Melanie was also a pivotal leader of P&G’s Feminine Care business globally, responsible for the successful launch of Tampax Pearl, Always Infinity, and the first and largest teen website - She is a graduate of the University of Richmond where she earned a bachelor of science in Business Administration in 1983.

Target (30), PPG Industries (220), Hilton Worldwide Holdings (596), Verizon Communications (20)

Age: 62 Chicago, IL Nationality:

BERNARDO HEES Chairman of the Board, Avis Budget Group Boards

Hees has been a director since February 2020. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer of The Kraft Heinz Company from 2015 to June 2019. He served as Chief Executive Officer of H.J. Heinz Holding Corporation since 2013. From 2010 to 2013 Hees served as Chief Executive Officer of Burger King Worldwide Holdings, Inc., a global fast food restaurant chain. From 2005 to 2010 he was Chief Executive Officer of América Latina Logística, a Brazilian logistics company. Mr. Hees was also a partner at 3G Capital from 2010 to 2019.

Avis Budget Group (498)

Age: 44 Los Angeles, CA Nationality:

SAMANTA HEGEDUS STEWART Senior Vice President Head of Investor Relations, Endeavor


Samanta has been Senior Vice President and Head of Investor Relations at Endeavor, a global leader in sports, entertainment and fashion with a portfolio of companies including WME, IMG and UFC, since February 2019. From 2013 through 2018, she was Head of Investor Relations for Manchester United, an English Premier League football team; Director of Investor Relations at Snap Inc., leading the investor relations efforts behind its initial public offering; and Chief Investment Officer of Soho House, a global private membership club and lifestyle brand. Prior to such time, Stewart was Vice President of Investor Relations for Wynn Resorts, Ltd, a developer, owner and operator of destination casino resorts, for ten years. She began her career in investment banking at Morgan Stanley.

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Age: 66 Miami, FL Nationality:




Henriques has served as Chairman and CEO of Gibraltar Private Bank and Trust, a private banking and wealth management company headquartered in Miami. From 2008 until 2010, he was Vice Chairman of The Related Group, a privately-held, leading builder of luxury condominiums and multi-family real estate developments (founded by legendary tycoon Jorge Perez). From 2005 until its sale in December 2007, he was Chairman, President and CEO of NYSE-listed Florida East Coast Industries, having served on its Board since 1998 and having been Chairman of its Audit Committee, as well as a member of its Governance Committee. From 1998 until 2005, he served as CEO of the South Region for Regions Bank (and its predecessor Union Planters Bank). Prior to joining Regions Bank, Henriques served in executive capacities at Bank of America’s predecessor banks since 1986, including positions as Chairman of NationsBank in South Florida and Executive Vice President of Barnett Bank.


Age: 60 Miami, FL Nationality:

CHARLES M HERINGTON Vice Chairman & President Global Operations, Zumba Fitness


Molson Coors Beverage (314), Gildan, Quirch Foods, Hy Cite Corporation, Klox Technologies

Charles previously served as a director of NII Holding (Nextel International) where he also served as Chairman of the compensation committee between 2003 and 2013. From 2006 to 2012, he held positions of increasing responsibility leading up to office of the Chairman/EVP of Emerging and Developing Market Group at Avon Products Inc. From 1999 to 2006, he was President and CEO of AOL Latin America. Prior to that, he served as President at Revlon Latin America from 1997 to 1999. From 1990 to 1997, he held a variety of executive positions in several different geographies leading to division president with Pepsico Restaurant International. From 1981 to 1990, he held various marketing and executive positions in different countries at Procter & Gamble. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering and Systems from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico.

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Congratulations! An inspirational leader making a difference. We are so proud of our very own Debra Sandler for being recognized in Latino Leaders Magazine’s 12th Annual Latinos on Boards feature.

DEBRA A. SANDLER Corporate Director | Gannett

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Age: 73 Illinois Nationality:

WILLIAM H HERNANDEZ Former Finance & Chief Financial Officer, PPG Industries, Inc.


Hernandez was PPG’s corporate controller from 1990 to 1994. He previously held a number of positions with Borg-Warner Corporation and Ford Motor Company. Hernandez is a certified management accountant and has taught finance and management courses at Marietta College. He was named Best Chief Financial Officer for the Chemical Industry four times by Institutional Investor magazine. He was a member of the board of directors of Albemarle Corporation and USG Corporation. Hernandez earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School.

Northrop Grumman (86)

Age: 68 New Alexandria, VA Nationality:

RHETT HERNANDEZ President, CyberLens, LLC Boards

Rhett served as the Chief and Commander of Army Cyber Command. Lieutenant General. Hernandez served as the Deputy Chief of Staff of Army Operations, Chief, U.S. Military Training Mission, Saudi Arabia and Commanding General and Human Resources Command. Hernandez was an Ambassador and Director of the Center for Special Operations at Dell Dailey. He served as Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and was a Commanding General of the Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM). He served at United States Army and served for 39 distinguished years in service. He was an integral part in MacB strengthen and its considerable offensive and defensive Cybersecurity capabilities to meet current and future needs of ARCYBER, as well as the broader Cyber community. He has been a Member of Board of Advisor at Macaulay-Brown, Inc. He has been a Member of Public Sector Advisory Council at Palo Alto Networks, Inc.

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Age: 62 Pasadena, CA & New York, NY. Nationality:

ROLAND A HERNANDEZ CEO, Hernandez Media Partners Boards

Founding Principal and CEO of Hernandez Media Ventures, a family office primarily engaged in the acquisition and management of media and digital assets. Through April 2019, Hernandez served as the Chairman of the Board of Belmond Ltd., an NYSE listed company based in London. Belmond Ltd., formerly known as Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Telemundo Group, Inc. from 1995 to 2000, and also as Chairman from 1998 to 2000. Prior to Telemundo, Hernandez founded Interspan Communications and served as President from 1986 to 1994. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree, cum laude, from Harvard College, and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School.

U.S. Bancorp (113), Take-Two Interactive Software (730)

Age: 62 Oakland, CA Nationality:

SANDRA R HERNÁNDEZ President and CEO of the California Health Care Foundation




The California Health Care Foundation, is an independent foundation dedicated to improving the health of the people of California. Sandra is a gubernatorial appointee to the Board of Covered California, the California health insurance marketplace. Prior to joining CHCF, she was CEO of The San Francisco Foundation, which she led for 16 years. Hernández previously served as Director of Public Health for the City and County of San Francisco and co-chaired San Francisco’s Universal Healthcare Council. B.A., 1979, Yale University; M.D., 1984, Tufts School of Medicine; Senior Executives in State and Local Government certificate program, Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

First Republic Bank (574)

Age: 65 Pasadena,CA Nationality:

ENRIQUE HERNANDEZ, JR. Chairman & Chief Ezecutive Officer, Inter-Con Security

Rick is Chairman of Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc., a Pasadena, California firm that provides a full range of high-level physical security services to government and private industry worldwide. Additionally, he serves as Chairman of McDonald’s Corporation and as a Board member of Chevron Corporation. He earned both his Bachelors and Juris Doctoris degrees from Harvard University. Hernandez previously served as the Chairman of the Board of Nordstrom, Inc. from 2005 to 2016, and on the Board of Directors of Wells Fargo & Company.

Systems, Inc.


Chevron (27), McDonald’s (157)

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ERNESTO MARIANO HERNÁNDEZQUIROZ Former President & Managing Director, General Motors de Mexico


Hernández retired from General Motors de Mexico, a subsidiary of General Motors Company, a global automobile manufacturing company which through a subsidiary also provides automotive financing services, in January 2020. From 2011 until 2019, he served as President and Managing Director of GM de Mexico. Prior to that time, he served as Vice President and Executive Director of Sales, Service and Marketing of GM de Mexico, having served in that role from 2003 through 2011. Hernández began his career with GM in Mexico in 1980 and has held numerous positions of growing responsibility within that company. He also serves on the Board of Directors of BRP Inc., with headquarters in Quebec, Canada, and on the Board of Directors of DINE and Grupo KUO, headquartered in Mexico City.


Mexico City, Mexico


Age: 63

Constellation Brands (359)

Age: 67 Denver, CO Nationality:

Herrera was employed as Marketing Vice President/Retails Sales Manager for U-Haul from 1988 to 2001 and served on the Company’s Board from 1993 to 2001 and the U-Haul Board of Directors from 1990 to 2001. Herrera has a long history in the retail industry, including serving as Executive Vice President of Eastern Seaboard Packaging and Executive Vice President of ABUS Lock USA.

RICHARD J HERRERA Director & Advisor Amerco (620)

Age: 64 Tampa, FL Nationality:

GEORGE HERRERA Independent Director Boards

Travel & Leisure, Co.

Age: 46 Massachussetts Nationality:

VICTOR HERRERO Chief Executive Officer, Clarks Boards

G-III Apparel Group (949)

Travel & Leisure, Co., is the world’s largest leisure vacation company. From 2006-2021, he served on the Board of Directors of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, and Wyndham Destinations.From 1998 thru 2004, Herrera served as President and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. During his tenure, he created a $100 million private equity fund, named Hispania Capital Partners. The Fund was initially capitalized by a $5 million investment from Jaime Diamond, the then President of Bank One and a $10 million investment from the Verizon Corporation. From 1978 to 1998, Herrera served as President of Burgos and Associates, Inc., the country’s leading Hispanic woman-owned management and financial consulting firm. Herrera was the Creator of the nationally syndicated television show “Hispanics Today,” which was viewed by more than 30 million viewers on NBC, CBS and ABC networks throughout the United States. In 2015, Herrera received the country’s highest honor for Hispanic American’s receiving the Lifetime Business Achievement Award, from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. In 2002, Herrera was named a “FELLOW”, The Wharton Society of Fellows, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Herrero has extensive experience in corporate management and business operations in the consumables industry. From 2015 to 2019, he served as the CEO and director of Guess Inc, which is principally engaged in designing, marketing, distributing and licensing a lifestyle collection of contemporary apparel products around the world. Prior to Guess Inc, Herrero served as the head of Asia Pacific and managing director of Greater China of Industria de Diseño Textil, S.A. (Inditex Group), an international fashion retailer with brands including Zara, Massimo Dutti, Pull & Bear, Bershka and Stradivarius. Herrero is a board member of Global Fashion Group S.A., (e-commerce fashion site operator and owner of Zalora and The Iconic), G-III Apparel Group, Ltd, Gruppo Coppel (Mexican consumer finance and retail conglomerate) and Clarks (British based international shoe manufacturer and retailer). He is also serving as a senior advisor to Viva China. Herrero graduated with an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 2003. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from ESCP Europe in Paris, 1992 and a Bachelor’s of Law Degree from the University of Zaragoza in Spain in 1993.

Age: 66 New York Nationality:

ROBERT H HERZ President, Robert H. Herz LLC Boards

Herz has been a director since July 2012. He served as Chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board from 2002 to 2010 and was previously a member of the International Accounting Standards Board . He is currently President of Robert H. Herz LLC, providing consulting services on financial reporting matters. Herz is a member of the Independent Investment Committee of United Nations Office for Project Services. Herz served as a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from 1985 until 2002. He also is an executive-in-residence at the Columbia University Business School, and trustee emeritus of the Kessler Foundation. Herz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Manchester, England, and is both a U.S. CPA and an English Chartered Accountant.

Morgan Stanley (61), Fannie Mae (25)



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Age: 53 New York, NY Nationality:

MANUEL HIDALGO MEDINA Chief, Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center


He is also the E. Hugh Luckey distinguished professor of medicine and associate director for clinical services at the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medicine. Hidalgo has more than 20 years of experience in translational and clinical research in anticancer drug development, with an emphasis in gastrointestinal cancers. He has also led the early clinical development of new anticancer agents for pancreatic cancer among other solid tumor cancers. Prior to his current position, Hidalgo served as chief of the division of hematology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and clinical director of the Rosenberg Clinical Cancer Center from 2015 to 2019. During this time, he was the Theodore W. and Evelyn G. Berenson Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He also held leadership positions at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) in Madrid and at the Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, where he was director of gastrointestinal oncology program.

Bristol-Myers Squibb (75)

Age: 55 Miami, FL Nationality:

FRANCIS HONDAL President, Loyalty & Engagment, Mastercard Boards

Equitable Holdings (244), L Brands Inc. (257)

Age: 64 Washington, DC Nationality:

MICHAEL PETER HUERTA President, MPH Consulting & Co-founder, Acceleratum Boards

Hondal has been a director since September 2020. She is a seasoned executive with more than three decades of experience in the financial services industry, including a deep understanding of marketing, finance and general management. Previously, Hondal lead Global Credit and was Head of Products and Solutions for Mastercard Latin America and Caribbean. Before joining Mastercard in 2011, Hondal was the Founder of Increventi, an international business development and marketing consultancy. Prior to this venture, she had an 18-year career at American Express where she held various senior level regional and global general management roles within the Consumer products, Insurance and Finance. She began her professional career at Barnett Bank of Florida, as a Corporate Banking Officer, specializing in business development across various industries. Hondal is also a director of Equitable and Equitable America since September 2020.

Delta Air Lines (178)

Michael Huerta recently completed his term as Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He currently is a Senior Advisor to Macquarie Capital. During his FAA tenure, Huerta redefined the FAA’s regulatory relationship with the aviation industry to achieve greater levels of safety through increased collaboration and widespread sharing of data. He led the agency’s efforts to modernize the nation’s air traffic control system through the NextGen program while preparing the way for the safe integration of commercial space operations and small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). He is also well known for eliminating the decades old ban on the use of portable electronic devices aboard airplanes during takeoff and landing, making it possible to use many devices from gate to gate. Prior to joining the FAA, Huerta served in executive positions at Affiliated Computer Services, Inc., the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic Winter Games of 2002, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Port of San Francisco and the New York City Department of Ports, International Trade and Commerce. Huerta holds a BA from the University of California, Riverside and an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Age: 61 Devon, PA Nationality:

TONY A IBARGÜEN Chief Executive Officer, AquaVenture Holdings LATINO LEADERS JULY / AUGUST 2021



Ibargüen was appointed CEO of AquaVenture Holdings LLC in January of 2019 and has served on its Board of Directors since 2014. He previously served as President of AquaVenture since 2014. AquaVenture is a New York Stock Exchange listed multinational provider of water purification and treatment services and technologies. Ibargüen has also served as the CEO of Quench USA, Inc., an AquaVenture subsidiary, since 2010. In 2018, he was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, where he is a member of the executive and management and budget committees. From 2004 to 2008, he was President and CEO of Alliance Consulting Group, a privately-held IT consulting firm, and prior to that, he was in leadership roles at several IT industry companies, including as President and member of the Board of Directors of Tech Data Corporation, a Fortune 500 global technology distribution company.

Insight Enterprises (360), NewSpring Holdings

Age: 66 Los Altos, CA Nationality:

BEATRIZ V INFANTE CEO, Business Excelleration Boards

Award-winning public and private company Board Director and former 4X CEO with a multi-faceted career in companies that disrupted markets and value chains, leading both early stage and F100 organizations through $2B in revenues across a variety of technology sectors. She has been named an NACD Directorship 100 honoree, Financial Times Top 50 Digital Directors, and is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow. She is the author of The Mandate for Corporate Renewal: A Leader’s Guide. BSE in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University and an MS in Engineering Science from the California Institute of Technology.

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JUANITA JAMES President & Chief Executive Officer of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation


Prior to joining FCCF, James served as the VP and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Pitney Bowes, Inc. from 2007 until 2010, during which time she also served on its CEO, Council and its Corporate Social Responsibility Committee. From 2006 to 2007, she served as the ViPand Chief Communications Officer for Pitney Bowes. From 2004 until 2006, James served as the VP of Direct Marketing Strategy and Business Development for Pitney Bowes. From 2002 until 2004, she served as the VP, Project Leader of Human Resources Transformation for Pitney Bowes, where she led a global SAP Human Resources and Payroll implementation and launched the company’s first shared services initiative. James had a distinguished 20-year career at Time Warner, Inc., including 12 years in senior management positions.

Asbury Automotive Group

Age: 60 Oakland, CA Nationality:

JOSEPH JIMENEZ Retired CEO, Novartis AG Boards

From 2010 to 2018, Joseph Jimenez held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Novartis, one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. Under his leadership, Novartis developed one of the largest pipelines of self-originated drugs in the industry, driven by a strong commitment to R&D. Jimenez also transformed the company’s portfolio to focus on innovative patented medicines under Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Novartis Oncology, generics under Sandoz, and eye care devices under Alcon. Prior to serving as CEO of Novartis, He held the position of Division Head, Novartis Pharmaceuticals. He joined Novartis in 2007 as Division Head, Novartis Consumer Health. He graduated in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and in 1984 with a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

General Motors (22), Procter & Gamble (43)

Age: 66 California Nationality:

MERCEDES JOHNSON Former Interim Chief Financial Officer, Intersil Corp. Boards

Johnson previously served as Interim Chief Financial Officer of Intersil Corporation from April 2013 to September 2013, Chief Financial Officer of Avago Technologies, Inc. from 2005 to 2008, and Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Lam Research Corporation from 1997 to 2004. She has previously served as a board member for a number of public companies, including Intersil Corporation, Juniper Networks, Inc., Micron Technology, Inc. and Storage Technology Corporation.

Synopsys (651), Teradyne (726), Maxim Integrated Products (912)

Age: 54 Miami, FL Nationality:




Kadre is Chief Executive Officer of MBB Auto, LLC, a premium luxury retail automotive group, and previously was Chief Executive Officer of Gold Coast Caribbean Importers. He also sits on the boards of directors of The Home Depot, Inc., and Mednax, Inc., where he is the lead independent director. Kadre serves on the board of trustees for the University of Miami and on the board of directors for University of Miami Health System. Kadre is a graduate of Iona College and earned his law degree from Fordham University.

Home Depot (18), Mednax (825), Republic Services Inc. (297)

Age: 54 San Jose, CA Nationality:

YVETTE KANOUFF Partner & Chief Technology Officer, JC2 Ventures Boards

Yvette is responsible for technology strategy and engineering relationships within JC2 Ventures investment companies, partners, and customers. She headed the $7B service provider business at Cisco Systems, and she has held CTO and President roles at various companies in the communications and media industry. She has received numerous industry awards including a 2020 Lifetime Achievement Emmy for Engineering and Technology, the National Cable and Television Association's Vanguard Award for Leadership in Science and Technology, was named an Industry Pioneer, won an Emmy for her work in Video on Demand with SeaChange, named an Industry Wonder Woman, Top Techie, and Woman in Technology; she has been named one of the 11 most influential women in the Television industry, and has consistently been ranked as one of the top 100 industry executives. Yvette holds several patents, is on various company and industry boards, and is an active participant in industry organizations, standards bodies, and leading industry technology efforts.

Entegris (997), Amdocs

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Age: 70 Miami, FL Nationality:

MARIA ELENA LAGOMASINO CEO & Managing Partner, WE Family Offices Boards

Maria Elena (Mel) Lagomasino has worked with financially successful families for more than three decades. As CEO and Managing Partner of WE Family Offices, a global family office serving ultra high net worth families, she engages client families to build their wealth enterprises and provide the support and control they need to manage their wealth as a successful business enterprise. Before founding WE, Mel served as CEO of GenSpring Family Offices. Prior to that, she served as chairman and chief executive officer of JP Morgan Private Bank. Her career in banking began in 1977 at Citibank. She joined the Chase Manhattan Private Bank in 1983 and was named head of Chase’s worldwide private banking business in 1997. A graduate of Manhattanville College (B. A.), Mel also earned graduate degrees at Columbia University (M.S.) and Fordham University (M.B.A).

Walt Disney (50), Coca-Cola Co. (93)

Age: 58 Purchase, NY Nationality:

RAMON LAGUARTA Chief Executive Officer & Chairman, PepsiCo Boards

A 25-year PepsiCo veteran, has served as CEO since 2018, and Chairman of the Board since 2019. As Chairman and CEO, he has begun pivoting the company toward accelerated growth, embracing a new corporate mission—to Create More Smiles with Every Sip and Every Bite—and adopting a new vision that captures PepsiCo’s competitive spirit, intense focus, and shared values: to Be the Global Leader in Convenient Foods and Beverages by Winning with Purpose. Between 2015 and 2017, Ramon served as CEO of the sector formerly known as Europe Sub-Saharan Africa (ESSA), one of PepsiCo’s most complex businesses, with responsibility for leading the company’s beverage, food and snacks business in Europe and Sub- Saharan Africa. Prior to that, he held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility in Europe, including leading the acquisition and successful integration of the company’s dairy business in Russia. Before joining PepsiCo in 1996, he worked for Chupa Chups, S.A., a Spanish leading confectionery company, where he held a number of international roles in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.

PepsiCo (44), Visa (133)

Age: 70 Mexico City, MX Nationality:

GUSTAVO LARA CANTU Independent Director Boards

Lara has been a Director since November 2004. He served as Chief Executive Officer of the Monsanto Company's Latin America North division, a position he retired from in 2004. Lara obtained a BS in Chemical Engineering by Universidad Iberoamericana.

American Tower (375)

Age: N/A Chicago, IL Nationality:




CEO, public and private board director, and value creation expert. Co-founder and CEO of Orrington Strategies, a management consulting firm dedicated to helping Fortune 500 insurance, investment management, and consumer products companies. She takes an analytical, data-driven approach to value creation, with a focus on distribution and sales, new business development, digital transformation, new market entry, strategic marketing, and brand-building. While leading two thriving businesses over the past 20 years, she was responsible for their P&L and operations management, and provided organizational leadership, financial oversight, and business strategy. She currently serves on several public and private boards, and was former Investment Fiduciary for her firm.

Wilshire Mutual Funds, Inc., AIG, Burke Distributor Holdings, Gold Eagle Co.

Age: 61 Michigan and California Nationality:

GRACE LIEBLEIN Independent Director Boards

Grace is a retired Global Operating and Management Executive. She serves as a board member of industry-leading NYSE companies. Grace is known for her wide-ranging leadership and operating experience gained through broad GM executive positions. Her global operations and finance expereince was gained through leadership positions in both Brazil and Mexico. Grace holds a record of credible and exceptional leadership in developing and implementing strategy.

Honeywell International (94), Southwest Airlines (336), American Tower (375) New addition to the 2021 Latino Leaders' Board List

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GEORGE LLADO Senior Vice President &. Chief Information Officer, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


Charles River Laboratories International (760)

Llado has more than 30 years of information technology and cybersecurity experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. In his position on Alexion Pharmaceuticals, he is responsible for leading the company’s Global Information Technology organization by developing and implementing innovative technology and enabling data-driven insights across Alexion’s Research & Development, Commercial, Manufacturing Operations, and Supply Chain functions. Prior to Alexion in 2015, Llado was employed by Merck & Co., Inc. for 25 years in IT positions of increasing responsibility. He served as VP, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Information Technology and business-line CIO, for which he led the planning and development of IT solutions for Merck’s Manufacturing division. While at Merck, Llado led the merger integration of Merck and Schering-Plough across the IT and Shared Business Services organizations. He is a Board member of the National Center for Women & Information Technology and Temple University’s Fox School of Business IT Advisory Board.

Age: 66


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Age: 60

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MARIO LONGHI Retired Chief Executive Officer, United States Steel Corporation


Longhi retired in 2017 as the CEO of United States Steel Corporation. He was formerly President and CEO (2013 to 2017), President and COO (2013 to 2013), and EVP and COO (2012 to 2013) of United States Steel Corporation. Prior to joining USSC, he served as CEO and President (2006 to 2011) and President (2005 to 2006) of Gerdau Ameristeel Corporation. Longhi spent 23 years at Alcoa, Inc. prior to that, where he served in various roles of increasing responsibility since 1982, including as President – Alcoa Wheels International, President – Alcoa Forgings Division, President and CEO– Howmet Castings, and Alcoa Vice President and Group President – Global Extrusions.

UGI (436), Harsco

Age: 62 Vancouver BC, Canada Nationality:

DENNIS LOPEZ Chief Executive Officer, QuadReal Boards

His mandate is to grow and globally diversify QuadReal’s assets under management while delivering strong performance and responsible management to its stakeholders. Dennis has been actively involved in the real estate industry for over 30 years and has worked in the Americas, Asia and Europe. His experience includes real estate acquisitions, developments, M&A and equity and debt fundraising in both the public and private markets. Prior to QuadReal, Dennis served as the CIO of AXA IM – Real Assets, the fifth largest global real estate investment manager. Based in London, Paris and New York, he worked with his team to approve over $60 billion in acquisitions, sales and loans during his tenure. Previously, he served as the CEO of SUN Group and was the Managing Director and European Head of Real Estate Investment Banking at JP Morgan. Dennis holds a BA in Business Administration from California State University Long Beach and an MBA in Finance from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

Welltower (561)

Age: 61 Miami, FL Nationality:

GERARDO I LOPEZ Operating Partner and Independent Board Director CBRE Group (122), Newell Brands (325), Realty Income, OYO Rooms

Age: N/A New York, NY Nationality:

PATRICIA LOPEZ Independent Director Boards

Sits on Domino’s Board of Directors since July 2018 and is member of the Inclusion & Diversity Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board of Directors. Lopez most recently served as CEO and as a member of the Board of Directors of High Ridge Brands Co., from 2017 to 2020. She served as a Senior Vice President at Estée Lauder Companies Inc. from 2015 to 2016, a Senior Vice President at Avon Products, Inc. from 2012 to 2014 and previously held various positions at The Procter & Gamble Co. for 25 years, most recently serving as a Vice President and General Manager overseeing its Eastern Europe business.

Dominos Pizza (610)



A global business executive with over 35 years of experience leading transformations and creating shareholder value across diverse businesses and industries, including Hospitality ( Extended Stay America), Entertainment (AMC Theatres), Multi - Unit Retail ( Starbucks ), Food & Beverage ( PepsiCo ), Consumer Packaged Goods ( Procter & Gamble) and Supply Chain (Handleman Company). Since 2018, he has been Head of the Operating Group for SoftBank Investment Advisers, manager to the $100B SoftBank Vision Fund. He also has fourteen years of service as an independent Board member in public and private companies. He was also a Founder and Board co- Chair at Open Road Films, winner of the 2015 Best Picture Oscar for “ Spotlight”.

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Age: 62 Omaha, NE Nationality:

RODRIGO LOPEZ Chairman AmeriSphere Companies Boards

López has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, most recently as Chairman of AmeriSphere Companies, LLC and, until 2017, as Executive Chairman of NorthMarq Capital Finance, LLC, a mortgage banking company dedicated to providing capital solutions for the multifamily industry. López was President and CEO of AmeriSphere, a company he founded in 1997, and which was acquired in 2015 by NorthMarq Capital, LLC. Prior to founding AmeriSphere, a company engaged in commercial real estate investment and development, he was Chief Lending Officer for a life insurance company. López has several years of experience serving as a director of several financial industry boards, as well as extensive leadership experience in investments and in the real estate and mortgage banking industries. He is Chair of the Investment Committee and a member of the Corporate Governance Committee of the board.

Mutual of Omaha Insurance (282)

Age: N/A Perrysburg, OH Nationality:


Lopez’s focus is to enhance the performance of the business to benefit customers, employees, investors and other key stakeholders. He has established himself as a strong and successful leader, serving as CEO during 2015 and playing a leading role on the acquisition of Vitro’s Food and Beverage business in Mexico, the U.S. and Bolivia. He has also served as president of O-I Americas, with a focus on strengthening O-I’s North America operations. Prior to that role, he served as president of O-I’s South America operations, where he led the region through significant organic and acquisition-based growth, adding new capabilities in Brazil and Argentina. Lopez has held various other leadership positions at O-I, including global vice president of manufacturing and engineering; vice president of manufacturing, North America; and country general manager for O-I Peru.

Avery Dennison (417), O-I Glass (455)

Age: 74 Tucson, AZ Nationality:

HUMBERTO S LOPEZ President, HSL Properties, Inc Boards

A University of Arizona graduate, a member of the American Institute of CPA's practicing as a CPA for five years with Deloitte. Since 1975 have formed over 100 partnerships acquiring and developing over 25,000 apts and other commercial RE totaling over $1 billion. He is currently a member of the U of A President’s Club, the Tucson Airport Authority, and the Dioceses of Tucson Finance Council. Past member of the Young Presidents Organization and currently a member of the World Presidents Organization. Current Development Projects include the development of over 1,000 luxury apt units and the remodeling and development of approximately 500 hotel rooms. Current holdings include in excess of 11,000 apt units, approx 1,000 hotel rooms, land, a shopping center, office and industrial buildings and a golf course.

Pinnacle West Capital (657)

Age: 63 Albany, GA Nationality:




In 2000, Lopez Russell founded the Nancy Lopez Golf Company, which focuses on the design and manufacture of top-quality golf equipment and clothing for women. In 2015, she founded Nancy Lopez Golf Adventures, which provides golf instruction and golf travel adventures domestically and internationally. She is also an accomplished professional golfer, having won 48 career titles, including three majors, on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (“LPGA”) Tour. She is a member of the LPGA Hall of Fame and captained the 2005 U.S. Solheim Cup Team to victory. She also serves as a member of the Commissioner Advisory Board and the Foundation Board of the LPGA.

J.M. Smucker (378)

Age: 54 Palo Alto, CA Nationality:

ENRIQUE LORES President & Chief Executive Officer, HP Inc. Boards

During his 30-year HP career, Lores has held senior leadership positions spanning HP’s Personal Systems, Print, Industrial and Services businesses across country, region and worldwide roles. He was a key architect of the separation of Hewlett-Packard Company in 2015, of one of the largest and most complex corporate separations in business history, and he successfully led the Separation Management Office. Other previous leadership roles include GM of HP’s commercial PC business, SVP of worldwide customer support and services, and SVP of worldwide sales and solutions, among others. He has spearheaded HP’s commitment to environmental sustainability and consistently drives efforts to positively impact people, planet and communities around the world. Lores began his career as an HP intern, earning his degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and his MBA from ESADE Business School.

HP (56), PayPal Holdings (134)

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Age: 65 California Nationality:

MONICA C LOZANO President & CEO, College Futures Foundation Boards

Monica is one of the most respected businesswoman in Corporate America. She leads a private foundation that is working to ensure that more students who reflect California’s diversity complete a bachelor’s degree and access the opportunity for a better life. Prior to joining College Futures, Lozano spent thirty years in media as publisher and CEO of La Opinión, the country’s leading Spanish language daily newspaper and CEO of the parent company, ImpreMedia. Lozano led the business through its evolution from a newspaper company into a multimedia content company while maintaining its core mission to inform, educate, and empower the Latino community through relevant, unique, high quality content.

Target (30), Apple (3), Bank of America Corp. (29)

Age: 60 Chicago, IL Nationality:

JUAN RICARDO LUCIANO Chairman, President and CEO, ADM Boards

Joined ADM in 2011 as EVP and COO. He was named president in 2014, and in 2015 became the ninth CEO in ADM’s 112-year history. He became chairman of the board in 2016. Under Luciano’s leadership, ADM has undergone a remarkable evolution, building on more than a century of heritage to create a global nutrition business, with an industry-leading array of ingredients and solutions that are opening the door to growth opportunities in key global macro trend areas. He has spearheaded the increased use of innovative technologies to meet customer needs, and led a strategic growth campaign that has expanded ADM’s global footprint, building capabilities and adding talent and expertise that allow it to create value to every part of the global value chain. Before joining ADM, Luciano had a successful 25-year tenure at The Dow Chemical Company. Luciano holds an industrial engineering degree from the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology.

Archer Daniels Midland (51), Eli Lilly (118), Wilmar International

Age: 53 New York Nationality:

VICTOR LUIS Former Chief Executive, Tapestry, Inc. Boards

Luis served as the CEO and on the board of directors of Tapestry, Inc. from 2014 to 2019, where he led the company’s transformation into Tapestry Inc., a New York-based house of modern luxury brands including Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman. Luis joined Coach, Inc. in 2006 as president and CEO of Coach Japan. He rapidly assumed additional leadership responsibilities across Asia and Europe, becoming chief commercial officer of Coach, Inc. in 2013 and CEO in 2014. Prior to Coach, Inc., from 2002 to 2006, Luis was president and CEO of Baccarat, Inc., where he ran the North American operation of the French luxury brand. Luis joined the Moët-Hennessy Louis Vuitton Group in 1995, ultimately advancing to president and CEO of its subsidiary, Givenchy, Japan Incorporated, before leaving in 2002.

Deckers Outdoor (929)

Age: 43 N/A Nationality:

ALEX MACEDO Former President, Tim Hortons LATINO LEADERS JULY / AUGUST 2021



Former Restaurant Brands International executive, where he served as global President of Tim Hortons, the iconic and largest Canadian restaurant company, from 2017 to 2019. Previously, he was the President for Burger King North America from 2013 until 2017, where he led the turnaround of the Burger King business in the United States. He joined Burger King Corporation in 2011 as SVP for Marketing and later was General Manager of the U.S. franchise business. Prior to Burger King, he was founder and partner of True Marketing, a Latin American sales & marketing consulting company from 2008 to 2011. He also worked at AmBev, owned by AB Inbev, from 2003 through 2007, where he served as head of the Brahma Beer business unit.

Brinker International (736)

Age: N/A Mexico City, Mexico Nationality:

ADRIANA E. MACOUZET Vice President, PPG LatinAmerica and GeneralManager, Protective andMarine Coatings,Latin America


Adriana is VP of PPG Industries de Mexico, a subsidiary of PPG Industries Inc., a manufacturer and distributer of a broad range of paints, coatings and specialty materials, prior to which she served as its general manager, Latin America North and general manager, Automotive OEM Coatings from 2012 to 2017. She held several other positions of increasing responsibility at PPG Industries since she started with the company in 1989. Adriana has over 25 years of leadership experience in multinational settings. She earned an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Universidad La Salle, Mexico City; Mexico City and has completed executive training courses in Finance Management at University of Michigan Ross School of Business; Corporate Strategy at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business; and Women on Boards at Harvard Business School.

Cooper-Standard Holdings (870)

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Age: 52 Mexico City, Mexico Nationality:

JOSE MANUEL MADERO GARZA Founder & Managing Partner, Bizwp SC Boards

Madero is currently an independent business consultant based out of Mexico City. He served as honorary advisor of the COFINECE (national council for the promotion of investment, employment and economic growth) at the Office of the Chief of Staff of the President of Mexico from 2019 until his term ended in 2019. Prior to that, he served as CEO of Grupo Bepensa from 2015 through 2019. From 2005 to 2015, he held various roles of growing responsibility with Monsanto Company, including VP of International Business Development from 2014 to 2015, President and Regional Lead EMEA from 2013 to 2014, President and Regional Lead Latin America North from 2009 to 2013, VP of Commercial Operations for Latin America South from 2007 to 2009, and President and Regional Lead of Australia and New Zealand, from 2006 to 2007. Madero has served as a director of Newmont Corporation, the world’s leading gold company and a producer of copper, silver, zinc and lead, since April 2020.

Newmont Corp (273), Constellation Brands (359)

Age: 51 Austin, Texas Nationality:

JESUS B MANTAS Senior Managing Partner, IBM Boards

Mantas serves as the Senior Managing Partner responsible for worldwide strategy, innovation and corporate development for IBM Global Services (GBS), a $17 billion unit of IBM. He is responsible for the global portfolio of offerings, acquisitions, strategic alliances and ventures globally and IBM Institute of Business Value, the thought leadership arm of IBM. He is a member of the IBM Executive Performance Team, IBM Executive Technology Team and IBM Chairman Acceleration Team and is the co-chair of the IBM Hispanic Diversity Council. From 2002 through 2016 Mantas led IBM’s Business Consulting unit, IBM Global Process Services unit and the Business Services unit in Latin America after he held multiple leadership positions as VP in North America. Prior to IBM, he was a Partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, an adjunct professor at University of California – Irvine – Graduate School of Management and an officer in the Air Force of Spain.

Biogen (228)

Age: N/A Washington, DC Nationality:

JULISSA MARENCO Assistant Secretary for Communications and External Affairs,Smithsonian Institution


Most recently, Marenco served as the chief external affairs officer and senior advisor at the Federal Communications Commission where she directed outreach, education and external affairs in the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. She was responsible for establishing strategic partnerships and developing outreach efforts to consumers, stakeholders, and public and private partners. Previously, Marenco was the president of ZGS Communications Station Group where she oversaw the management and direction of 13 Telemundo television stations, three radio stations, multiple digital properties and more than 200 employees. Marenco earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Rowan University and her master’s degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 2007, she was selected by the President of the United States to serve as a White House Fellow.

Care First, Inc.

Age: 66 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Nationality:




Pedro joined Ball Corporation’s board of directors as advisory director in July 2010 and moved into the role of director in January 2018. He is CEO and member of the board, Banco BocomBBM, a Brazilian financial institution. He joined BBM Group in 1981; was elected to the executive committee of Banco BBM in 1983; and appointed its chief executive officer in 1991. In addition to his director role with Ball, Mariani is a member of the board of directors at FEBRABAN (Brazilian Federation of Banks). He is a council member for Pró-Criança Cardíaca Project, a children´s hospital in Rio de Janeiro. He is past-president of ANBID (Brazilian Association of Investment Banks) and past member of the Brazilian Financial System Council. Mariani has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro. His areas of specialty include econometrics and operational research.

Ball Corp. (260)

Age: 50 São Paulo, Brazil Nationality:

MARCOS MARINHO LUTZ Independent Director Boards

Lutz is former CEO of Cosan Limited, a Brazil-based holding company that operates in strategic sectors including agribusiness, fuel and natural gas distribution, lubricants and logistics. He served as CEO in 2015 to 2020 and served as a director of Cosan from 2009 to 2020. Prior to joining Cosan, he held senior leadership roles at Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (CSN) SA, most recently serving as vice president of infrastructure and energy with responsibility for the company’s hydroelectric plants, logistics, railways and port terminals. Prior to that, he was the COO for Ultracargo S.A., Ultra Group’s logistics subsidiary. Lutz has served as a director of Ultrapar Participações S.A., a Brazil-based conglomerate operating in the sectors of fuel distribution, specialty chemicals, liquid bulk storage and pharmacies, since 2021 and of Votorantim SA, a Brazil-based conglomerate mainly operating in the mining and metals, energy and banking sectors, also since 2021.

Corteva Inc. (214)

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Congratulations, William Hernandez

The entire Northrop Grumman team is proud of Bill and his selection to the Latino Leaders Magazine’s Latinos on Boards list. We are grateful for his exemplary board service, his commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and all he does to support our continued drive to define possible each and every day.

LEARN MORE AT ©2021 Northrop Grumman

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Age: 68 Dallas, TX Nationality:

GUILLERMO "GIL" MARMOL President, Marmol Associates LLC Boards

Foot Locker (385), Morae Global Corporation

Working in conjunction with leading private equity firms, Marmol invest and advises early-stage technology companies through his own firm Marmol & Associates. Previously, Marmol served on the boards of The Vitamin Shoppe and KERA, the North Texas public broadcasting affiliate, where he served two terms and chaired the finance committee. He served as a member of the executive committee that led the successful turnaround of EDS. While at EDS, he was responsible for planning, operations improvement and corporate development, he also led the acquisition of MphasiS a major Indian technology services provider. Prior to EDS, he served as CEO of Luminant, an Internet professional services company that he took public in 1998. He also was Chair of the Operating Committee of Perot Systems Corporation through a period of three-fold growth that included the successful integration of what, at the time, was the largest outsourcing contract in industry history. Marmol served as a director (senior partner) of McKinsey & Company for 18 years prior to that.

Age: N/A Sand Diego, CA Nationality:

PATRICIA MARQUEZ Associate Provost for Academic Planning & Innovation and Dean of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego


Since 2014, Márquez has served as Dean of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego (“USD”), and in July 2020 she started her dual role as Associate Provost for Academic Planning and Innovation and Dean of the the same school. She joined the USD School of Business in 2007 teaching courses in “Business and Society,” “Global Social Entrepreneurship,” and “Business and Social Innovation.” Her research has focused on the intersection of business and social value creation, with an emphasis on poverty alleviation through market mechanisms. Prior to joining USD, Márquez was a professor and dean at IESA, a School of Business in Caracas, Venezuela from 2003 to 2005. She has a bachelor of arts from Bowdoin College, and received her master of arts and doctor of philosophy in socio-cultural anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.

PriceSmart (694)

Age: 44 Fort Lauderdale, FL Nationality:

MARIO MARTE Chief Financial Officer, Chewy Boards

In his current role, Marte led the successful initial public offering (IPO) of Chewy in 2019 and leads all finance, accounting and investor relations functions for the company. Prior to becoming CFO, he led financial planning and analysis and treasury in three successful private fundraisings and the sale of Chewy to BC Partners in 2017. He has almost two decades of experience in finance at American Airlines, Hilton Worldwide and Chewy. He has experience in growth and transformation, having established the financial planning, operations finance and treasury functions at Chewy Inc. He also worked closely with the leadership team to reengineer the company’s financial strategy and long-term growth plan in the first six months after joining. These steps led the company to grow from $250 million in revenue to more $7 billion in five years while rapidly scaling to profitability and the lead position in e-commerce for the pet category. He has worked internationally, based in Spain and the United Kingdom, while leading teams across several countries and regions including Asia Pacific, Latin America, North America and Europe.

Best Buy Co (66)

Age: 73 Miami, FL Nationality:

MELQUIADES R MARTINEZ Chairman of the Southeast and Latin America, JPMorgan Chase & Co




NVR (383), Marriott Vacations Worldwide (769)

After more than a decade of public service, Mel joined JPMorgan Chase in 2010. Based in Florida, he represents the firm to clients throughout the Southeast—from individuals and businesses to large corporations, governments and nonprofit organizations. Mel was elected to the United States Senate in 2004 representing Florida and served on several committees including Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Armed Services and Foreign Affairs. While serving in the Senate, Mel led efforts to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and was a trusted voice on foreign policy issues throughout the Western Hemisphere. Prior to his time in the Senate, he served as the 12th Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As the first Cuban American to serve in a President’s cabinet, he became known for his efforts to increase homeownership for all Americans and his aggressive efforts to end chronic homelessness. Mel also served as Mayor of Orange County (Orlando, Florida) and prior to his public service, he practiced law for 25 years.

Age: 63 San Jose, CA Nationality:

MARIA MARTINEZ EVP and Chief Operating Officer, Cisco Boards

Maria is responsible for the company's operations and transformation, as well as building high-value experiences for its customers, partners, and employees. She oversees Cisco’s Strategy Execution, Customer Success, Renewals, Customer & Partner Experience, Security & Trust, Supply Chain, IT, Services, and Transformation functions. Known as a transformational leader and engineer at heart, Martinez has more than 35 years of leadership experience from a variety of technology sectors including software, services, hardware and networking technology. Prior to Cisco, Maria served as President, Customer Success at Salesforce, where she was responsible for the onboarding, adoption, and growth of the global customer base. She has held executive positions at industry giants such as Microsoft, Motorola, and AT&T and served as the CEO of IoT startup, Embrace Networks. Maria proudly serves on the Board of Directors for both McKesson and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. She holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and a master's degree in computer engineering from Ohio State University.

McKesson (7)

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Gilead is proud to honor the leadership of Javier Rodriguez. We are grateful to have him as a member of the Gilead Board and thank him for his invaluable support. Congratulations to Javier and all the directors being recognized by Latino Leaders.

For more than 30 years, Gilead has created breakthroughs once thought impossible for people living with life-threatening diseases. For more information, please visit

© 2021 Gilead Sciences, Inc.


JUAN R. PEREZ Hershey Board Director

Thank you Juan, for your leadership and serving as a role model for Latino business leaders. The Hershey Company fosters diversity, equity and inclusion in our workplace and communities. Diversity fuels innovative business solutions that drive business success.


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Age: 55 Santa Rosa, CA Nationality:

BRETT MARTINEZ President & CEO, Redwood Credit Union Boards

CUNA Mutual Group, is a leading provider of insurance and financial services to credit unions, their members, and valued customers worldwide. He joined the board in 2021. He has been with Redwood Credit Union since 2002. As the President & CEO, Martinez oversees all aspects of the credit union, including its credit union service organization (CUSO), which operates an auto dealership and an insurance agency. He is past Chairman of the Board for the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, past Chairman of Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and past Chairman of the Board of the California Credit Union League. He has served on the Western CUNA Management School (WCMS) Board of Trustees and the CU Direct Board. Martinez holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from California State University San Bernardino. He is also a graduate of Western CUNA Management School class of 1994.

CUNA Mutual Group (615)

Age: 65 Santa Barbara, CA Nationality:

ANGEL R MARTINEZ Former Chairman, Deckers Outdoor Corporation Boards

Martinez previously served as the President and CEO of Deckers Outdoor Corp. from 2005 until his retirement in 2016. During his time at the company, he oversaw many global footwear brands including Teva®, UGG® Australia, and HOKA One One®. In 2008, he was honored as the 'Person of the Year' by Footwear News. Prior to Deckers, Martinez also held executive positions at Keen, LLC, a performance outdoor footwear company and Reebok International Ltd.

Korn Ferry (961)

Age: 65 Dallas, TX Nationality:

SARA MARTINEZ TUCKER Former Chairman of the Board of the University of Texas System


American Electric Power, Cornerstone on Demand, Nationwide and Service Corporation, International.

Former chairman of The University of Texas System Board of Regents. She previously served as CEO of the National Math + Science Initiative. Prior to that, she served as the under secretary at the U.S. Department of Education. She was nominated to that post by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. As under secretary, she oversaw all policies, programs and activities related to postsecondary education, vocational and adult education, and federal student aid. Prior to joining the Department, Tucker worked for nine years as the CEO and president of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF). While there, Tucker raised $280 million for scholarships, growing annual scholarships from $3 million to over $25 million, and to launch community outreach programs to raise college expectations in Latino families and communities. Prior to joining HSF, Tucker spent 16 years at AT&T. A native of Laredo, Texas, she earned her bachelor's degree with honors in journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She worked as a reporter for the San Antonio Express before returning to UT to earn her master's in business administration.

Age: 58 Miami, FL Nationality:

JORGE MAS Chairman of the Board & Co-Founder, MasTec, Inc. LATINO LEADERS JULY / AUGUST 2021



Mas is Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder of MasTec, Inc. and has been involved in all phases of the firm’s development since its creation in 1994. He began his career at Church and Tower, MasTec’s predecessor in 1984. Mas is also the managing partner of a Private Equity Group which manages a diverse portfolio of operating companies and investments. He has served on over a dozen corporate boards assisting in strategic growth strategies and corporate governance. Mas founded Neff Corporation and is Managing Owner of the recently awarded Miami Major League Soccer franchise. Mas graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1984 and a Master in Business Administration in 1985.

MasTec (441)

Age: 48 Miami, FL Nationality:

JOSE RAMON MAS CEO, MasTec, Inc. Boards

Mas was appointed CEO of MasTec in 2007 and during his tenure MasTec’s revenues have more than quadrupled and earnings have grown six fold. Since assuming the top executive position at MasTec, Jose has diversified the company into the growing fields of oil and gas pipeline construction, electric transmission line construction, renewable energy, and wireless infrastructure construction while expanding its traditional communications business, which includes both broad-band infrastructure and installation to the home satellite services. Mas has grown up in the business and over 20 years worked his way from the field to the boardroom. Mas is a graduate of the University of Miami where he obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration.

MasTec (441)

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Pelham, NY

FÉLIX V MATOS RODRIGUEZ Chancellor of City University of New York Boards

Prior to his appointment as Chancellor in May 2019, Rodríguez was president of CUNY’s Queens College and of CUNY’s Eugenio María de Hostos Community College in the Bronx. He has served as a teacher, administrator, and former Cabinet secretary for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. He sits on the governing board of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and additionally serves on the boards of Phipps Houses, the United Way of New York City, the American Council on Education, the TIAA Hispanic Advisory Council, and the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. Matos Rodríguez holds a B.A. from Yale University and received a doctorate in history from Columbia University.




Age: 59

Affiliated Managers Group (951)

Age: 55 Miami, FL Nationality:

MARIA FERNANDA MEJIA Independent Director Boards

From November 2011 to February 2020, Mejía served as a Senior Vice President at the Kellogg Company and President of Kellogg Latin America during the same period. She previously held a number of positions at Colgate-Palmolive in the U.S., Latin America, Asia and Europe between 1989 and 2011. These included Vice President and General Manager Global Personal Care and Fragrance Development and, prior to that, Vice President Marketing and Innovation, Europe and South Pacific. Mejía previously served as a non-executive director at IAG, a leading global Airline Group, from 2014 to 2020 where she was a member of the Audit and Compliance and Remuneration Committees.

Grocery Outlet Holding (722)

Age: N/A Hartford, CT Nationality:

YVETTE MELÉNDEZ President, YMR Consulting Boards

Yvette is a former healthcare policy executive, with more than 30 years of experience leading large government agencies, educational institutions and non-profit organizations. She retired in 2017 as interim president of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. She is the former vice president, for government and community alliance for Hartford HealthCare, a regional, integrated healthcare network. Prior to that, she was chief of staff and chief administrative officer for the Connecticut State University System. Her experience also includes leadership roles at the State Department of Education, where she was the architect of Connecticut's entry into the charter school movement; as deputy commissioner of the Department of Public Health; and as chief of staff for the Department of Social Services.

The MITRE Corporation

Age: N/A Dallas, TX Nationality:

RUBEN MENDOZA President & Chief Executive Officer, Foundation Building Materials

Foundation Building Materials

Age: 46 Ft. Laureldale, FL Nationality:

JUAN MIGUEL MENDOZA Independent Herbalife Distributor Boards

Mendoza is an independent Herbalife Nutrition distributor with more than 25 years of experience helping people live healthy active lifestyles through personalized nutrition and coaching. Mendoza regularly tours the world, training independent Herbalife Nutrition distributors about the business, the products, and the importance of our distributor difference. He is an integral member of various strategy and planning groups for the Company. As a member of the Board of Directors, Mendoza has a first-hand understanding of the function and specific needs of the Company’s independent distributors, the ultimate drivers of Herbalife Nutrition’s business, to the Board.

Herbalife Nutrition



Prior to founding the company in 2011, Mendoza served as the CEO of AMS, a leading distributor of wallboard, suspended ceiling systems, lath and plaster products, doors and other building products. Mendoza originally joined AMS in 1991 and assumed the CEO role in 2003 after several years as AMS’ Vice President and Sales Manager. AMS grew significantly under Mendoza’s leadership, particularly across the West Coast and Northern Mexico through Greenfields and strategic acquisitions. Mendoza attended California State University and has completed executive education at Harvard Business School (Strategy), Wharton School of Business (Management) and Northwestern (Marketing).

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Age: 54 San Antonio, TX Nationality:

ELAINE MENDOZA President & CEO, Conceptual MindWorks, Inc. Boards

CMI is a leading informatics company that specializes in providing health-related software, bioinformatics, biotechnology, scientific, and technical solutions to the public and private sectors, which she founded in 1990. Mendoza serves on the boards of several entities, including non-profits, and has been an active member of her community for more than 30 years. She currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System and as a member of the board of directors of HCSC, where she serves as the chair of the Audit and Compliance committee. Mendoza holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Rush Enterprises (545)

Age: N/A Miami, FL Nationality:

PATRICIA MENENDEZ-CAMBO General Counsel, SoftBank Latin America Fund &

Patricia has saerved as Deputy General Counsel of SoftBank Group International and General Counsel of the SoftBank Latin America Fund since May 2019 and General Counsel of the SoftBank Opportunity Fund since July 2020. Prior to joining SoftBank, she served in various leadership roles at the law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, including as Vice Chair and as a member of the firm's Executive Committee. Patricia holds a J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and a B.B.A degree from the University of Miami.

Opportunity Fund


Expedia Group Inc. (515)

Age: 43 Dallas, TX Nationality:

PABLO MERCADO Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, EnLink Midstream


He has served as SVP and CFO of Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. since 2018. Since 2011, Mercado served in various roles at Forum Energy Technologies, Inc., including as SVP, Finance from 2017 to 2018; VP, Operations Finance from 2015 to 2017; VP, Corporate Strategy and Treasurer from 2014 to 2015; VP, Corporate Development & Strategy from 2013 to 2014; and VP, Corporate Development from 2011 to 2013. From 2005 to 2011, Mercado was an investment banker in the Oil and Gas Group of Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC where he worked with oilfield services companies. From 1998 to 2001 and 2003 to 2005, Mercado was an investment banker at other firms, primarily working with companies in the oil and gas industry. He holds a B.B.A. from the Cox School of Business, a B.A. in Economics from the Dedman College at Southern Methodist University, and an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Comfort Systems USA, Inc. (776)

Age: 57 Paradise Valley, AZ Nationality:




Commercial Bank of California

Age: 58 New York, NY Nationality:

JORGE MESQUITA Executive Vice President, Worldwide Chairman, Johnson & Johnson


Alex founded and oversees Meruelo Group LLC, which supports his still-growing family of companies across a variety of business sectors, including entertainment, gaming and hospitality, construction, real estate, banking, and food services. He became the Majority Owner, Chairman, and Governor of the Arizona Coyotes on July 29, 2019. Alex assembled and developed a residential and commercial real estate portfolio with holdings throughout Southern California. Those investments led Alex to expand into construction through Meruelo Enterprises, Inc., owner of six utility construction companies with deep roots in building major private and public construction projects throughout Southern California.

Humana (41), Mondelez International (108)

Mesquita is Ex EVP, Johnson & Johnson and Worldwide Chairman, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc., serving on the Executive Committee and leading the Consumer Group Operating Committee. He has a strong track record of building and marketing global brands, developing consumer insight-driven innovation capabilities and leading strategic business turnarounds. He joined J&J from Procter & Gamble in 2014. In his most recent position as Group President, New Business Creation and Innovation, he redesigned the company’s business development organization, and worked across the corporation with technology, marketing and finance leaders to develop groundbreaking innovation capabilities. His diverse experience included leading major global business units in the Home Care and Fabric Care categories and was recognized for the reinvention of major brands such as Tide, Swiffer, Febreze, Downy and others. He spent his first 15 years at P&G working in various capacities across Latin America including roles in Oral Care and Beauty. He’s lived and worked in several countries including Venezuela, Mexico, Brazil and the United States. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology.

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Thank you

for your service

We are proud to congratulate Cristy Garcia-Thomas on being featured in the 2021 Latinos on Boards list as one of the nation’s outstanding Latino leaders. Thank you for the service and leadership you bring in guiding our company’s pursuit of excellence.

WEC Energy Group (NYSE: WEC), a Fortune 500 company based in Milwaukee, is one of the nation’s premier energy companies, serving 4.6 million customers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota.


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Age: 55 New Orleans, LA Nationality:

CARLOS MICKAN Vice Chairman of the Board, Head of Finance &

Prior to joining Pan-American Life, Carlos was Senior Vice President and CFO of Principal International, Inc., Chief Planning Officer for Aetna International, CFO for CIGNA Latin America and, Assistant Treasurer for CIGNA Worldwide. While with Principal, he assisted in the development of numerous successful acquisitions and joint ventures in Asia & Latin America. He holds a B.S. from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia and an M.B.A in International Business from the University of South Carolina.

Administration, Pan-American Life Insurange Group


Pan-American Life Insurance Group

Age: N/A Fort Lauderdale, FL Nationality:

CHERYL MILLER Executive Strategic Advisor, JM Family Enterprises, Inc. Boards

Cheryl previously served as CEO and president of AutoNation, Inc., a Fortune 150 company, as well as on its Board of Directors. She joined AutoNation in 2009 as treasurer and vice president of Investor Relations and was promoted to CFO in 2014. She previously served as vice president and treasurer for JM Family Enterprises, a diversified automotive company, and ION Media Networks. She also previously held financial management jobs at Republic Industries, and its successor companies of AutoNation and Alamo/National car rental, as well as Circuit City Stores. A native of Puerto Rico, Cheryl holds a bachelor's degree in finance and business administration from James Madison University.

Tyson Foods (73)

Age: 67 San Francisco, CA Nationality:

LOU MIRAMONTES Independent Director Boards

Louis (Lou) Miramontes is an experienced board member and accomplished business executive. He is a strong leader and provides frequent counsel and input to CEOs on operating and strategic matters. As a Qualified Financial Executive, he provides oversight of financial disclosures, internal controls and compliance. He is proactive with financial teams to help build strong and effective financial systems. Lou had a 38-year career at KPMG, where he served in many leadership roles, including managing partner of the San Francisco office and Senior Partner for KPMG’s Latin America region. As an audit partner, he provided audit services to public and private clients in the retail, financial services and real estate sectors. Lou received his B.S. degree in Business Administration from California State University, East Bay.

Lithia Motors (231), Rite Aid (132), Oportun Financial Corp.

Age: 55 Miami, FL Nationality:




Experienced Independent Board Member at Fortune 1000 Public and Private Equity backed companies with experience in Nominating & Governance (Chair), Audit/Finance and Compensation Committees. Strong background as an accomplished former CEO, General Manager and Global Marketer with 30 years of experience mainly focused on fast-turning Consumer Goods, Food, Healthcare and Retail multinational Fortune 500 companies. Proven track record of successfully directing large, complex businesses in North and Latin America to accelerated sales growth and P&L success. Monteagudo has a diverse perspective regarding Domestic and International Markets, Innovation, Global/Digital Marketing, E-Commerce, Hispanic consumers, as well as a demonstrated capability in strategic planning, M&A, Diversity/Inclusion and cultural transformation.

IHeart Media, WD-40 Company, ACCO Brands, Driscoll’s

Age: 63 Phoenix, AZ Nationality:

MICHAEL MONTELONGO GRC Advisory Services, LLC Boards

Michael is a former presidential appointee and Senate-confirmed official. He is also a senior advisor at LeadershipForward, a premier leadership performance firm serving Fortune 500 and small business clients. He erved as chief administrative officer and senior vice president, public policy and corporate affairs for Sodexo, Inc. Previously, he was a Bush White House appointee serving as the 19th assistant secretary for financial management and chief financial officer of the U.S. Air Force and concluded his tenure at the Pentagon as acting secretary of the Air Force.

Conduent (604),

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CONGRATULATIONS GRACE LIEBLEIN AND GEORGE PAZ Thank you for your leadership and dedication Grace Lieblein Honeywell Board Member since 2012

George Paz Honeywell Board Member since 2008

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Age: 57 Minneapolis, MN Nationality:

JAIME MONTEMAYOR Chief Digital and Technology Officer, General Mills Boards

Montemayor’s global and multicultural career has delivered significant business value, developed talent and built strong teams across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. He leads General Mills digital transformation efforts, including new digital capabilities, data and analytics, technology solutions and cybersecurity. His 20+ years of experience in the technology space includes leadership positions at Oracle, Booz Allen, and PepsiCo, where he has led multiple IT-enabled business transformations. He holds a B.S from ITESM (Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico) and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Northwestern Mutual (102)

Age: 69 Coral Gables, FL Nationality:

MARITZA G MONTIEL Independent Director Boards

Montiel served as Deputy CEO and Vice Chairman of Deloitte LLP from 2011 through her retirement in May 2014. Prior to these positions, she held numerous senior management roles at Deloitte, including Managing Partner (Leadership Development and Succession, Deloitte University) from 2009 to 2011, and Regional Managing Partner from 2001 to 2009. During Montiel’s tenure at Deloitte, she was the Advisory Partner for many engagements in which Deloitte was the principal auditor.

Royal Caribbean, McCormick & Co. (523), APTAR Group (812), Comcast (28)

Age: 65 Miami, FL Nationality:

JORGE P MONTOYA Retired, President Procter & Gamble Global Snacks and Beverages, President Procter & Gamble Latin America


Montoya worked for 33 years with Procter & Gamble, retiring in 2004 as President P&G Latin America and President Global Snacks and Beverages. Starting in Peru in 1971, he became GM Spain in 1978 and in 1985 was placed in charge of Latin America, then a small 4-country business. He relocated the P&G LA headquarters to Caracas, Venezuela, including setting up a research innovation center, the only one of its kind for a multinational in the region. At retirement in 2004 P&G Latin America had operations in all countries and about $5billion annual sales. He and his wife Costanza have a private foundation to support underserved children education in Peru and Venezuela. Montoya holds a BS in mechanical engineering (1969) and an MBA (1971), both from UC Berkeley.

The Gap (221)

Age: 47 San Francisco, CA Nationality:

MICHAEL MONTOYA Chief Information Security Officer, Equinix LATINO LEADERS JULY / AUGUST 2021



Montoya serves as Chief Information Security Officer at Equinix, a role he has held since 2019. Previously, he served as SVP & Chief Information Security Officer at Digital Realty and in numerous leadership roles at Microsoft, including as Chief Cybersecurity Officer, Asia, where he led security initiatives and operations for the development and delivery of Microsoft cloud security products and services. Montoya also held leadership positions at FireEye, EMC Corporation, and Avanade Inc. He currently serves as an advisor for several early-stage security companies. He earned a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of New Mexico and holds advisor roles for several early-stage security companies.

F5 Networks (882)

Age: N/A Houston, TX Nationality:

WENDY MONTOYA CLOONAN Shareholder, The Law Office of Wendy Montoya Cloonan, PLLC


Shareholder at The Law Office of Wendy Montoya Cloonan since 2019, which specializes in the areas of public finance and public law. Before founding her own firm, she worked at the Houston Endowment, Inc., a private foundation that partners with other organizations in the non-profit, public and private sectors to improve quality of life for the residents of greater Houston, from 2015 to 2019 where she served as Senior Program Officer in Education, Assistant General Counsel and Director of Legal. Prior to that she served as an attorney at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, Schwartz, Page & Harding, L.L.P. and Vinson & Elkins LLP. Cloonan has served as a commissioner of the Port of Houston Authority since 2019 and on the board of directors of the Houston Downtown Management District since 2015. She has previously served on the boards of directors of the Hispanic Bar Association and United Way. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University, a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence with Honors from The University of Texas School of Law.

CenterPoint Energy (342)

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ROBERT F MORAN Independent Director Boards

Hanesbrands (432), GNC Holdings, Inc.

Age: 58 Washington DC Nationality:

LUIS MORENO Managing Director, Allen & Co LLC Boards

From 2016 to 2017, Moran served as Interim Chief Executive Officer of GNC. He served as Chairman of the Board of PetSmart, Inc. (“PetSmart”), from 2012 to 2013 and as CEO of PetSmart from 2009 to 2013. He joined PetSmart as President of North American Stores in 1999, and in 2001 he was appointed President and COO. From 1998 to 1999, he was President of Toys “R” Us (Canada) Ltd. Prior to 1991 and from 1993 to 1998, for a total of 20 years, Moran was employed by retailer Sears, Roebuck and Company in a variety of financial and merchandising positions, including as President and CEO of Sears de Mexico. He was also CFO and Executive Vice President of Galerias Preciados of Madrid, Spain, a leading department store, from 1991 to 1993.



Dow (82)


Age: 69

Moreno is the former President and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB), a position he held for 15 years. Moreno transformed the IDB by increasing the its financial strength by optimizing the use of its capital, revamping private sector affiliations and innovation laboratory, standardizing gender and diversity objectives, adopting new technologies and innovation to increase the impact and efficiency of the Bank’s operations and, leading the organization through a an unprecedented operational response in support of member countries during the onset of COVID-19 pandemic. Before IDB, he served as Colombia’s Ambassador to the U.S. from 1998 until 2005. He previously served as Colombia’s Minister of Economic Development and as strategic advisor to leading private sector organizations. Moreno is a member of the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum; a member of the International Olympic Committee and of the Latin American Conservation Council. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, and on the Boards of Directors of Coca-Cola FEMSA and Nubank.

Age: N/A Arcadia, CA Nationality:

ELIZABETH MUNOZ Chief Executive Officer, Torrid Boards

Elizabeth Munoz brings more than 25 years of experience in retailing, designing, merchandising and manufacturing consumer fashion brands. Munoz has been CEO of Torrid since 2018. From 2018 to 2018, she served as president of Torrid. She was SVP of product for Torrid from 2016 to 2018. From 2010 to of 2016, Munoz served as senior vice president of product for Hot Topic, the former parent company of Torrid, driving a vertical transformation while building product development infrastructures for Torrid and Hot Topic. In 2016, the companies split and Munoz focused solely on Torrid. Earlier in her career, she served in a number of executive positions over 13 years with Lucky Brand, including president from 2008 to 2010.

Advantage Solutions (718)

Age: 61

OSCAR MUNOZ Retired Executive Chairman & CEO, United Airlines Boards

CBRE Group (122) , Univision Communications (830), Archer

Munoz is recognized as one of the world's foremost leaders in corporate turnaround strategy, successful operations management, employee engagement and a strong customer advocate. He was credited for leading United Airlines out of a period of acute crisis for the corporation, rapidly achieving industry-leading reliability, as well as sustained financial success, with stock value increasing 54% during his tenure. He previously served as CFO at AT&T Consumer Services. He’s also served as SVP of Finance and Administration for U.S. West, Regional Vice President of Finance and Administration for Coca-Cola Enterprises, and has held various finance positions at PepsiCo. As a first-generation college graduate from an immigrant family, he has dedicated himself to advancing the futures of others with similar backgrounds. He founded Pave It Forward, a foundation that raises scholarship funds for first-generation students. The first Latino to run a major US airline. Oscar graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in business administration, and he received an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Age: 68 Washington, DC Nationality:

GEORGE MUÑOZ President, Muñoz Group Boards

Muñoz has over 17 years of experience in public company corporate governance serving as a member of the Board and a member or chair of Board Audit Committees, Compensation Committees and Corporate ESG & Nom and Gov Committees. Extensive experience in working with different levels of government and regulatory bodies. Muñoz was appointed and served as an Assistant Secretary and Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Treasury Department during the first term of the Clinton Administration (1993-1997). In that capacity, he oversaw management and financial matters for the Treasury Department and its Bureaus. He was appointed and served as the President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), an independent federal agency during the second term of the Clinton Administration (1997 – 2001).He has a law degree from Harvard Law School and a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard University.

Altria Group (138), Marriott International (293), Laureate Education (803)


Jacksonville, FL Nationality:

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Age: 62 Bryan, TX Nationality:

ELSA A MURANO Director, Norman E. Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture Professor & President Emerita, Texas A&M University.


Elsa began her career as an Assistant Professor in food microbiology at Iowa State University in 1990, where she conducted research in food safety and was appointed Researcher-in-Charge of the Electron Beam Food Irradiation Program. In 1995, she joined the faculty at Texas A&M University as Associate Professor, leading the university’s Center for Food Safety as Director, and was awarded the Sadie Hatfield Professorship in Agriculture. In 2001, she was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as Undersecretary for Food Safety at the United States Department of Agriculture. In 2005, she returned to Texas A&M, where she was appointed Dean and Vice Chancellor of Agriculture and Life Sciences In 2008. Murano became the first woman and first Hispanic president of Texas A&M University and also serves as a member of the Council of Advisors for the World Food Prize Foundation.

Hormel Foods (317)

Age: 57 Miami, FL Nationality:


Claudio joined SAP in 2015. Prior to this date he was CEO of NEORIS for ten years and evolved the Latin American born company into a global management and IT consulting business. Previously, he was VP of Teradata Corporation in Latin America and the Caribbean and worked at NCR Corporation for over 20 years, where he held various senior executive positions. A strong advocate of education and an entrepreneurial mindset as a means to advance social wellbeing and economic growth. He is also a Board Member of the Council of the Americas. He holds a Bachelor's degree from the Catholic University of Argentina with double major in Business Administration and Accounting and Global Executive M.B.A. from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Principal Financial Group (206)

Age: 59 Washington, DC Nationality:

ALBERTO G MUSALEM Chief Executive Officer, Co-Chief Investment Officer & Founder,Evince Asset Management LP


Prior to founding Evince, Alberto served as EVP at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 2014 to 2016, as Head of the Integrated Policy Analysis Group and of the Emerging Markets and International Affairs Group, as well as a Member of the Bank’s Management Committee. From 2000 to 2013, he held various positions at Tudor Investment Corporation, including Managing Director, Partner, and Global Head of Research and was a Member of the firm's Management, Capital Allocation and Strategy Committees. From 1996 to 2000, he was an economist at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC. In addition, he was an Adjunct Professor of International Financial Markets at the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University (2007) and worked at both Bankers Trust (1995) and McKinsey & Co. (1994). Musalem began his career as a management consultant at Interamerican Management Consulting Corporation (1992-1993). He sits on the board of Evince's United Kingdom affiliate, Evince Asset Management UK Ltd.

Freddie Mac (47)

Age: 54 Houston, TX Nationality:

ANTONIO FABIO NERI President & CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise LATINO LEADERS JULY / AUGUST 2021



During his more than 25 years at the Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Antonio has held numerous leadership positions. Most recently, he served as EVP and General Manager of HPE’s Enterprise Group, which included the company’s Server, Networking, Storage and Technology Services business units. Prior to HPE’s separation from HP, Antonio ran HP’s Server and Networking business, where he was responsible for bringing new innovations to market and the execution of the go-to-market strategy. Before that, Antonio led HP’s Technology Services business, which provided technology support and consulting services for HP’s products and solutions. Antonio spent the earlier part of his career in various engineering and leadership roles in HP’s Printing and Personal Systems business units. Antonio graduated from Escuela Nacional de Educación Técnica in Argentina and attended the Universidad Tecnólogica Nacional.

Anthem, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Age: 66 Chicago, IL Nationality:

LUIS P NIETO President, Nieto Advisory LLC Boards

Nieto served as President of the Consumer Foods Group for ConAgra Foods Inc. from 2007 until he retired in 2009. He joined ConAgra in 2005 and held various leadership positions, including President of the Meats Group and Refrigerated Foods Group. Prior to joining ConAgra, he was President and CEO of the Federated Group, a leading private label supplier to the retail grocery and foodservice industries, from 2002 to 2005. From 2000 to 2002, he served as President of the National Refrigerated Products Group of Dean Foods Company. Prior to joining Dean Foods, Nieto held positions in brand management and strategic planning with Mission Foods, Kraft Foods and the Quaker Oats Company. Nieto Advisory LLC, a consulting firm and is affiliated with Akoya Capital Partners.

Ryder System (357), Fresh & Ready Foods, LLC, Auto Zone New addition to the 2021 Latino Leaders' Board List

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Age: 57 Cincinnati, OH Nationality:

GUILLERMO NOVO Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Ashland Boards

Novo became CEO of Ashland in 2019. Previously, he was the President & CEO of Versum Materials and a member of its Board of Directors. Novo also served as EVP, Materials Technologies of Air Products. He joined Air Products in 2012 as SVP Electronics, Performance Materials, Strategy and Technology. Prior to Air Products, he was employed by Dow Chemical Company where he most recently served as group vice president, Dow Coating Materials. He began his career in 1986 with Rohm and Haas Company (which merged with Dow in 2009) and over the next 24 years progressed through a variety of commercial, marketing, and general management positions, living in South America, the U.S. and Asia. In 1998, he was named a vice president at Rohm and Haas, and in 2006 he became a corporate officer and one of five group executives on the corporate leadership team. He holds an industrial engineering degree from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

PPG Industries (220), Ashland Global Holdings (869)

Age: 63 Boise, ID Nationality:

ELLEN OCHOA Outside Director & Speaker; Chair, National Science Board & retired Astronaut and Director, NASA Johnson Space Center


She has a 30-year career at NASA as a senior government executive, astronaut and engineer. During the time Ochoa served as Director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, the International Space Station transitioned to an R&D focus, and the Orion exploration spacecraft completed a successful first test flight. As the first Latina astronaut, she applied her technology and operations experience during four space shuttle missions, logging nearly 1000 hours in space. Prior to her astronaut career, she was a research engineer and holds three patents for optical systems. She earned a Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford, and a B.S. in Physics from San Diego State University. Ochoa is honored to have six schools named after her and six honorary doctorates. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the National Academy of Inventors, and the Optical Society of America.

Service Corp. International (670), Mutual of America Financial Group

Age: 71 Miami, FL Nationality:

ARMANDO J OLIVERA Venture Partner, Ridge Lane Partners Ltd, Sustainability

Olivera is the retired president and CEO of Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc. and one of the largest investor-owned electric utilities in the US. Olivera managed a multibillion dollar capital investment program that included expanded nuclear capacity, a new highly efficient natural gas, combined cycle plant and three new solar energy centers. After retiring from FPL, Olivera served for three years a senior advisor and general partner at Britton Hill Partners, a privately-held investment and advisory firm. He has also served on the boards of AGL Resources and Nicor Corporation.



Lennar (129), Fluor (196), Consolidated Edison Inc. (249)

Age: 71 Washington, DC Nationality:

MARIA OTERO Former Undersecretary of State, U.S Department of State LATINO LEADERS JULY / AUGUST 2021



In 2009, Otero was appointed by President Obama as Undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs. In 2012, Secretary Clinton named Maria Otero as Undersecretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights. She became the highest-ranking Hispanic official at the State Department and the first Latina undersecretary in its history. She was appointed by President Clinton to chair the board of the Inter-American Foundation and by President Bush to serve as vice-chair on the board of the US Institute of Peace. In 2006, she was appointed by Secretary General Kofi Annan to the U.N. Advisors Group on Inclusive Financial Sectors. From 2000 to 2009 Otero served as President and CEO of Accion International. In that capacity, she chaired the board of Accion Investments and represented Accion on the board of several microfinance banks.

Herbalife Nutrition

Age: 64 Los Angeles, CA Nationality:

MARGARITA PALAU-HERNANDEZ United States Representative to the United Nations General Assembly 73rd Session


Margarita is Founder and CEO of Hernández Ventures, a privately held enterprise involved in Spanish media, business and real estate ventures. She previously served on the boards of Herbalife Nutrition, Ltd. (2018 to 2021) and ALJ Regional Holdings, Inc. (2015 to 2019). In 2018, she was nominated to serve as a Representative of the United States of America to the Seventy-third Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations with the personal rank of Ambassador. Prior to founding Hernandez Ventures, Paláu-Hernández was an attorney with the law firm of McCutcheon, Black, Verleger & Shea (1985-1988). She was born in Mexico where she received her primary and secondary education. She completed her education in the United States, earning a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from the University of San Diego and a Juris Doctor degree from UCLA School of Law.

Occidental Petroleum (183), Xerox Holdings (415), Conduent (604) New addition to the 2021 Latino Leaders' Board List

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Age: 75 Miami, FL Nationality:

CARLOS PALOMARES President & CEO, SMC Resources Boards

SMC Resources is a consulting practice that advises senior executives on business and marketing strategy. From 2001 to 2007, Palomares was Senior Vice President at Capital One Financial Corp., and he was Chief Operating Officer of Capital One Federal Savings Bank banking unit from 2004 to 2007. Prior to joining Capital One, he held a number of senior positions with Citigroup Inc. and its affiliates, including Chief Operating Officer of Citibank Latin America Consumer Bank from 1998 to 2001, CFO of Citibank North America Consumer Bank from 1997 to 1998, Chairman and CEO of Citibank Italia from 1990 to 1992, and President and CEO of Citibank FSB Florida from 1992 to 1997. Palomares earned a B.S. degree in Quantitative Analysis from New York University.

Regional Management Corporation, Pan America Life Insurance, Banesco USA

Age: 59 Dallas, TX Nationality:

JAVIER PALOMAREZ Independent Director Boards

Former President and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC). He helped raise the profile of the USHCC through frequent media appearances, the establishment of strong partnerships with the country’s largest corporations, sponsors, Hispanic entrepreneurs and the promotion of the organization as a leading advocacy group for American small business and the Hispanic community in general. He has held senior leadership positions in marketing, business development, brand strategy and public relations and is credited with the creation of specialized insurance, telecommunications and financial services products, for leading corporations such as Allstate, Sprint and Bank of America. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from The University of Texas-Pan American, as well as an Honorary Doctorate of Commercial Sciences from Westminster College.

MasTec. (441), DTE

Age: 63 Washington, DC Nationality:

SITO PANTOJA General Vice President, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Transportation Department


Sito has served as the IAM General Vice President to the Transportation Department since January 2012. The Transportation Department operates from IAM Headquarters and administers contracts in the railroad and air transport sectors in the United States. Sito was appointed as the IAM’s representative to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC), which provides advice and recommendations to the FAA on rulemaking activity, such as aircraft operations, airman and air agency certification and airworthiness standards. In 2014, Sito was appointed to the IAM National Pension Fund’s (IAMNPF) Board of Trustees.

United Airlines Holdings (200)

Age: 64 St. Louis, MO Nationality:

GEORGE PAZ Former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Express

George Paz was Non-Executive Chairman of Express Scripts Holding Company (Express Scripts), a prescription benefit management company, from May 2016 to December 2018 and served as Chairman and CEO of Express Scripts from 2006 to 2016 after being appointed CEO in 2005. He also served as President of Express Scripts from 2003 to 2014 and as a director from 2004 to 2018. He joined Express Scripts in 1998 as SVP and CFO. Prior to joining Express Scripts, Paz was a partner at Coopers and Lybrand from 1988 to 1993 and 1996 to 1998 and served as EVP and CFO for Life Partners Group from 1993 to 1995.

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Prudential Financial (55), Honeywell International (94)

Age: 50 Atlanta, GA Nationality:

BEATRIZ "BEA" PEREZ Senior Vice President & Executive Officer, The CocaCola Company


Perez aligns a diverse portfolio of work against critical business objectives to support brands, communities, consumers and partners worldwide. During her tenure of more than two decades at that company, she has held several leadership roles while garnering significant experience in marketing and sustainability programs. Perez also has experience in corporate governance matters and serves as a director of another publicly traded company, with additional responsibilities including a compensation committee assignment. Perez is a strong advocate for community service, serving on various nonprofit boards, including The Coca Cola Foundation.

W.W. Grainger (258), Primerica (909)

New addition to the 2021 Latino Leaders' Board List

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Age: 53 Atlanta, GA Nationality:

JUAN R PEREZ Chief Information and Engineering Officer, UPS Boards

Perez is responsible for all technology and engineering functions. He was appointed to his current role in 2017 after having served as CIO since 2016. Previously, Perez was VP of Technology. Through different rotations in that role. His career has included assignments in Operations, Industrial Engineering, Process Management, and Technology in Corporate, U.S., and International business units. He currently manages a budget of over $6 billion between Engineering and IT. His Engineering responsibilities include Industrial, Buildings and Systems, and Automotive Engineering. Juan holds a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering and an MS in Computer and Manufacturing Engineering, from the University of Southern California.

Hershey Co. (370)

Age: 63 Baton Rouge, LA Nationality:

SONIA PEREZ President-Southeast States, AT&T Boards

Sonia leads AT&T’s workforce, oversees operations including its technology deployment and infrastructure investment, and directs teams responsible for implementing public policy, legislative, regulatory and philanthropic initiatives. Prior to this position, Pérez was named the first female president of AT&T Louisiana in 2010, having previously worked in various management capacities at AT&T in Houston and McAllen, Texas. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, and is past chair of the state’s business roundtable, the Committee of 100. Pérez is also a member of the board of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

Sanderson Farms (662)

Age: 56 Miami, FL Nationality:

SANTIAGO PEREZ Senior Advisor, Arsenal Capital Partners Boards

Prior to Arsenal, Perez served as Chief Commercial Digital Officer & Senior Vice President U.S. Services & Solutions at Schneider Electric from 2017 to 2020. He also held several leadership roles at Johnson Controls between 1999 and 2016. These included VP & General Manager Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America, where he led the company’s sales, distribution, contracting and service operations, as well as VP Global Business Lines & Operations, leading the company’s global supply chain, product management, development and engineering. Prior to this he held various of positions in Thermo Fisher Scientific from 1997 to 1999, in United Technologies between 1991 and 1997, and with The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company from 1985 to 1989. He has nearly 35 years of sales, product management and service operations experience in high-tech industries, including the energy, building automation and industrial automation sectors.

Itron, Inc. (919)

Age: 65 Southfield, MI Nationality:

LAREE PEREZ Investment Consultant, DeRoy & Devereaux LATINO LEADERS JULY / AUGUST 2021



Perez is an investment consultant with DeRoy & Devereaux, an independent investment adviser, where she has provided client consulting services since 2015. She was previously Owner and Managing Partner of The Medallion Company, a consulting firm, from 2003 to 2015. From 1996 until 2002, she was VP of Loomis, Sayles & Company. Perez was co-founder of Medallion Investment Company, Inc. and served as President and CEO from 1991 until it was acquired by Loomis Sayles in 1996. Perez was previously a Director of GenOn Energy, Inc., a large power producer in the United States, where she was Chair of its Audit Committee and a member of its Risk and Finance Oversight Committee. Perez earned a Bachelor's degree from Baylor University in Finance and Economics.

Martin Marietta Materials (546)

Age: 64 Hollywood, FL Nationality:

MANUEL J PEREZ DE LA MESA Investor & Board Director Boards

Perez de la Mesa was President and CEO of Pool Corporation, from 2001 until his retirement in 2018; from 1999 to 2001 he served as the President and COO. He now serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. Manny is also Lead Director of BCPE Empire Topco, Inc., the parent company of Imperial Dade; Lead Director of BCPE Ulysses Investor, LP, the parent company of USLBM; Chairman of Bution Holdings 1, Llc., the parent company of ORS Medco; a board member of Advanced Drainage Systems, Hamilton HoldCo, LLC, the U.S. subsidiary of the Reece Ltd.

Pool (624), Advanced Drainage Systems

New addition to the 2021 Latino Leaders' Board List

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Age: 65 Indianapolis, IN Nationality:

RAMIRO PERU Retired Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Phelps Dodge Corporation


Peru’s positions included technology experience as SVP at Phelps Dodge with responsibility for managing both information systems and technology and human resources. He served on the former WellPoint Health Networks, Inc. board of directors from 2003 until its merger in 2004. During the second half of 2007, he was EVP and CFO of Swift Corporation (transportation) and prior to that was EVP and CFO of Phelps Dodge Corporation (mining and manufacturing) from 1999 to 2007 (“Phelps Dodge”). He joined Phelps Dodge in 1979 and held various finance and accounting positions with Phelps Dodge and its affiliates. Peru has served as a director of SM Energy Company (oil and gas exploration and production company) since 2014, UNS Energy Corporation (electric and gas utility holding company), a subsidiary of Fortis Inc. (utility holding company), since 2007 and Bluemedia, Inc. (large format printer) since 2018.

Anthem (23), SM Energy Company, UNS Energy Corporation, Bluemedia, Inc.

Age: 53 Brazil Nationality:

ANA PAULA PESSOA Director & Partner, Kunumi AI Boards

Kunumi AI is a leading artificial intelligence start-up in Brazil. She has been an independent board member and member of the audit committee of News Corporation, NY, since 2013. Pessoa was CFO of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games from 2015 to 2017. She served as Founder and Managing Director of Brunswick São Paulo from 2012 to 2015. She founded and was Chair of Neemu Internet, which was sold in 2015 to Linx SA.. She was CFO of infoglobo Comunicações from 2001-2011, and before that held several executive positions in the Globo Organizations since 1993. Ana Paula worked for the World Bank in DC and The United Nations Devenlopment Programme in New York and Benin, West Africa.

News Corp. (337)

Age: 57 Pasadena, CA Nationality:

PEDRO J PIZARRO President & Chief Executive Officer, Edison International Boards

Pedro is president and CEO as well as a directorof Edison International, the parent company of electric utility Southern California Edison and global energy advisor Edison Energy. Previously, he was president of Edison Mission Energy, an independent power producer subsidiary, became president of SCE in October 2014. Pizarro was formerly a senior engagement manager with McKinsey & Company. He earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from Caltech and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Harvard. Pizarro is a vice chair for the Edison Electric Institute, the immediate past chair of Electric Power Research Institute and a board member of Argonne National Laboratory, Caltech and the Analysis and Resilience Center for Systemic Risk.

Edison International (226)

Age: 60 New York, NY Nationality:




Portalatin served as President and CEO of Mercer, a business of Marsh & McLennan that delivers advice and technology-driven solutions to help organizations meet the health, wealth and career needs of their workforces in more than 140 countries. Before joining Mercer in 2012, he spent 20 years at AIG, where he held many senior positions. He actively supports several nonprofit organizations and currently sits on the Board of Covenant House International, which works with homeless youth. Portalatin received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and honorary doctorate from Hofstra University and is a member of its Board of Trustees.

State Street (252)

Age: 65 Chicago, IL Nationality:

JOSE LUIS PRADO Chairman Tropicale Foods & Vice-Chairman Evans Food Group


From 2016 and until 2019 he was Chairman and CEO of Evans Foods Group. Prado is also Former President of Quaker Oats North America, a $2.7 Billion division of PepsiCo, Inc. Before Quaker he was President from 2002 to 2010 of Gamesa Quaker, HQ in Mexico with more than 15K associates and revenues of +1.5 Billion. The first Mexican to lead a major PepsiCo business in NA, Prado retired from PepsiCo in 2014 after a distinguished career of 30 years, 6 countries and two continents including Leadership and General Management responsibilities in Mexico, Spain, Caribbean, Andean and South Cone in Latin America. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Cum Laude), Master of Science in Systems and Planning and Master of Business Administration, all in Mexico.

Hormel Foods (317), Northern Trust (443) New addition to the 2021 Latino Leaders' Board List

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NORMA ANN PROVENCIO President, Provencio Advisory Services, Inc. Boards

Provencio has 30 years of financial consulting experience. She was with Arthur Andersen for 23 years and was the Partner-inCharge of its Pacific Southwest Healthcare Practice from 1996 to 2002. She joined KPMG in May 2002 and was the Partner-inCharge of its Pacific Southwest Healthcare Practice until she resigned her partnership in September 2003 and formed Provencio Advisory Services. Norma was responsible for the audit, business consulting, and tax practices at Andersen and KPMG. Since 1983 Norma has worked exclusively with healthcare organizations including serving the business advisory needs of hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, physician groups, and managed care organizations. Norma received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Loyola Marymount University. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in California.




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Beazer Homes USA. (931)

Age: 60 San Francisco, CA Nationality:

JUAN PUJADAS Retired Principal, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Boards

Pujadas served as vice chairman, Global Advisory Services, of PwC International from 2008 to 2016 and leader of PwC’s U.S. firm Advisory Practice from 2003 to 2009. He held several other senior management positions at PwC, including as a Managing Partner for Strategy and leader of the Global Risk Management Solutions practice for the Americas. Before joining PwC, Pujadas was the chief risk officer of Santander Investment from 1995 to 1998. Before joining Santander, Pujadas was a principal in the Capital Markets and Treasury Group of PwC’s U.S. firm financial services industry practice. He received a Bachelor of Science in Economics (BSE) in Finance and a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Applied Science/Technology, with a concentration in Computer Science, from the University of Pennsylvania.

Wells Fargo (37)

Age: 61 Houston, TX Nationality:

JULIO M QUINTANA Former CEO, Tesco Corp. Boards

Quintana served as the President and CEO of Tesco Corporation, from 2005 until his retirement in 2015, and served on Tesco’s Board of Directors from 2004 to 2015. Prior to his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer, Quintana served as Executive Vice President and CEO at Tesco beginning in 2004. Prior to his tenure at Tesco, he worked for five years in various executive roles for Schlumberger Corporation. Prior to Schlumberger, he worked for nearly 20 years for Unocal Corporation, an integrated E&P company, in various operational and managerial roles.

Newmont Corp (273), SM Energy

Age: 48 Dallas, TX Nationality:

ENRIQUE RAMIREZ MENA General Manger / Managing Director, Pizza Hut Latino America & Iberia

Six Flags

Age: 64 Alpharetta, GA Nationality:

DAVID A. RAMON Manging Partner, Vaduz Partners LLC. Boards

Ramon has served as a director of Generac since 2010. He has more than 30 years of broad management, operations, and investment experience with both established and emerging companies. From 2014 to 2018, Ramon served as Chairman and CEO of Diversified Maintenance, a specialized cleaning and maintenance services corporation. He co-founded Vaduz Partners in 1998, a private investment firm for which he continues to serve as a Managing Partner. From 2000 through 2007, he was also President, CEO, and director of USA.NET, Inc. From 1997 to 1998, he was President of the Coleman Outdoor Recreation Group. From 1994 to 1997, he held various senior management positions including President and CEO of New World Television, Inc. and director of New World Communications Group, Inc. From 1982 to 1994, Ramon served as the Executive Vice President and CFO of Gillett Holdings, Inc.

Generac Holdings



Enrique joined Pizza Hut in 2010 as VP of Finance and was promoted to CFO of Pizza Hut U.S. in 2011. In 2014, he was promoted to Global CFO of Pizza Hut, focusing on leading and driving the development of strategic initiatives and financial decisions for the Pizza Hut brand. In 2016, he took on additional responsibility for the Development function for Pizza Hut globally, and led a significant acceleration of international unit development through both organic growth and M&A. In 2019 he took on the additional role of General Manager of Pizza Hut LatAm & Iberia business unit. Ramirez is an 18-year veteran of the retail industry with various roles of the areas of Finance, Marketing, Strategy, Product Development, Operations and Real Estate. His career includes eight years with FedEx Kinko’s, two years with The Boston Consulting Group and three years in Investment Banking with Santander Investment Securities.

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Age: N/A Raleigh-Durham, NC Nationality:

DOROTHY F RAMONEDA CIO Governing Body Member, Evanta Boards

Ramoneda previously served as CIO and Vice President of Information Technology and Telecommunications at Progress Energy. With more than 35 years of technology experience, Ramoneda has led the continued development of innovative, robust, and secure information technology environments, giving her an in-depth understanding of the challenges and opportunities within ScanSource's technologies, as well as the perspective for many of the Company's customers and supplier partners.

ScanSource (655)

Age: 52 Miami, FL Nationality:

MAURICIO RAMOS Chief Executive Officer, Millicom Boards

Ramos joined Millicom in 2015 as CEO and was elected as an Executive Director of the Millicom Board in June 2020. Since then he has pioneered a variety of initiatives, most notably transforming the company into a fixed internet and mobile business with a strong focus on Latin America. In 2018 he led the acquisition of Cable Onda, the Group’s first asset in Panama, and followed in 2019 with the acquisition of Telefonica’s mobile subsidiaries in Panama and Nicaragua. Before joining Millicom, he was President of Liberty Global’s Latin American division, a position he held from 2006 until 2015. During his career at Liberty Global, Mauricio held several leadership roles, including positions as Chairman and CEO of VTR in Chile, CFO of Liberty’s Latin American division, and President of Liberty Puerto Rico.

Charter Communications (64)

Age: 55 Des Moines, Iowa Nationality:

DARREN M REBELEZ President and Chief Executive Officer, Casey’s Boards

Casey’s, is a F500 company operating over 2,300 convenience stores throughout the Midwest and South. He's the CEO of the third largest convenience retailer and fifth largest pizza chain. Prior to Casey’s, Rebelez served as the President of IHOP Restaurants, a unit of Dine Brands Global, Inc., (Applebee’s Grill & Bar and IHOP brands). He worked at 7-Eleven as Executive Vice President and COO.  Before 7-Eleven, he held numerous leadership roles within ExxonMobil, and before at Thornton Oil Corporation.  Preceding his civilian career, Darren was an Army Ranger and Gulf War veteran.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Area Studies.  He went on to also earn an MBA from the University of Houston.

Casey's General Stores (371), Globe Life (544)

Age: 68 Atlanta, GA Nationality:




Retired in 2011 as a Regional Administrator (since 2008) of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He has extensive experience in the nuclear field and has held senior leadership positions with the NRC. He joined the NRC in 1978 where he held progressively more responsible leadership roles before being named executive director of operations in 2004, where he managed the agency’s day-to-day operations relating to the safe use of radioactive materials for beneficial civilian purposes while protecting people and the environment. He also served as regional administrator for NRC Region II, overseeing all new commercial nuclear power plant construction in the United States as well as safety and operating plant inspections in the southeast United States. Reyes received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and his Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico.

FirstEnergy Corp. (294)

Age: N/A Glendale, CA Nationality:

JOHN REYES Retired Chief Financial Officer, Public Storage Boards

Edward John Reyes was the CFO and Senior Vice President of Public Storage, Public Storage since 1996. He also served as a Vice President of Public Storage Canadian Properties. He joined Public Storage Inc. in 1990. John served as Controller of Public Storage Inc., from 1992 to 1996. From 1983 to 1990, he was employed by Ernst & Young. Reyes is a Certified Public Accountant.

Public Storage (762)

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Your commitment, leadership, and unique perspective have helped make us who we are today. Thank you for your service on our Board of Directors and congratulations on Latino Leaders Magazine’s acknowledgement of your accomplishments.

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Age: 69 Monterrey, Mexico Nationality:

JOSÉ OCTAVIO REYES LAGUNES Former Vice Chairman, The Coca-Cola Export

Reyes held several executive positions at The Coca-Cola Company ( 1980- 2014) including President, Latin America Group; President, Coca-Cola de México; manager of strategic planning, Coca-Cola de México; manager, Sprite and Diet Coke brands. He has a global perspective and regulatory experiences to the Board. His experience as a beverage industry brand manager in North America and Latin America and as a director of public ocmpanies in the beverage industry provides teh Boards with strong consumer insight and an extensive background in sustainability.

Corporation, The Coca-Cola Company


Mastercard (201)

Age: 56 Milwaukee, WI Nationality:

VICENTE REYNAL Chief Executive Officer, Ingersoll Rand Boards

Prior to Ingersoll Rand, he served as CEO of Gardner Denver since 2016. He joined Gardner Denver in 2015 as the CEO of its Industrials Segment. Before joining Gardner Denver, Reynal spent 11 years at Danaher Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of professional, medical, industrial and commercial product and services. He also held various other executive positions at Danaher Corp, including president of the Ormco business, president of the Pelton & Crane, KaVo business and VP Global Operations for the Danaher Motion Platform. He holds a B of S in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and Master of Science in both mechanical engineering and technology and policy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ingersoll Rand (533)

Age: 61 Sao Paulo, Brazil Nationality:

SERGIO RIAL Chief Executive Officer, Banco Santander Brasil Boards

Rial has been Chief Executive Officer since January 2016 of Banco Santander Brasil, a subsidiary of Banco Santander. He served as Chairman of Banco Santander Brasil from February 2015 until January 2016. From 2012 to February 2015, He was Chief Executive Officer of Marfrig Global Foods, one of the world’s largest meat companies with operations in Brazil and 15 other countries. Prior to joining Marfrig in 2012, Rial served in various leadership capacities with Cargill, Inc., a Minneapolis-based global provider of food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services. At Cargill, Rial served as Chief Financial Officer from 2009 to 2011 and Executive Vice President from 2011 to 2012. He was also a member of Cargill’s board of directors from 2010 to 2012. From 2002 to 2004, was a senior managing director and co-head of the Investment Banking Division at Bear Stearns & Co. in New York after serving at ABN AMRO Bank for 18 years.

Delta Air Lines (178)

Age: N/A Billerica, MA Nationality:

MARIA RIVAS Chief Medical Officer & Senior Vice President, EMD Serono Inc.




She has extensive experience in driving growth and commercialization strategies, global operations, digital transformation, and crisis and risk management in highly regulated industries. She was SVP of Global Medical Affairs at Merck & Co, VP of Global Medical Affairs, Abbvie, as VP of Oncology, General Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging Medical Affairs at Bayer Healthcare, and various roles at Eli Lilly including Head of US Women’s Health Medical Affairs. Before Eli Lilly, Rivas was in private practice in Puerto Rico. She served as a board director at Medidata, until its successful M&A to Dassault Systemes. She obtained a BA in Biochemistry from Brandeis University, Waltham, MA and an MD from Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Endocrinology at NY-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY.

Cooper Companies (853)

Age: 57 Miami, FL Nationality:

SERGIO D RIVERA Independent Director Boards

Former CEO of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. He previously served as CEO and President of the Vacation Ownership segment of ILG, Inc. from 2016 to 2018. He is also the former President of The Americas for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., a position he held from 2012 to 2016, and CEO and President of Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., formerly a wholly-owned subsidiary of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., a position he held from 2007 to 2016. Rivera served in a variety of capacities with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. since 1998.

Welltower (561)

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DaVita celebrates our Board Members Paul J. Diaz & Javier Rodriguez for being named among Latino Leaders Magazine’s Annual Latinos on Boards.

Paul J. Diaz


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Age: 57 Santa Clara, CA Nationality:

SANDRA RIVERA Executive Vice President & General Manager of the Datacenter and AI Group, Intel Corporation.


She leads Intel’s development of leadership data center products for a cloud-based world, including Intel® Xeon® and field programmable gate array products. She also drives the company’s overall artificial intelligence strategy and product roadmap. Before, she led Intel’s Human Resources organization and was responsible for driving greater business results through a culture which embraces diversity and inclusion. Previously, Rivera led Intel’s fast-growing networking business and was the executive sponsor for the company’s 5G strategy and product roadmap. Rivera joined Intel in 2000 as a marketing director after the acquisition of Dialogic Corporation. Before joining Intel, Rivera co-founded and served as president of The CTI Authority, and served as president of the computer telephony division at Catalyst Telecom. Rivera holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Equinix (461)

Age: 59 Atlanta, GA Nationality:

ALFREDO RIVERA President of the North America Operating Unit, The Coca-Cola Company


Rivera has been in this position since 2020. His role helps lead the company's transformation to emerge stronger as a total beverage company, enabled by a globally-networked organization. He has been a veteran of the global Coca-Cola system for 35 years and joined The Coca-Cola Co. in 1997. Prior to his current role he was President, Latin America from 2016-2020, President, Latin Center Business Unit from 2013-2016, VP of Operations Mexico from 2006-2012 and prior to 2006 held other global positions with Coca-Cola. Rivera has executive level experience in accounting and finance, consumer (retail), international, marketing, strategic planning, sustainability/ESG, and technology. Bachelor's degree and MBA from the University of Southern Mississippi; and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Principal Financial Group (206)

Age: 51 Denver, CO Nationality:

JAVIER RODRIGUEZ Chief Executive Officer, DaVita Inc. Boards

Rodriguez is an experienced leader committed to transforming care delivery for patients with kidney disease—from the earliest stages of the disease through transplantation. He is passionate about accelerating the digital transformation and delivering customized care to each patient while lowering costs for the health care system. In more than 20 years with DaVita, he has continued fostering a powerful sense of inclusivity and community among teammates and patients. Since joining the company in 1998, Rodriguez has served in a number of capacities, including leading kidney care operations and payor contracting. Prior to joining DaVita, he worked in finance for Baxter Healthcare Corporation and in operations for CBS Marketing Inc. in Mexico City. Rodriguez earned a master’s degree from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from Boston College.

Gilead Sciences Inc. (140), DaVita’s

Age: 64 El Paso, TX Nationality:

EDUARDO A RODRIGUEZ President, Strategic Communication Consulting Group LATINO LEADERS JULY / AUGUST 2021



Eduardo previously served as executive vice president and as a member of the board of directorsof Hunt Building Corporation, a privately held company engaged in construction and realestate development headquartered in El Paso, Texas. Prior to his three years with Hunt BuildingCorporation, Eduardo spent 20 years in the electric utility industry at El Paso Electric Company,a publicly traded, investor-owned utility, where he served in various senior-level executivepositions, including general counsel, senior vice president for customer and corporate services,executive vice president, and as chief operating officer.

Oneok (351)

Age: 60 Long Beach, CA Nationality:

DONALD RODRIGUEZ Chief Executive Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Long

While at Boys & Girls Clubs, Don has grown the Clubs quite extensively, and the organization has gone from three to twelve sites. He has also expanded the reach within the community and stakeholders. He has been on the Farmers Insurance Group Board of Governors for over 20 years, is past Chair of Farmers Board of Governors, past Chair of Farmers Truck Board, current Vice Chair of Farmers Fire Board, and is a member of the Claims Committee of Farmers Insurance and is on the board of APGA.



Farmers Insurance Exchange (256)

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New Jersey

CARLOS A RODRIGUEZ President & Chief Executive Officer, ADP Boards

During his tenure, ADP has nearly doubled the number of clients using its cloud-based services. Additionally, its Professional Employer Organization, ADP TotalSource®, business has nearly doubled the number of client employees served, putting it on par with the nation’s largest private sector employers. After joining ADP in 1999 through its acquisition of Vincam, he held a series of positions with increasing responsibilities before becoming CEO. He served as President of TotalSource, which became the fastest-growing and largest PEO in the industry under his leadership. He also served as President of the National Account Services and Employer Services International divisions, which serve large companies, and spent several years as President of the Small Business Services (SBS) division. Rodriguez holds MBA and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Harvard University.




Age: 56

Automatic Data Processing (208)

Age: N/A New York, NY Nationality:

JESSICA RODRIGUEZ President & Chief Operating Officer, UCI Networks &

Named COO of UCI Networks in 2018, overseeing all programming, acquisitions, production and marketing operations for the Spanish-language media giant. She has spearheaded some of the Company’s most high-profile, award-winning campaigns as well as strategic partnerships with programmers and media partners, including an unprecedented deal with Netflix. As CMO, she leads an award-winning team driving audience engagement and culture across all linear and digital platforms. Jessica has risen the corporate ladder since joining Univision in 2000 as an intern while at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Chief Marketing Officer, Univision Communicaions Inc.


Burlington Stores (471)

Age: 62 Winston-Salem, NC Nationality:

JOSE R RODRIGUEZ Former Audit Partner, KPMG LLP Boards

Rodríguez, a CPA, was an audit partner at KPMG LLP from 1995 until his retirement on 2021. During his time with KPMG, he held various leadership positions, including Partner in Charge and Executive Director of KPMG’s Audit Committee Institute from 2016 to 2021, member of KPMG US’s board of directors from 2006 to 2011, including the role as Lead Director and Ombudsman responsible for leading the firm’s internal regulatory investigations. He also served as COO for KPMG’s Global Audit Practice from 2012 to 2015 and Office Managing Partner for the firm’s Global Service Center from 2013 to 2015.

Primoris Services (673), Popular (815), CareMax, Inc

Age: 53 McLean, VA Nationality:

HORACIO ROZANSKI President and Chief Executive Officer, Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp., Children’s National Medical Center, CARE, Marriott International

Age: 52 Boston, MA Nationality:

ISRAEL RUIZ Treasurer & Executive Vice President at Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Ruiz arrived at MIT as a master’s student in the MIT Sloan School of Management. After completing his degree in 2001, he became a consultant to MIT, serving former president Charles Vest and former provost Robert Brown. In 2002, Ruiz formally joined MIT as manager of financial planning and analysis, becoming associate director of the Office of Budget and Financial Planning in 2003. He was named director of finance in 2005, leading an Institute-wide rebalancing that several years later yielded the first balanced general unrestricted budget in 15 years. He was named vice president for finance in 2007. Ruiz became MIT’s executive vice president and treasurer in 2011. Ruiz led the development of The Engine, an accelerator for “tough tech” entrepreneurs from MIT and across the Boston area.

FM Global (423)



As president and CEO of Booz Allen Hamilton, has led the firm through a strategic transformation, investing in innovation, advanced technology, and highly skilled talent, and reshaping its portfolio toward mission-critical solutions for government clients and Fortune 500 corporations, a differentiation that has driven significant revenue and earnings growth in recent years. Rozanski is a respected authority and leader in the consulting industry with expertise in business strategy, technology and operations, talent and diversity, and the future of technology and consulting. Born and raised in Argentina, Rozanski originally came to the United States to attend college. He holds a B.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

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Age: 64 Plano, TX Nationality:

ANGEL A RUIZ Chairman North America Ericsson, Boards

Past President & CEO for Ericsson, Inc. and MediaKind. He previously was Head-North American Region at Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson. Ruiz has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Central Florida and a Master’s degree in Management Science and Information Systems from John Hopkins University.

Liberty Mutual Insurance Group (71), MediaKind

Age: 50 Rogers, AK Nationality:

GISEL RUIZ Independent Director Boards

Gisel, most recently served as EVP & COO of Sam’s West, Inc. She is currently on the board of advisors at Santa Clara University serving the Retail Management Institute. Ruiz served on the board of directors of Walmart de Mexico from October 2016 to May 2019. She also held multiple positions at Walmart, Inc., both in the U.S. and international business segments, from 1992 through February 2017, including executive roles from 2010 to February 2017. Ruiz received her B.S. in Marketing, Retail Management from Santa Clara University

Univision Communications (830), Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (833), Vital Farms, Inc

Age: 68 Tucson, AZ Nationality:

JOAQUIN RUIZ Dean, College of Science and Professor, Geochemistry, The University of Arizona


In 2018, Ruiz was named a Mexicanos Distinguidos, by the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs in Mexico and honored with Geological Society of America's Public Service Award. Ruiz was honored in 2010 by Mexico’s president as an outstanding Mexican researcher, one of the first Mexican scholars living abroad to be so recognized. He is also a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. He was president of the Geological Society of America for 2010-11. He joined the geosciences department in 1983, was named department head in 1995, dean of the College of Science in 2000, executive dean in 2008 and vice president of innovation and strategy in 2013. Ruiz’s lab discovered in 2002 that more than 40 percent of the world’s gold is 3 billion years old.

UNS Energy Corporation

Age: 66 California Nationality:




Francesa served as Director of OfficeMax Incorporated from 1998 to 2013. From 1999 to 2000,she served as the COO of Mattel Interactive, a business unit of Mattel, Inc. Previously, she served Mattel as its EVP, Worldwide Business Planning andResources, (1997-1999), and as CFO (1995-1997). Since leaving Mattel in 2000, she has been working as an independent business development consultant. From 2002 until 2005, she was also a director of Providian Financial Corporation. Since 2012, she has been a director of SCAN Health Plan, a not-for-profit Medicare Advantage health plan, and in 2017, she became Chairman of its Board. Also in 2017, she joined the board of the SCAN Foundation and also served since 2015 as a director of SuperValu, Inc., a retail grocery store chain.

ODP Corp. (312)

Age: 49 Las Vegas, NV Nationality:

CARLOS RUIZSANCHEZ Founding Partner, Sorelle Capital Boards

Carlos is a finance and entertainment executive with more than 25 years of experience. He served as the president and CFO and a director of Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. an owner and operator of gaming, hospitality and entertainment businesses, from 2016 through its 2018 acquisition by Penn National Gaming, Inc. Prior to becoming president in 2013, he served as executive vice president since 2008 and executive vice president of strategic planning and development from 2008 to 2011. Before joining Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc., Ruisanchez was senior managing director at Bear Stearns & Co., Inc. As senior managing director of Bear, Stearns & Co., he was responsible for corporate clients in the gaming, lodging and leisure industries, as well as financial sponsor banking relationships.

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

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Celebrating the power of

diverse leadership At U.S. Bank, we understand the tremendous value that diverse voices bring to both our company and our communities. Since 2012, Roland Hernandez has exemplified that value as a member of our board of directors. Roland’s strong leadership and expertise have helped shape the way we do business and enriched the experiences of the customers we serve. We recognize his profound impact, and we’re proud that others do too.

Congratulations to Roland and all the directors honored by Latino Leaders Magazine.

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Age: 69 New York, NY Nationality:

PATRICIA SALAS PINEDA Former Toyota Motor North America, Inc. General Counsel & Group Vice President


Pineda has, 30 years of experience as a senior executive at Toyota, first at the start-up joint venture between General Motors and Toyota, New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. and then at Toyota Motor North America, Inc. from which she retired at the end of 2016. During her career, Pineda served as General Counsel and Group Vice President, overseeing legal, board governance, corporate communications, human resources, government and environmental affairs, philanthropy, corporate advertising, diversity and inclusion, and Hispanic business strategies. Pineda received her B.A. in Government at Mills College and her J.D. at Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley. She also completed the Toyota Executive Program at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

Levi Strauss (580), Frontier Airlines

Age: 66 Mexico City, Mexico Nationality:

KENNETH "KEN" SALAZAR US Ambassador to Mexico Boards

Salazar has served as United States Secretary of the Interior, United States Senator, and Colorado Attorney General. He is currently a partner at WilmerHale, a top-rated American law firm with offices throughout the United States, Europe and China. Salazar started the Denver office for WilmerHale in 2013. He has been admitted to practice law in state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Secretary Salazar represents leading American companies in complex federal and state regulatory matters concerning consumer protection, antitrust, and privacy matters. He also represents clients as a legal and policy expert on energy, environment, natural resources, and Native American matters. In the summer of 2021 he was confirmed by the Senate to be the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.

Target (30)

Age: 54 Santa Monica, CA Nationality:

JUAN SALDIVAR Chief Digital, Strategy and Accountability Officer, Entravision


He is in this position since November 2020. He has also served on Entravision’s Board of Directors since 2014. He is the founder of JSW Servicios de Estrategia SC and has held several positions at Televisa Corporación, S.A. de C.V. (“Televisa”), serving as president of Televisa Interactive Media and as Director of Planning and Strategy of Televisa Multimedia. Before joining Televisa, Saldívar was the founder and Country Manager of in Mexico. He is a Partner at Rise Capital and currently serves on the boards of directors of Grupo Diniz SA de CV and Travesías Editores SA de CV. He holds a degree in economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and an MBA from the IESE Business School in Spain.


Age: 52 Oklahoma City, OK Nationality:




She sets the strategic direction for SONIC and is responsible for overseeing the brand’s marketing, operations, and supply chain teams. She is also responsible for the growth and success of SONIC’s company-owned restaurants as well as the brand’s relationship with its franchise community. San Pedro joined SONIC in 2006 as vice president of investor relations and treasurer. She was promoted to EVP and CFO in 2015, and was responsible for SONIC’s financial planning practices, as well as the brand’s relationship with lending institutions, shareholders, and the financial community. Prior to joining SONIC, she served as the director for the Oklahoma Office of State Finance (OSF). Appointed by Governor Brad Henry in 2005, San Pedro was the first female and first Hispanic to serve as director of state finance for Oklahoma.

BOK Financial (936)

Age: 56 Miami, FL Nationality:

ROBERT SANCHEZ CEO Ryder System Boards

Over the course of nearly 30 years at Ryder, Sanchez has held many senior executive leadership positions: president and COO, CFO, president of Fleet Management Solutions (FMS), CIO, SVP of Transportation Management within Supply Chain Solutions, and VP of Asset Management. He has been a member of the Executive Leadership Team since 2003. In earlier roles, Sanchez played a key part in implementing the strategies which drove an improvement in the return of capital and earnings of the company. Since 2012, he has led the development and execution of Ryder’s growth strategy. Before he held positions at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft and Florida Power & Light. Sanchez earned his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Finance and Strategic Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Miami.

Ryder System (354), Texas Instruments (222) New addition to the 2021 Latino Leaders' Board List

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ADALIO SANCHEZ President, S Group Advisory, LLC Boards

ACI Worldwide, Inc., Avnet, Inc. (168),Snap One Holdings Corp.,The MITRE Corporation

A veteran with a successful twenty-year track record of transforming and profitably growing many complex multi-billion dollar global businesses. Formerly SVP and Corporate Officer at Lenovo Group Limited, where he was responsible for Lenovo’s $5B enterprise systems, storage, and data center technologies business, including product development, marketing, sales, operations, and overall financial performance. Prior to joining Lenovo, Sanchez spent 32 years at IBM Corporation in various senior executive officer and global general management roles. He ran two IBM divisions in the enterprise segment with total annual revenues of $6 billion. In earlier roles, he was Vice President of IBM Corporate Strategy, and before GM of IBM’s Microelectronics division. Sanchez began his IBM career in 1982 as a hard disk development engineer on the company’s second personal computer system at its Boca Raton, FL site.


Naples, FL Nationality:


Age: 62

Age: N/A New York, NY Nationality:

MONIQUE SANCHEZ Director Global Agencies, Google Boards

Monique Sanchez has nearly 30 years corporate experience, with over with over 21 years in the digital advertising industry with a deep expertise in selling advertising technologies and media solutions to global agencies, marketers, and publishers. Since 2008, she has held senior sales and business development roles at Google, including most recently as Director Agency Sales Development, where she is responsible for leading an agency development team focused on driving revenue growth across Google’s largest market and U.S. clients and agency holding companies. Previously, she held business development roles at DoubleClick, which was acquired by Google in 2008. She received her B.A. degree from Syracuse University.

A-Mark Precious Metals (495)

Age: 57 Stamford, CT Nationality:

Since January 2007, Sanchez has engaged in the private practice of law, representing individual and business clients in a variety of non-litigation areas. He was a full member of the Board of Ethics of the City of Stamford, CT, which he was appointed to by the mayor in 2012. Sanchez served as a director of Starz from 2013 until 2016.

DANIEL E SANCHEZ Attorney Boards

Discovery Inc. (290)

Age: 62 Tampa, FL & Washington, DC Nationality:

FRANCISCO J SANCHEZ Senior Managing Director, Pt Capital & Chairman, CEO, CNS Global Consulting

Archer Daniels Midland (51)

Age: 58 Houston, TX Nationality:

MANUEL (MANOLO) SÁNCHEZ RODRIGUEZ Founder, Adelante Ventures LLC Boards

Founder of Adelante Ventures LLC, and Founder Advisor to Spring Labs Inc. He was the President and CEO of Compass Bank, Inc. a U.S. subsidiary of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (“BBVA”), from 2008 to 2017. He also served as a member of BBVA’s worldwide Executive Committee and was BBVA’s Country Manager for U.S. operations from 2010 to 2017. Sánchez joined BBVA in 1990 and served in a number of other roles prior to becoming President and CEO of Compass Bank in 2008, including as Senior Executive Vice President of Community Banking in 2008, President and CEO of Laredo National Bank (then newly-acquired by BBVA) from 2005 to 2008, and Chief Risk Officer for BBVA Bancomer in Mexico City from 2002 to 2005.

Fannie Mae (25), Stewart Information Services (898)



He has a long and distinguished career in the public and private sectors. He served as the U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Trade until 2013, appointed by President Obama in 2009 . As Under Secretary, Sánchez led the International Trade Administration in its efforts to improve the global business environment by helping U.S. businesses compete abroad. As one of the architects of Obama's National Export Initiative. He directed programs and policies that promote and protect the competitiveness of American businesses. During the Clinton Administration, Sánchez served as the assistant secretary for aviation and international affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Before, he served in the White House as a special assistant to former President Bill Clinton, and chief of staff to the Special Envoy to the Americas.

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Age: 61 New Jersey Nationality:

DEBRA SANDLER Independent Board Director Boards

Archer Daniels Midland (51), Dollar General (91), Keuring Dr. Pepper (267), Gannett (683), Phamavite

Debra is a visionary global C-level executive with strong marketing and operating management experience. She has built and led multi-million dollar new business platforms in non-traditional channels; led start-ups and brand innovations; launched mega brands, developed award-winning big idea campaigns and led multi-billion dollar businesses. Her experience in the boardroom gives her a unique perspective on the recruiting process. In 2017 Sandler founded Mavis Foods, LLC, which successfully launched Bazodee®- a line of Caribbean gourmet sauces and marinades. At Johnson & Johnson she was the Worldwide President of McNeil Nutritionals and led the launch of Splenda®. Debra holds an undergraduate degree in International Business from Hofstra University, an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business, and an Honorary PhD from the Long Island University School of Pharmacy.

Age: 68 San Juan, PR Nationality:

ROBERTO SANTA MARIA ROS President, Fundacion Angel Ramos Boards

Santa María, was Managing Partner of the San Juan Office of Pwc, until his retirement in 2012. He was appointed Managing Partner of the San Juan office in July 2004, giving him responsibility for all lines of service of the Firm. Also at the same time he had responsibility for several audit clients. Under his leadership, PricewaterhouseCoopers became the largest firm in Puerto Rico with the largest market share of public clients. His professional experience included clients in the manufacturing, food distribution, pharmaceuticals and technology. It also included several clients in the banking and insurance industries, although to a lesser extent.

Triple-S Management (648)

Age: 49 Wilmerding, PA Nationality:

RAFAEL SANTANA President & CEO Wabtec Corporation Boards

A native of Brazil, Santana has roughly 25 years of commercial, product management andexecutive leadership. Most recently, he served as President and CEO of GE Transportation, a unit of General Electric company. Prior to that role, he was president & CEO of GE in LatinAmerica; Santana also served as president and CEO of the Turbomachinery Solutions Businessof GE Oil & Gas, Prior to joining GE in 2000, Santana worked for six years at ExxonMobil andBritish American Tobacco. Santana has a degree in engineering from the Universidade Federalde Minas Gerais in Brazil.

Wabtec, Corp.

Age: 53 N/A Nationality:




Ralph has served as CMO of Harman International Industries since 2013, with responsibility for all aspects of Harman’s worldwide marketing strategy. He is also responsible for Harman’s e-commerce business and runs its global design group which entails 6 design studios around the world and full P&L accountability. Before joining Harman, he served as SVP & CMO, North America, for Samsung. He also served 16 years at PepsiCo Inc. from 1994 to 2010, holding positions spanning multiple international and domestic leadership roles in marketing. While at PepsiCo, Inc. he also held positions with its Frito-Lay’s international and North America operations.

Dollar General (91)

Age: 65 Miami, FL Nationality:

MARIA SASTRE Former President & Chief Operating Officer, Signature Flight Support


Signature Flight Support is the world’s largest and market leading fixed base operator network, for business, government, and private aviation. Prior to that, she was a Senior Executive with Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises between 2000-2008, where she held the positions of SVP, International for Asia, Latin America & Caribbean, responsible for the strategic market expansion and business development of the cruise line for Asia and Latin America. At Royal Caribbean International she was also VP of Hotel Operations and her responsibilities included managing all aspects of hotel operations, private destinations, retail, port operations, and the guest experience onboard Royal Caribbean’s worldwide fleet of 25 vessels with over 30,000 employees. Sastre joined Royal Caribbean International after serving as VP of Worldwide Customer Satisfaction at United Airlines.

General Mills (169), O'Reilly Automotive (314), Guidewell / Florida Blue, Miramar Service Inc., Kalera New addition to the 2021 Latino Leaders' Board List

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New York, NY Nationality:



ENRIQUE F. SENIOR HERNANDEZ Managing Director of Allen & Company LLC

Enrique has served as a financial advisor to several corporations including Coca-Cola Company, General Electric, CapCities/ ABC, Columbia Pictures and QVC Networks. He also is serving on the following public company boards: Grupo Televisa S.A.B.; Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A. and Cinemark Holdings, Inc. He holds a B.A. in Architecture, a B.E. in Electrical Engineering and a B.S. in Industrial Administration from Yale University, an M.B.A. from the Harvard University, and an honorary J.D. from Emerson College.

Cinemark Holdings

Age: 64 Dallas, TX Nationality:

CARLOS SEPULVEDA Chairman of the Board, Triumph Bancorp, Inc. Boards

Cinemark Holdings, Triumph Bancorp, Savoya, Interstate Batteries, Camp Gladiator


Age: 76

Carlos has served as Chairman of the Board since its inception in 2010. Has served on the Board of Directors for Cinemark Holding, Inc. since 2007, and was appointed Lead Director in 2016. In 2014, he became a Director on the Board of Directors for Savoya, one of the world’s finest chauffeured ground transportation service providers. He served on the Board of Matador Resources Company from 2013 to 2017. Prior to Triumph, he was at Interstate Battery System International for 23 years, the last nine years as President & CEO. Before Interstate Batteries, he gained more than 10 years of experience in various roles with KPMG Peat Marwick Accounting Firm where he was an audit partner and designated associate SEC reviewing partner. Carlos received his Bachelor of Business Administration with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1979. He earned his CPA in 1981.

Age: 49 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Nationality:

LUCIANO SIANI PIRES Chief Financial Officer, VALE S.A. Boards

From 2008, Luciano held the positions of global director of Strategic Planning and global director o f Human Resources and Governance. In. 2007 and 2008, he was chiefe of Staff and executive secretary to the president at Brazil's National Development Bank. Also, at BNDES between 1992 and 1999, he held positions in financial planning, investor relations and capital markets. From 2003 to 2005, he was a consultant fro McKinsey & Company, focusing on the basic materials sector.

Mosaic (346)

Age: 54 Los Altos, CA Nationality:

DANIEL SICILIANO Chairman Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco

Age: 59 Menlo Park, CA Nationality:

SUE SIEGEL Independent Director, CEO & Venture Capitalist Boards

Most recently, Sue served as GE’s Chief Innovation Officer and CEO of GE Ventures, she oversaw investment in startups, created and scaled new companies, and commercialized GE’s intellectual property. She also led strategy planning and oversaw the global marketing function. Before joining GE, Siegel was a Silicon Valley-based healthcare and life sciences VC. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, she led Affymetrix as President and a board member, where she drove the company’s transformation from a pre-revenue startup to a global, multi-billion-dollar market cap genomics leader. She has held executive leadership roles at Bio-Rad, DuPont and Amersham after transitioning to a corporate career from early work in molecular biology and biochemistry.

Illumina (706), Align Technology (850)



Daniel is a CodeX Fellow at Stanford, Past Co-Chair of the We Robot Conference on AI/Robotics & Law, and the immediate past faculty director of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford. He co-founded the Rock Center in 2006 and, as a Professor of the Practice and Associate Dean at Stanford Law School, led the Center until 2017. His teaching includes Finance, Governance, and Venture Capital and he has testified in front of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. In 2009, 2010, and 2011, alongside Bernanke, Krugman, and Icahn, Professor Siciliano was named to the “Directorship 100” – a list of the most influential people in corporate governance. Co-founder, CEO and Executive Chairman of LawLogix Group. He sold a majority stake of the company to PNC Riverarch Capital, continued as Executive Chairman, and led the sale of the company to Hyland Software/Thoma Bravo in 2015.

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Age: 54 Tampa, FL Nationality:

ENRIQUE SILVA Independent Director Boards

Silva served as the CEO and President of Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. from February 2007 to February 2020. For 13 years prior thereto, he served in various leadership positions at Burger King Corporation, including Senior Vice President, Franchise Operations East Zone and Canada; Senior Vice President, U.S. Company Operations, President, Latin America Region; and Vice President and General Counsel, Latin America. Silva carries a deep knowledge of operational and legal matters, including with respect to risk management.

Realogy Holdings (445), Checkers Drive-In Restaurants

Age: 52 Mexico City, MX Nationality:

MARCO ANTONIO (TONY) SLIM DOMIT Chairman of the Board & CEO , Grupo Financiero

Son of one of Mexico's most succesful businesman; Carlos Slim, Tony has been Chairman of the board of directors of Grupo Financiero Inbursa, S.A.B. de C.V. since 1997 and previously served as its Chief Executive Officer from 1997 until April 2012. He is also a member of the board of directors of Grupo Carso, S.A.B. de C.V. and Chairman of The Carlos Slim Health Institute and of Impulsora del Desarrollo y el Empleo en América Latina, S.A.B. de C.V. (IDEAL), an infrastructure company. Slim was a member of the board of directors of Teléfonos de México, S.A.B. de C.V. from 1995 until April 2014.



BlackRock (192)

Age: 80 Arlington, VA Nationality:

JOSE S SORZANO Independent Board Director Boards

Jose was Special Assistant to President Reagan for National Security Affairs from 1987 to 1988; Peace Corps Country Director in Colombia (1976-1979), Senior Director for Latin America at the Security Council of the White House (Reagan) and U.S. Ambassasor to the U.N. from 1981 to 1985. He was Associate Professor of Government in Georgetown University, from 1969 to 1987. Jose has significant experience in governmental and international affairs, international business. He has a PhD in Political Science from Georgetown University.

MasTec (441)

Age: 52 Hollywood, FL Nationality:

MYRNA M SOTO Founder & CEO, Apogee Executive Adivosrs, LLC LATINO LEADERS JULY / AUGUST 2021



Founder and CEO of Apogee Executive Advisors, an advisory firm focused on providing strategic consulting in the areas of Technology Risk, CyberSecurity, Technology integrations and Enterprise Risk Management. The firm’s work is specific to Executive Leaders and Boards (Private and Public). She also served as the Chief Strategy and Trust Officer for Forcepoint. She was part of the executive team who led the transaction deal team that spun out the company to a growth private equity firm. Myrna served as COO of Digital Hands via an investment interest. She has over 28 years of focused Information Technology/ Cybersecurity experience and accolades within a variety of industries, including: financial services, hospitality, Insurance/Risk Management, and gaming/entertainment.

CMS Energy (430), TriNet (618), Popular 815), Spirit Airlines

Age: 62 Norfolk, VA Nationality:

MARTA R STEWART Former EVP & CFO, Norfolk Southern Corp. Boards

Stewart retired from Norfolk Southern Corporation in 2017 after a distinguished 33-year careerwith the company. She served as EVP and CFO from 2013 to 2017. Her tenure at NorfolkSouthern included roles of increasing responsibility, including vice president of accounting andcontroller, and vice president finance and treasurer. Prior to her tenure at Norfolk Southern, shespent four years at Peat Marwick (a predecessor to KPMG). Stewart is a Certified Public Accountantand currently also serves on the board of directors of Simon Property Group.

Simon Property Group (560)

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Miami, FL

ROSA SUGRAÑES ARIMANY Independent Director Boards

Rosa was the founder and served as the CEO of Iberia Tiles, in Miami, Florida from 1980 until 2012 when the company was sold. She was a director of Sabadell United Bank in Miami from 2006 to 2017, and a former Board member and past Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Miami Branch. Sugrañes became a director of First Horizon in July 2020 upon the closing of the merger of IBERIABANK Corporation with First Horizon. She had previously served as a director of IBERIABANK Corporation since 2018.




Age: 62

First Horizon National Corp (686)

Age: 65 New Orleans, LA Nationality:

JOSE S SUQUET Chairman of the Board, President & CEO, Pan-American Life Insurance Group


In more than 15 years leading the PALIG organization, Suquet and his management team have more than doubled the size of the company through consistent organic growth and strategic mergers and acquisitions with a renewed focus on life, health and personal accident insurance, while expanding its historical footprint throughout the Americas. In 2005, he led New Orleans-based Pan-American Life through the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina swiftly establishing an emergency plan. In 2015, Suquet led the merger between Pan-American Life Mutual Holding Company and Mutual Trust Holding Company. He graduated from Fordham University (New York) with a Bachelor of Science and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Miami.

Regions Financial (434), Pan-American Life Insurance, Ochsner Health System

Age: 49 San Francisco, CA Nationality:

JENNIFER TEJADA Chief Executive Officer, PagerDuty, Inc. Boards

Prior to joining PagerDuty in July 2016, Tejada was President and CEO of Keynote Systems, a software company specializing in digital performance analytics and web and mobile testing, from 2013 to 2015. She was Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Mincom, an enterprise software company, from 2008 to 2011. She has also previously held senior positions at Merivale Group, Procter & Gamble, and i2 Technologies.

Estée Lauder (213)

Age: 57 Los Angeles, CA Nationality:

FELICIA THORNTON Independent Director Floor & Decor Holdings (856), 99 Cents Only, Covergint Technologies, CoolSys, Pactiv Evergreen, Ares Acquisition Corp

Age: N/A New Jersey Nationality:

MARTA TIENDA Maurice P. During Professor in Demographic Studies, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs,The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs


She's is co-author of The Hispanic Population of the United States (1987), the first national comparison of the major nationality groups, and co-editor of two volumes about Hispanics and the future of America published by the National Academies of Science (2006). She is past president of the Population Association of America, current President of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Education. She also serves on the boards of the Urban Institute, Teachers Insurance Annuity Association (TIAA), the Robin Hood Foundation (NYC) and the Holdsworth Center for Excellence in Education (Texas).

TIAA (79)



Felicia was the Interim CEO at 99 Cents Only Stores LLC in 2019-2020, CFO and Treasurer from 2015-2018 supporting its operational transformation and refinancing. Thornton also served as Co-CEO, President and COO of DeMoulas Super Market, Inc., from 2014 to 2014 with a successful sale to minority shareholders and as the CEO of Knowledge Universe U.S., the largest U.S. private childhood education company. Thornton served as CFO and led overall strategy for Albertsons, from 2001 to 2006. She served in a variety of executive strategic and financial roles from 1992 to 2000 for Ralphs Grocery Company, Inc., and for Fred Meyer, both of which eventually became part of The Kroger Company. She received a B.S. in Economics from Santa Clara University and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.

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Age: N/A New Hope, PA Nationality:

DENICE TORRES Founder and CEO, The Ignited Group & Former Executive, Johnson & Johnson


Denice has 25 years of management experience in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and consumer healthcare. She served in senior leadership roles at Johnson & Johnson, including Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer for the global medical device business. She is credited for leading one of the most significant transformations in J&J history. Denice was of President, McNeil Consumer Healthcare. She also led the recovery of OTC brands, including the iconic Tylenol portfolio. At J&J, she also served as President of Janssen Pharmaceuticals where she drove turnaround growth. Before joining J&J, she had a 14-year career at Lilly where she was the executive director of global neuroscience and director of U.S. women’s health. Denice received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Ball State University, Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University, and Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

Bluebird Bio

Age: 68 San Diego, CA Nationality:

SOLOMON D "SOL" TRUJILLO Founder & Chairman, Trujillo Group, LLC and Chairman

Solomon Trujillo has served as the CEO and director of Telstra Corporation Limited, Australia’s largest media-communications enterprise, from July 2005 to June 2009. From February 2003 to March 2004, Trujillo was Orange SA’s CEO. Prior, Trujillo was chairman, president and CEO of Graviton, Inc. from January 2001 until January 2003. Trujillo previously served as a director of Target Corporation from 1994 to 2014. He also founded L'Attitude, a powerful event gathering leaders for the advancement of the Latino Community.

of the Latino Donor Collaborative (LDC


Western Union (541), WPP plc, China Silk Road Technologies , Bain & Co. Managemente Consulting

Age: 43 San Francisco, CA Nationality:


Based in San Francisco, he leads TPG's Internet, digital media, and communications investing efforts across the firm’s Growth and Capital platforms. He led TPG Growth's investments in Airbnb and Uber. He previously served on the Boards of, Fenwal Therapeutics, HSM Electronic Protection Services, Sorenson Communications and, Triad Financial. Prior to joining TPG in 2006, he was a VP at GTCR Golder Rauner. Trujillo received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and BA in economics from Yale University.

Uber Technologies (281), Cirque du Soleil, Creative Artists Agency, Ipsy, Layer 3 TV,

Age: 58 Weston, VT Nationality:




Ubiñas has had a career spanning business, government and the nonprofit sector. He served as President of the Ford Foundation, a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company and an appointee in the Obama administration to both the Export-Import Bank and the International Trade Commission. Over the last several years, he has been an investor, advisor and member of several corporate and non-profit boards. In those roles, he has taken companies public, sold companies to private equity, and overseen mergers and acquisitions. He has held high level national security clearance for his work on the Trade Commission. He has published extensively, including articles and opinion pieces in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and numerous other publications globally.

AT&T (11), Electronic Arts (485), Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, EBSCO Industries

Age: 57 New York, NY Nationality:

CARLOS A UNANUE President, Goya de Puerto Rico, Inc. Boards

President of Goya de Puerto Rico, Inc. since 2003 and of Goya Santo Domingo, S.A. since 1994, food processors and distributors. Unanue has 34 years of experience at Goya Foods, Inc., a privately held family business with operations in the United States, Puerto Rico, Spain, and the Dominican Republic that is dedicated to the sale, marketing and distribution of Hispanic food, as well as to the food processing and canned food manufacturing business.

Popular (815)

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JORGE URIBE Director Boards

Jorge served as Global Productivity and Organization Transformation Officer at the Procter & Gamble Company from December 2012 until his retirement in July 2015. Prior to 2012, he served as Group President of Latin America at Procter & Gamble from 2004 to 2012, as Vice President, Marketing and Customer Business Development, Latin America from 2001 to 2004 and as Vice President, Venezuela and Andean Region from 1999 to 2001. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Xavier University and a bachelor degree in management engineering from Universidad Nacional de Colombia: Sede Medellin.




Age: 65

General Mills (169), Ingredion (463)

Age: 50 Dallas, TX Nationality:

NINA VACA Chairman & CEO of Pinnacle Group Boards

Nina is a celebrated CEO, entrepreneur, corporate board director, and advocate for diversity and inclusion. Under her leadership Pinnacle Group has become an outstanding workforce solutions provider, earning numerous awards for growth and excellence during its 25 years in business. Over that time, Pinnacle Group’s service lines have expanded from IT talent acquisition to a full suite of workforce solutions, including managed services (MSP), business process outsourcing (BPO), data and analytics, and talent communities. Nina is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, a Henry Crown Fellow with the Aspen Institute, a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the recipient of three honorary doctorate degrees.

Comerica, Cinemark, and Austin Industries, Inc.

Age: 50 Minneapolis, MN Nationality:

ARTHUR VALDEZ JR. EVP, Chief Supply Chain & Logistics Officer at Target Boards

Valdez has spent his career building supply chain and fulfillment networks across Asia, Europe and North and South America. Prior to his time at Target Corporation, he spent 17 years in a variety of leadership roles with Inc., including Vice President, Operations, International Expansion, Vice President, Worldwide Transportation, and Vice President, Operations, Ltd.

Advance Auto Parts (301)

Age: 54 Denver, CO

FRANCES M VALLEJO Independent Director Boards

Vallejo is a former executive officer of ConocoPhillips where she began her career in 1987. She served as Vice President Corporate Planning and Development from 2015 until 2016 and as Vice President and Treasurer from 2008 until 2015. Prior to 2008, she served as General Manager Corporate Planning and Budgets, Vice President Upstream Planning & Portfolio Management, Assistant Treasurer, Manager Strategic Transactions, and in other geophysical, commercial, and finance roles. Vallejo served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Colorado School of Mines from 2010 until 2016 and is a member of Colorado School of Mines Foundation Board of Governors.

Crestwood Equity Partners (904), Cimarex Energy

Age: 58 New York, NY Nationality:

GUIDO VAN HAUWERMEIREN Co Head of Global Banking and Advisory Americas &

Guido is a global business executive leveraging deep regulatory, economic and cultural expertise succeeding in markets across the US, LATAM, ASIA and EMEA. His expertise comes through gloobal business development and crisis management. Previosouly, he was head of international coverage and lead emerging markets at BNB Paribas.

Co-CEO S.G Americas LLC, Societe Generale Corporate Investment Banking


GEO Group (883)



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Age: 66 Orange, CA Nationality:

GADDI H VASQUEZ Independent Director Boards

Until 2019, Vasquez served as SVP of Government Affairs for Southern California Edison. He was responsible for government relations activities at the Federal and State level. He began his 27 year career as a police officer in the City of Orange, CA and has served at city, county, state, and federal levels of government. He has spent most of his life in Orange County and has been a leader in promoting health, safety, and educational opportunities for children and youth in underserved communities. Prior to Edison International, he served as U.S. Ambassador and permanent representative to United Nations Agencies based in Rome, Italy. He also served as Director of the United States Peace Corps and on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.

Granite Construction (663)

Age: 80 Los Angeles, CA Nationality:

GILBERT VASQUEZ Managing Partner, Vasquez & Company Boards

Gilbert has been the managing partner of the certified public accounting firm of Vasquez & Company LLP since 1969. Gil guided the firm's growth from a one-person consultancy into the largest Latino-owned CPA firm in California. He was the first minority board member of the California Board of Accountancy. Gil was founder and president of ALPFA, the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting. Vasquez continues to serve as a board member of Manufacturers Bank, and is also Chairman of the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce.


Age: 49 San Carlos, CA Nationality:

RAUL VAZQUEZ Chief Executive Officer, Oportun Boards

Raul Vazquez is the CEO of Oportun, a financial services company that leverages its digital platform to provide responsible consumer credit to hardworking people. Using A.I.-driven models that are built on 15 years of proprietary customer insights and billions of unique data points, Oportun has extended billions of dollars in affordable credit, providing its customers with alternatives to payday and auto title loans. In recognition of its responsibly designed products which help consumers build their credit history, Oportun has been certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) since 2009. Raul joined Oportun in 2012 after having held senior leadership roles at Walmart, including President and CEO of, and EVP and President of Walmart West.

Intuit (380), Oportun

Age: 75 Coral Gables, Florida Nationality:

J.Founder ANTONIO VILLAMIL and Senior Advisor, The Washington Economics Group Inc.




In George H.W. Bush’s administration, Jose Antonio served as U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs. He is a former Dean of the Scholl of Business at St. Thomas University in Miami, FL, as well as the former Chairman of Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors of Florida. Villamil founded The Washington Economics Group, Inc. and served as its Senior Advisor. He recently completed a 18-year tenure at Amerant Bank, N.A. and Amerant Holding Corp., serving as Chair of the Risk Committee and most recently as Chair of the AML/BSA Committee. Amerant Bank, N.A. is the former Mercantil Bank, N.A. and become a public company in 2020 during his active service on the Board. He holds a B.S. and an M.A. in Economics from Louisiana State University. He is a Ph.D. Candidate-Economics, Louisiana State University.

Pan American Life Insurance, Spanish Broadcasting System

Age: 66 San Antonio, TX Nationality:

JOSÉ H VILLARREAL Independent Director Boards

José is on the board of Union Pacific Corp., Center for American Progress, KIPP Foundation and U.S.-Mexico Foundation. In his past career he was Partner at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP and Chairman of UnidosUS.He received an undergraduate degree from Purdue University and a graduate degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

Union Pacific (153)

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Sewickley, PA Nationality:



SANDRA M VOLPE Senior Vice President, FedEx Ground

Sandra has been on Republic’s board of directors since December 2016. She is Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Communications and Business Development Solutions for FedEx Ground, where she has worked since 2000. Volpe graduated from Kent State University and earned her MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.


Age: 52

Republic Services

Age: 69 New York, NY Nationality:

NATICA VON ALTHANN Independent Director and Consultant Boards

Founding partner of C&A Advisors, a consulting firm in financial services and risk management, from 2009 until 2013. She retired in 2008 as the senior credit risk management executive for Bank of America, and chief credit officer of U.S. Trust, an investment management company. Prior to the B of A position in 2007 after U.S. Trust was acquired by B of A, von Althann served as chief credit officer of U.S. Trust. Prior to joining U.S. Trust in 2003, she served as managing director at IQ Venture Partners. Previously, she spent 26 years at Citigroup. During her time at Citigroup, she held numerous positions in the Citicorp’s U.S. Telecommunications-Technology group, the Retail and Apparel group and market region head for Latin America in the Citigroup private banking group.

PPL Corp. (382), TD Bank, Fuel Cell Energy Inc.

Age: 73 California Nationality:

TONY L WHITE Former Chairman, President and CEO of Applied

Tony is former Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Applied Biosystems, Inc. (formerly Applera Corporation), a developer, manufacturer and marketer of life science systems and genomic information products, having served in those positions from 1995 until his retirement in 2008. Formerly a director at C.R. Bard, Inc. White carries wealth of management experience in the life sciences and health care industries, including over 13 years as Chairman and CEO of an advanced-technology life sciences company and 26 years in various management positions at Baxter International, Inc.

Biosystems Inc.


CVS Health (4), Ingersoll Rand (533), Trane Technologies

Age: 63 Bethesda, MD Nationality:

ALEJANDRO DANIEL WOLFF Independent Director, Retired Diplomat. Albemarle (723)

Age: 62 Norwalk, CT Nationality:

ARMANDO ZAGALO DE LIMA Independent Director Boards

Armando retired in 2015 as an executive vice president of Xerox Corporation, a position he held since 2010. From 2012 to 2014, Zagalo de Lima also served as president of Xerox Technology and was responsible for engineering, product development, manufacturing, distribution, managed print services, sales channels and technical services. From 2010 to 2012, he served as president of Global Customer Operations, responsible for worldwide sales, service and customer administration activities for Xerox’s document technology, services and solutions. Prior to this role, he led Xerox Europe from 2001 to 2010, serving as COO from 2001 to 2004, and then as president from 2004 to 2010. He first joined Xerox in Portugal in 1983 and held sales, marketing and management positions across Europe.

PPL Corp. (382)



Alejandro Daniel served as U.S. Ambassador to Chile from September 2010 until retirement in August 2013 and as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (2005-2010). He has more than 33 years of service in the U.S. Department of State, including service in Algeria, Morocco, Chile, Cyprus, the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, and as Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’Affaires in France. From 2014 – 2016, he was Managing Director of Gryphon Partners LLC (a global advisory firm focused on frontier markets).

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Age: 50 Washington, DC Nationality:

JUAN CARLOS ZARATE Global Co-Managing Partner & Chief Strategy Officer, K2 Integrity and Co-Founder & Chair, Consilient


Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (90), Boston Dynamics; Cambridge Quantum Computing, North American Holdings; Chandah Space Technologies

He is the chairman of the Center on Economic and Financial Power, senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a senior fellow at West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center. He is the senior national security analyst for NBC News/ MSNBC. He was a visiting lecturer in law at the Harvard Law School for eight years and is a published author, including his books “Treasury’s War” (2013) and “Forging Democracy” (1994). Zarate has served for several years as an independent advisor to Coinbase. For over five years, Zarate sat on the board of the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority, and for seven years, he was the U.S. advisor on HSBC’s Financial System Vulnerabilities Committee. He served as the Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Adviser for combating terrorism from 2005 to 2009.

Age: 68 Connecticut/ Mexico City Nationality:

ERNESTO ZEDILLO PONCE DE LEÓN President of Mexico from 1994-2000. Director, Center for the Study of Globalization and Professor in the Field of International Economics and Politics, Yale University


He has been at Yale University since 2002. Zedillo was President of Mexico from December 1994 to December 2000. He served in the Federal Government of Mexico as Undersecretary of the Budget (1987-1988); as Secretary of Economic Programming and the Budget and board member of various state-owned enterprises, including PEMEX, Mexico’s national oil company (1988-1992); and as Secretary of Education (1992-1993). Earlier, he was with the central bank of Mexico where he served as deputy manager of economic research and deputy director and was the founding General Director of the Trust Fund for the Coverage of Exchange Risks. His administration is regarded as a good one for economic recovery for the mexican economy and opening an age for oposition party presidents of Mexico.

Citigroup (33), Alcoa (330)

Age: 51 New York, NY Nationality:

EDDY ZERVIGON Independent Director and Advisor Maxar Technologies



Zervigon was a Managing Director in the Principal Investments Group at Morgan Stanley from 1997 to 2012. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Zervigon was a Certified Public Accountant at the public accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand, which is now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and currently maintains his CPA credentials. He has also served as a director of Bloom Energy and MMCinemas, Impsat Fiber Networks, Inc., TVN Entertainment Corporation and Stadium Capital Management, LLC. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in taxation from Florida International University and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.



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women 30.4% (108) men 69.6% (245)


93 35 53.9 37


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Average age

OLDEST: 79 Anthony Coelho, Service Corporation International (670)

Where did they got their education? UNIVERISTIES: 107 different universities (including 24 overseas)

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YOUNGEST: 40 Adriana Cisneros, Mattel (563)






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THE LEGAL VIEW In the last 20 to 25 years, a trend of appointing lawyers to corporate boards has been superseded by a focus on bringing people with business experience, technical skills and entrepreneurial acumen into governance roles.


his change aligns well with the career path of Cesar L. Alvarez, who after working as a corporate and securities lawyer for 25 years, advanced to chief executive officer at Greenberg Traurig, LLP. During the 13-year span of his CEO tenure, he guided the firm’s growth to the top ranks of the legal industry. Today, the firm has more than 2,200 attorneys serving clients from 40 offices around the globe. Alvarez, who now is the firm’s senior chairman, says his experience on the business side of the global law firm put him in sync with the changing perceptions of who makes an effective director. Going back "20 years or more,” Alvarez said most companies sought a lawyer for their board, and what he brought to the table was a knowledge of what was needed to ensure compliance with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations, as well as a myriad of other laws and regulations applicable to public companies. Today, if a board has a legal question, it may invite a lawyer to its meeting to address this concern, Alvarez said, but the directors generally do not feel the legal expertise needs to reside in a director of the board. "Boards now are looking for directors with varied experiences in technology, cybersecurity, some business acumen, marketing, branding – something that is on the business side of things," he said. What attracts companies to Alvarez now is his experience as a CEO. He has held seats on several company boards, including Watsco, a Fortune 1000 company that is a leading distributor of air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration equipment. "They no longer look at you as ‘just’ a lawyer; they look at you as a businessperson. This is a quality that people want on the board, someone who has successfully built a business and understands what they are trying to do,” he said. Alvarez's long-standing interest in serving on corporate boards has paid dividends at Greenberg Traurig. "That role was the best way for me to prepare myself for my job as the CEO of the firm. I was seeing how other businesses dealt with issues, and I was learning other business models and how they worked." Over the last decade, Alvarez explained, there has been a profound movement for greater diversity among corporate board members. The result has been greater presence of ethnic and gender minorities in corporate governance. While Alvarez points to some success in increasing the representation of women and African Americans, this trend has not been as significant for people who share Alvarez’s Hispanic heritage. Hispanic representation on corporate boards remains lower than it should be. Alvarez, who is fluent in Spanish, thinks there is more work to be done. "The fact that women and African Americans have been relatively successful should only motivate us and help us understand that we can


do better," said Alvarez, who was born in Cuba and immigrated to the U.S. as a teen. “As Hispanics, we need to double and triple our efforts. We also must ensure we are talented in some business area that companies desire.” Alvarez has had a long relationship with the Black Corporate Directors, which brings together African Americans who are board members of Fortune 500 companies. He has attended several gatherings and witnessed how focused members are on inclusion, including helping each other to get on boards. Getting a board seat is likely not to happen easily and promptly, for any group. "This is not something you are going to work on and in a month or two months it is going to happen,” Alvarez said. "It is all about networking. You must build relationships with colleagues who are board members and demonstrate to them that you have an expertise. Opportunities are likely to develop from those relationships, but the process can take time.” Additionally, Alvarez notes, today’s corporate boards are often dominated by people who tend to be more seasoned, older and frequently less conversant in the latest technology. "I have always thought company boards of directors should be composed of a mix of not only ethnicities and gender, but also a mix of generations,” Alvarez said. "Those who are well-versed in innovation can help you understand the benefits of the new technologies," he said. “The more seasoned professionals who may not be early adopters of new technology, bring value in that they have enough life and business experience to understand that just because something is new does not mean it is necessarily going to work better."


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This multi-faceted Cuban American also has distinguished herself in higher education at Texas A&M, where she has served as president, vice chancellor and dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Born in Havana Cuba, she came to the U.S. as a child when her family fled the turbulent island, during the Castro communist insurrection. MOST OF EARLY education was in Florida until she was accepted to Virginia Tech's graduate program where she earned a master's degree in anaerobic microbiology and then a doctorate in food science and technology, specializing in food safety. Connecting with top level executives seemed a little distant during the initial phases of Elsa Murano's career as a researcher and microbiology specialist at first the Iowa State University and later through her long tenure at Texas A&M. Through this work she did connect with people in the meat industry, but primarily with a company's scientific staff at these companies and not the managers and CEOs. As undersecretary for food safety for the George W Bush administration, she began to meet CEOs and vice presidents for food safety at national meetings where she would speak and also where the USDA was proposing various regulations. These high-ranking officers, Murano said, "got to know me, to meet me, to see who I was and what I was doing." One of these CEOs was Joel Johnson of Hormel Foods who did not forget her. There is period when she could not engage with leaders of the entities she was regulating as a government official, Murano explained that "after a year or so" Johnson contacted her and came to visit her at Texas A&M.

Johnson said Hormel was looking to add to its board of directors and wanted her because he had witnessed her work at USDA. Murano recalled was Johnson had found her tough but fair, that she strictly followed what science dictated and did not bow to people's pressures. "This is what he wanted on his board," Murano said. He did not want directors who are yes people, but people who are who are going to say not only that something would not work well but suggest other ideas. During her 15 years on the Hormel board there were two aspects of her role that Murano said she enjoys the most: "One is strategizing, and meeting with senior leadership at board meetings to strategize what are the things we need to do for the next year and things of that nature, interacting with senior leadership as well as my colleagues, thinking out of the box, the creativity aspect." She also likes when taking tours of plants that Hormel may have recently acquired. "I learn a lot from that and more importantly, because it may be a processing plant, I am able to give Hormel some insight as a food safety expert and say these are the things you need to do." After one of these tours, she said, the company executives would turn to her and say, "OK Elsa, are we good for safety." What Murano described as "the dry part" of her board work is forecasting a situation financially. "I was on their auditing committee for quite a while and now I am on the compensation committee," she said. "I actually have had to learn quite a bit through the years," she said, "I am not an economist or anything remotely like that." Murano tries to do her best to identify potential issues to which Hormel needs to respond. "As a company they much wanting to do the right thing at all times.” "I think I brought a different perspective since most board members tend to come from industry and tend to be financial people. "They really appreciated that it was not the same lens that I was looking at things, and I was also looking at things from the international perspective with my role direct as Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture. In the case of being appointed to Ecolab's advisory board on food safety, Murano said being a Latino might of helped but it was not a primary factor. "Like with Hormel," she said, "my former position in food safety as a highranking regulator was a primary thing." While the three companies where she is a board director might operate in different spheres, Murano said that some of the challenges she faces ae similar. "They all are sort of food related and the food environment has been changing in the United States quite of bit and these companies are trying to use innovation, so they have the highest quality products." One of the concerns that directors discuss at board meetings is the diversity of company leadership, she said, “and this applies to not only board members but for executives of the company to have more diversity. In hiring senior executives, companies need to look specifically and very proactively at diversity and tell recruiters and search firms not to come to them without diverse candidates”. Murano said more search firms need to figure out how to actively search for which Hispanic women and Hispanic men are available at positions where they can be asked to be members of the board. “In addition, companies need to engage board members in proposing diverse candidates. We have colleagues and so forth”.


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JOSE SUQUET "THAT IS WHERE IT ALL BEGAN, IN THE NONPROFIT WORLD” During his four decades in the insurance industry, José Suquet has found that networking and friendship building can open doors to membership in company boards and one of best keys is a leadership role with a prominent nonprofit organization. SUQUET IS currently chief executive officer, president and chairman of the board for New Orleans-based Pan-American Life Insurance Group, a company he joined in 2004, and also serves on the boards of Regions Financial Corporation and Ochsner Health System. Suquet, who was born in Cuba, shared his perspective how board candidates, especially Hispanics who are underrepresented in governance roles, can build opportunities, He also discussed the importance of vetting board offers and how profoundly different a board seat is from the management suite. For a start, Suquet suggests that board aspirants look at a nonprofit, become involved in its inner workings, such as through its committees, and use this relationship as a platform to expand a network of professional acquaintances. He is convinced his two-term membership with Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, New Orleans Branch, lead to a board seat. "I was probably the most junior member of that board," he said, "We had people running Delta Airlines, Home Depot and Suntrust Bank.” One of his acquaintances was the CEO of Regions Financial, one of the largest bank holding companies. While Suquet was with the Fed Reserve he couldn't serve on a bank board, but the Region's CEO knew the insurance executive's term was ending – term limits apply – and spoke to him about an opportunity to join his board. Suquet accepted the invitation and joined the Regions Financial board in 2017. He would chair the audit committee which he said, "in itself is an undertaking role." "One of the best pieces of advice I got was just to ask is have you ever had a claim on your directors’ and officers’ coverage," he said. "It is a very openended question and a couple of other potential boards I was looking at had claims and one of them went to the extreme of saying, 'well, we will have to need you to sign a non-disclosure agreement if we gave you that answer'" Suquet said. "To me that was I huge red flag," he said. "I don't want anything to do with coming into that type of situation. For Suquet, there is a basic difference between being a high-level company executive and serving on a company board where a broad, forward governance is essential. "As CEO of a company he is involved in the day-day-to day issues, but as a board member you are dealing primarily with the CEO and you are getting exposure to the top management of the company and are there to support the CEO on strategy and implementation of the strategy."

A board of directors, as a body, needs to understand a company's strategic planning process, Suquet said, and to question a strategy when it does not appear right and supporting when it does, with periodic checks on its implementation. Directors also need to assist the company in succession planning. As the CEO is getting ready to retire, the board should be very much intimately involved in the choosing of the new CEO," he said. Two years after Suquet joined the Regions board, that chairman, who had invited him to take a seat, decided he was ready to retirement. "So, we conducted a very extensive internal and external search and we landed one of the top internal candidates.” While company directors focus on such priorities like ESG and diversity, they also are being compelled to pay more attention to information security and talent management and the succession planning in the "new world of remote work." Cyber-attacks represent a big threat to the economy and companies, he said, alluding to the high-profile attacks on the pipeline and on a major meat processing company, this situation has meant that companies and their boards, he said, are spending quite a bit of time on the related issues of recovery, remediation and resilience – how an attacked company recover and how long will it take to get back up to speed. Another issue that companies need to address is the impact of the increased prevalence of remote work in the pandemic on their culture."Part of the advantages of working together are the collaboration, the mentoring and the learning that takes place and that I was fortunate to have in my entire career," that is a very relevant topic to analyze now. JULY / AUGUST 2021 LATINO LEADERS 139

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Since he retired as a partner in the San Francisco office of the KPMG, he has been appointed to several boards, including two Fortune 500 companies, Rite Aid and Lithia Motors.


t the same time, he understands his accomplishments are not the norm for most Latinos. In fact, there is a lower proportion of Latinos in corporate governance compared to their share of the population and growing presence in the talent pool for these seats. "The number of Latinos coming across is not as many as I would expect and that it will take time and focused efforts to change this." Miramontes said, "I want to grow the opportunity that I have had so other Latinos and other diverse individuals will have opportunity and so those who are not aware of our community, those who have doubts about our numbers and our capabilities, can see examples." Similarly, Miramontes says he feels privileged to serve as a good example and a role model to Latinos who are starting on the path toward a role in company governance. "I want to be an effective, outstanding board member, so the average is not acceptable to me," he said. "We are in the board room, we are good and talented, but let's not be comfortable with that," said Miramontes, who has become a leader director and a committee chairman. Miramontes said one of his strengths is that he is a good team player. "It is not about me, it is about organization," he said. He can see at least two benefits that diversity can provide to a company and its board of directors. One is understanding the markets a company is going to serve. "And if they want to address the Latino community, I know something about that," he said. The second is that Latinos can help a board develop a balance view of issues. "We are going to tell you our thoughts, offer suggestions and challenges and we will do it tactfully, and

with our own style." The path that Miramontes took to become a director for some major companies ran through four decades with KMPG as a CPA and was broadened by his rapport with clients, especially their top management. From becoming a partner with the firm in 1986, he continued to work with clients but also had contact with their directors. "I learned about the dynamics of board roles and conduct and came to understand how good ones work," he said. Miramontes personal goal became to gain seats on corporate boards after he retired from KPMG and he made sure his clients were aware of this. Actually, he recognized that he was not going to get an invitation just because he "is smart and a Latino." He says, "That is OK but you have to express views, be proactive, share your personal goals." Among the changes that Miramontes has observed in the corporate world is that among shareholders there is a lot of movement on ESGs and that companies have strategies about environmental, social topics, governance topics. "What boards are learning is that they need members who understand the social aspects, the diversity of our employees, the opportunity for employee training, their treatment," he said, adding, "I am well-schooled in all that." In addition, he says the employee experience is changing and companies will need to deal with a new normal, remote learning.

He said it may take a few years. Another challenge that he sees confronting boards of directors relates to changes in customer engagement with digital interaction becoming more mainstream. "Customer engagement has to be connected with a very thoughtful and aggressive digital strategy to reach customers online, or if they want to come to the physical store, online purchasing or paying," he said. Miramontes sees those Latinos who make it to senior management and on to company boards as representing their heritage and providing a good example of what they can contribute. "So that the board, the leadership are saying that we are not only making money from you Latinos, but we are bringing you into to be leaders," he said. Part of the problem is that Latinos need to do a better job of promoting themselves, Miramontes said. "Our culture is very inner we don't brag about ourselves, we don't boast about ourselves, we let the work do the talking." he said. "It is disappointing that we are not gaining as fast we want to or should or we deserve to," he said, "but it will come in the next three to five years there will be more opportunities for Latinos due to a lot of board turnover.” FOLLOW US LatinoLeadersMagazine

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his perspective is among the insights that Guillermo "Gil" Marmol has gleaned from his decades of work as a consultant and participant in digital transformation process and his membership on company boards. Since 2011 Marmol has served as a director for Foot Locker and also has lead his own investment and advisory services firm, Marmol & Associates since 2000. He also has served on other boards and was an independent director for Vitamin Shoppe from 2016 until 2019, when the company was acquired by what is the Franchise Group. During his career, Marmol has found that that experience and vision remain valuable in corporate governance, but there is a whole array of new expectations that include diversity and as exemplified by Europe, expectations related to climate. "If you not speaking to those very directly and very credibly, you are going to have some problems," he advises. Other emerging priorities include being responsive to ESG (Environmental Social Governance) and ensuring that among the next class of CEOs and board members, "is that there is the appropriate depth and the appropriate addition of capabilities that are now required. In dealing with ESG, he said, there is a lot of pressure on boards from the investors, to ensure that the governance of the company, the development of the company is in concert with the expectations. Another consideration for any board, Marmol said, especially in the retail sector where Footlocker is a major player,

The historic role of a corporate board of directors, essentially to work with management in ensuring that a company remains on the right track, is unlikely to change, but in the new digital world the demands of governance are rapidly evolving, especially in the areas of diversity and skill sets. "is how the company is fully engaging with its customer base. Understanding that customer base in a very profound way and building the capability to serve that customer base in a very exacting way." For him, the path that took him to public boards started at McKinsey & Company, where he was an executive for 17 years. This was a great training ground, he said, because he worked with senior executives on issues of organization, direction, performance improvement, concerns that fall among the responsibilities of a senior leadership team and company board. "As a senior partner I had the option of permanent career of consulting, he said, "but I chose to move on." Subsequently, Marmol spent a decade in technology services sector at Perot Systems then at Electronic Data Systems Corporation, thanks to an invitation of a former client and was executive during the company's massive turnaround. "EDS went from losing a half billion dollars the year I arrived (2003) to making a billion dollars the year I left (2007). Meanwhile, Marmol decided to "take a ride on the Internet wave" and during the "dot-com crash created his own professional services firm in 2000 by bringing together a series of smaller firms that did consulting in the Internet space. "I took the company public, and had my first experience with a board, which was not a normal experience because I was a CEO," he said. Still, he had the "fascinating experience of observ-

ing other board directors and how they played their role. "Since then I have been doing board work, some public, some private, and investing in early stage companies with the hope that one of them will grow up and do exceptionally well," he said. Getting that first invitation to a corporate board is "by far the hardest" and "not an easy road to follow," However, in the case of Foot Locker, Marmol had a personal relationship in his favor. Ken Hicks, who had worked for him at McKinsey, who had just become chairman and CEO in 2009. "So we talked about his new role and I expressed my interest, he expressed his interest, and not before long I was on the board," Marmol said. "I bought several things to the party that were valuable to them," he said, "I had a decade of experience in technology service, I had worked closely with major organizations involved in technology transformations which is now is now called the digital journey." Moreover, he said, "I also could also bring a perspective of corporate strategy that was not fully represented on the board."



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FROM NONPROFIT BOARDS TO COMPANY GOVERNANCE "Manny" was appointed to the boards of directors of two MANUEL major companies within a week of his September 2020 “MANNY” retirement from KMPG, a Big Four public accounting firm, FERNANDEZ where he had spent 36 years in leadership positions. He DIRECTOR FOR came to this country from Cuba at the age of eight, and now BOARD HOLLY FRONTIER AND is an independent board director for HollyFrontier, a major JACOBS petroleum refiner, and holds a similar post for Jacobs, a diversified professional services company active in the public and private sectors. THE PROCESS that brought Manny Fernandez to governance positions, in large part sprung from his experience over a 10–15-year period on nonprofit boards in Dallas where before his retirement he was managing partner for KMPG's regional office and led a team of more than 3,000 partners and audit, tax, and consulting service professionals. This engagement provided him with a sense of this type of governance and a role he might enjoy in a "next life" after retirement. "You got to say 'I am going to like this and like the governance in doing that,'" he said. “As a member of a nonprofit board an individual should be authentic and "giving without ever asking back to receive" while adding value to trusting relationships.” Fernandez also saw how he could be an asset to company governance. "Being a board member, I can add value on the culture front, on the financial front, on the growth front, on the strategy front – you name it and on the value front for stockholders and stakeholders," he said. "You never know, he said, when someone will say, 'Hey, you are retiring, let me talk to my nominating and governance chairs.' Moreover, Fernandez saw that being active with a nonprofit is a good way to get to know people and executives who also are on those boards that later can be a catalyst for someone to land their first director seat. "You just can throw your resume out there and maybe a recruiter will find you. There are thousands of candidates," he said. "You really need to have relationships in order to try to land that first board seat and you never know where the help will come from" and the least expected probably. Fernandez said that he has "thousands of relationships" but only two or three ended calling about board seats. These included two board members at one company and the CEO and chairman with another company. "I never expected to be on the board of those companies until they asked.”

Fernandez's witnessed for many years KMPG'S board in action. "For 20 years I was in the board room from the KPMG side and seeing the process and how it worked and seeing board members in action – the good, the bad and all sorts of personalities in nominating, or governance processes. "You learn from that and say, 'you know I can do that and that might be fun to do,'" he said. From a governance perspective, Fernandez said, there is a need for leadership skills as well as people skills and technical skills. "You have ten other board members with whom you have to collaborate. Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow, sometimes you agree, sometimes it’s your idea, sometimes it is their idea.” There is a difference if a board member is chair of a committee, Fernandez explained. "More is put on your back, but you have to keep the others informed.” A participating committee member needs to respect the chair and at the same time provide value and be collaborating, he said. There also is needed to recognize the dynamics within a board. "When you have a full board then you may have 11 people who are talking about the same topic and you have to really be mindful and cognizant not just to speak, but to add value.”

MY BOARDS: • At Jacobs the priorities are "culture, culture, culture and a good culture with right values, with drive, with result," he said. "You need to have your people engaged, need to have people feeling inclusive, whether is related to gender or ethnicity or just inclusive in terms of ESG, the environmental, the social and the governance. The social being the diversity and inclusive piece, the governance being governance and inclusive again, with the diversity of board members. The environmental involves thinking how you can imbed environmental within your solutions," he said. Another element of the Jacobs culture is a safety component which in some ways is similar to HollyFrontier which "has brick and mortar, meaning plants. So we start every meeting with a safety discussion then you get into results," Fernandez said.


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LATINOS ON BOARDS 2021 After more than three decades as an itinerant top-level automobile industry executive, Fred Diaz could have chosen to spend his retirement playing golf with his wife and friends, keeping in shape and doing some traveling. And to some extent, this is a path that Diaz has been able to since he retired about a year and a half ago as CEO and chairman of the Board for Mitsubishi Motors North America. However, chasing the little white ball and waiting for his first grandchild, he has two sons, hardly sums up who Diaz is. "I want to keep active."


nd that he has. Diaz now holds independent directorships with Archer Aviation & Aerospace, Smith & Wesson and SiteOne Landscape. He is determined be more than an average board member. "I take my directorships very seriously," he said, and even takes courses about being an effective director. Another prominent aspect of his career with Chrysler, Nissan and Mitsubishi, is that he has been a proponent of bringing greater diversity to corporate boards. "I love giving back," he said. This altruism includes being a strong advocate for Latinos to gain a greater role in corporate governance. "They are now getting a lot of opportunities, but not enough yet," he said. Diaz recalled that when he joined Mitsubishi Motors North America its board was ten percent diverse. "When I retired it was fifty percent diverse, including multiple women on the board." he said. "Every time that I brought a person of diversity on board it was a proud moment," he remembers. Diaz, who grew up in heavily Hispanic San Antonio, found that his ethic background helped him achieve his goal of board membership. During his career he had a lot of interaction with boards, especially when he was a Chrysler CEO, so he decided when he was in his late 40's to take a shot at sitting on one. Diaz put out some feelers and eventually Spencer Stuart, contacted him and as it worked out he was given an opportunity to get a board seat.


"Most boards that are progressive, like the SiteOne board, naturally want someone with a great executive presence, an operational background, someone who has run a company. They are also looking to have greater diversity," he said. He fit the bill on all counts. Diaz considers that his board experience has been an evolving one. Initially, there was the learning process in terms of differentiating between being a CEO and running a company and the oversight role of being a director. Diaz said the help he received from board members in making the adjustment to his new role was "fantastic." For his part, Diaz said he is making sure that in giving advice he understands the nuances of what is happening and can be articulate about the subject. "Your experiences definitely add to the conversation," he said. In addition, Diaz makes sure he is well prepared for board meetings and said; education "is the foundation of not wanting to be just mediocre." Diaz is a fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors and is currently studying for his NACD director’s certification, which he said should make him an even more of a well-rounded board director. One of the growing priorities that Diaz sees for company boards is ESG: Environmental Social Governance. Companies have focused their efforts to show stakeholders and shareholders that they are committed to this growing concern and to taking care of their employees. Like the one recently created at Smith & Wesson, in which he is part of.


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IT IS ABOUT HEART, SOUL AND MIND In October, she will achieve her second anniversary as a member of the board of directors of McKesson, the nation's largest drug distributer and a major player in the healthcare industry. FOR MARTINEZ, Chief Operating Officer at hardware giant Cisco Systems, holding a governance position at company ranked number seven in the Fortune 500, is a major personal accomplishment that also singularly notable in that it comes at a time when women and Hispanics remain underrepresented on company boards. Martinez is one of three women on the nine-member McKesson board. With a 35-year career in leadership positions in various technology enterprises, she brings to the healthcare giant is an abundance of an attribute, experience, that she says Hispanics need to acquire before they can create more opportunities to be chosen company directors. "One of the problems of the past is that boards like experienced people," said Martinez who joined Cisco Systems, the number 63 company in the Fortune 500, as a high-level executive in April 2018 and has held executive positions at industry leaders such as Salesforce, Microsoft, Motorola, and AT&T. While the disparity in Hispanics and women obtaining board seats persists, Martinez is encouraged about the outlook for these groups. She said the timing is right now for more of these people to reach this pinnacle of business leadership. "Boards are a lot more interested and a lot more shareholders are demanding diversity on boards," she said. Martinez, who holds a bachelor's degree in in electrical engineering from the Universidad de Puerto Rico and a master's degree in computer engineering from Ohio State University, emphasizes that education is important for anyone looking to serve on a company board. She points institutions such as Stanford University who are now helping people for a governance opportunity. "Try to learn enough about it (board service} that you can convince some board to take you." she said, with the previse that this process does take time and boards know that it may have to spend a few months training you, and they will." Being board director, Martinez has found, is very different from being a company executive and was "the biggest transitions" of her career.

"It was a learning experience that I wanted to have," she said. "I did not know if I would like it, I am so hands on, but the board has really taught me how to be an advisor." What Martinez has learned is that a board position requires a different kind of skills from being an executive. This includes know what to say and when to be a hands-off director, she said, "but you have to be close enough to keep an eye on things" and responsibly in represent shareholders. "You have to ensure that that company is going in the right direction and your leadership team is doing the right thing," the McKesson board member explained, and this means knowing how to really influence the direction of the company and to give the leadership team enough space to do it their way. As an executive, Martinez said holding a board seat has been helpful because she sees how decisions get made, and the importance of the different aspects of a company's operation. "I have learned a lot about finance, audits and all compensation aspects at the executive level in much broader way," said Martinez who is on the McKesson finance and governance committees. She also has become more cognizant of what the board cares about, so she can now make that a priority. During her decades of executive work, Martinez has thought a lot about leadership style and breaks it down to three elements: heart, soul and mind. Heart, “is caring about people, empathy for people and trying to play to their strengths and to make them become part of your team." Soul is the compassion you contribute. "You must have a have strong vision for where you want to go and have everyone passionate about that." Mind consists of the knowledge, the skills and the technical aspect of the job, the Cisco executive said. "For years, I always thought that mind was more important," Martinez said, "but now, after being around for a long time and trying different ways, I now think it is heart."



Maria Martinez was presented in August 2021 with the Latino Leaders Maestro Award for entrepreneurship.


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“JUST KEEP TRYING” THIS QUESTION lays bare my life as an American that comes from a courageous and proud Cuban family. I have grown in business and have earned positions where I have an opportunity to influence and lead, I was raised to be bold, unafraid, and proud of my choices – a golden thread of consistency in my career. I have always focused on moving quickly past individual successes and working hard to change the root cause of biases and inequities.

DON’T GET STUCK AND WASTE TIME ON AN OUTCOME THAT HAS COME AND GONE. When the institutional informal network is way more powerful and complicated than my initial assessment, I devise a way out of that tight box and I make sure to flatten the sides and allow for greater acceptance of a broader and inclusive perspective. Not always easy, and yes, I have had setbacks. But I simply believe that if I (we) are being blocked or minimized, for irresponsible reasons such as ignorance or biases, and I cannot break through those barriers initially, then just like a failed experiment, the best tactic is to regroup, and reassess – find another angle. Don’t get stuck and waste time on an outcome that has come and gone. Prepare better for the next round and build on learnings that continues to flatten the box. I will finish my reflection with this: we have a lot of work to do in America for our people, and those of us that have leadership roles, need to pay it forward – and make a difference in a life or many lives.


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Fastly is proud to celebrate Aida Álvarez. We thank Aida for her invaluable insights, wise counsel, and commitment to outstanding guidance as a member of our board.

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RECENTLY RETIRED president and managing director of General Motors de México, Ernesto M. Hernandez, sees the business world "with no boundaries, with no borders." One manifestation of this trend is how businesses are run through global boards. There is an increased value placed on diversity, "diversity of thought," Hernandez observes. The international vision and experience that Hernandez, who is a graduate of a major public university in Mexico, brings to the table has helped him gain seats on four company boards. “A Mexican national running an international company, with relevant experience in Latin America," he said. "We Latinos can and know how to do big things". Hernandez sees a future in which the value of people like him in governance will increase as ESG trends and workplace shifts in global companies expand the vision needed to be a successful corporate director. Ernesto M. Hernandez left General Motors in 2020 after spending his entire 40-year working career in this company, the last eight as President and Managing Director of GM Mexico. He came to GM out of the Instituto Politecnico Nacional in Mexico City with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. "Half of my career was in the nutsand-bolts side of the house," he said, and included engineering, manufacturing, planning, and purchasing. He acquired a well-rounded education which included an MBA from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) and a MSc degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Hernandez would eventually turn to marketing, sales and service and became vice president of General Motors in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. When he was appointed president in 2011, he became the first Mexican national to run this company. The first opportunity to be a corporate director came in 2014 when Hernandez accepted Constellation Brands invitation to join its board and got the green light from GM. New York based Constellation is a major wine, beer and spirits producer and retailer and its beer portfolio features several foreign brands, including Mexican imports Corona and Modelo. Today, the retired GM executive's resumé features directorships in two Mexican companies, DINE and Grupo KUO. Hernandez crossed another border when he received a seat on the board of Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. a Canadian manufacturer of snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles, and personal watercraft. During his ongoing tenure on corporate boards, Hernandez has found that his ability to run an entire region for GM has been a big asset. His experience in the technical, commercial, and financial aspects of a major business, and his responsibility for P&L, were paramount. In various ways, Hernandez also is a harbinger of the new global director having held several international roles for GM, dealing with different "employees, unions, governments, suppliers, and distributors, among other stakeholders." What Constellation Brands judged, Hernandez said, "is

that my experience in this region would be valuable because they have a big manufacturing footprint in Mexico," he said. With BRP, Hernandez, enjoys a front row look at a business that fascinated him because of "the variety of amazing products they have." The Canadian board values his background as it relates to the technical aspects of design and manufacturing of the products they offer. Hernandez expects international boards to gradually change to include directors that represent people in the different regions and countries where they have operations more closely. "In that sense," he said, "I am probably a good representative of the people in Mexico, in Latin America”. Hernandez also shares important insights "to navigate the specific ways of doing business in Mexico”, which can be valuable to a company operating there. “I am able to provide recommendations in how to approach problems and in the way we run operations", he said. Looking forward, Hernandez points to "the changes the pandemic has advanced, and a lot of political and social movements all over the world" as part of a reality in which running businesses through global boards will become the new norm. Moreover, as the world of work and business relations becomes borderless, Hernandez said, "having the right people serving on the boards aids to the success of these companies in different countries." Another factor, Hernandez sees acquiring greater eminence is the migration of office work thanks to technology, creating greater opportunities for more people wanting to participate in global positions. Hernandez said a major challenge comes from the different ways of “misrepresenting globalization”. He asserts that "a global enterprise makes sense because it creates job opportunities for people in many different regions and countries. Opportunities that would otherwise be absent or lost". Another trend that Hernandez sees emerging in a new environment is leaders becoming more conscious about the importance of understanding biotechnology, big data, etc. "This pandemic is but a sample of what could happen”, he said. Still, he is optimistic because humanity has been able to adopt to many different changes and this will not be the exception. “But certainly, we are living in strange times.” Two things, however, remain constant for Hernandez, a devoted family man who has a son and daughter in their 30's. His golf game remains "lousy", and his grandson is the light of his life.



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LESSONS FROM A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE In an increasingly complex world, it has become "vital for corporations to understand their culture, and to truly differentiate themselves by being companies that always put the human being first," advises Javier Teruel, and essential to developing a successful culture, the former Colgate-Palmolive executive says, is recognizing the great value of diversity and inclusion.


JAVIER G TERUEL joined the Starbucks Coffee Company's board of directors in 2005, two years before he would retire from the multinational consumer products company Colgate-Palmolive. He started his career with Colgate in 1971 in Mexico City in a marketing and sales position. He then moved through various global markets, including Europe and the United States and had wrapped up in 2007 when he was vice chairman. After he retired, Teruel, who also is chairman of Alta Growth Capital, a private equity firm, would serve on the boards of Pepsi Bottling Group, the Nielsen Company and JC Penney. Today, he limits this role to only Starbucks. As a director, he has seen the relationship between boards and management evolve and that diversity and inclusiveness has increasingly proven beneficial to companies. To make this happen, he said each director should bring something unique and valuable to the board based on their own experiences, expertise, talents and personalities. For Hispanic directors "Sometimes it only is pure Latin American expertise and that is okay, he said, because many companies do a huge business in Latin America. Or it can be a deep understanding of the Hispanic consumer in the United States," he said, which "is very, very different than Latin American consumers." He affirmed there’s "no doubt" that he has provided perspectives to his boards that nobody else had. "Those include all the things I am. I can provide a perspective of Latin America and I also can provide a perspective of the Hispanic consumer in the U.S." said Teruel. "The companies that I served are global companies," he said, with significant business in Latin America. In many ways, Teruel's background as a Mexican and a senior executive, exemplifies the diversity that many companies need now and will need in the future to remain viable.


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Sixteen years ago, both Starbucks and Colgate Palmolive saw something in having Teruel on the former’s board that could benefit their companies. The Seattle-based coffee giant was looking for a board member with international and marketing experience and who had run significant businesses. Colgate viewed that a directorship would rather round their longtime employee as a senior executive. Colgate encouraged Teruel to accept the appointment which came in 2005 from Howard Schultz, who was the chairman and chief executive officer of Starbucks. For a director to be successful, Teruel said, two things must happen. "I always believed that being a director of a board is a huge honor and a huge responsibility." he said, "but it has to work both ways. You have to contribute significantly to that company and then the experience itself has to be of significant value to you." There are several factors that Teruel brings to a board that he sees are paramount in making this relationship valuable. "You have to bring a global perspective but take into account local differences and love the differences that are important," the Starbucks director said. This includes how you speak about benefits to consumers around the world and an awareness of the possible need to adjust product formulas like Colgate has done with the taste of its toothpaste in some geographies. In addition, local delivery practices have to be recognized, Teruel said. "In Latin America small mom and pop stores are very significant," he noted, and "in Mexico we have 800,000 to 1 million of these ‘changarros,’ but this is not a phenomenon in the United States or Europe." Companies also need to take into account differences in purchasing power, he said which for Hispanics in the United States is significantly higher than, for example, in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil or Guatemala. In addition to the increasing value of global expertise, Teruel during his 16 years on company boards, has seen the functioning between management and their boards progress significantly. "The interaction has become a lot more professional and a lot more participative, "he said, "and with my boards it has evolved into more of a full exchange of ideas versus being served a solution." The extent of this interaction depends a lot on personalities. "I have been very, very lucky to serve on boards where the CEOs have been very open to being participatory," Teruel said, but this is not the case with many companies where a stamp of approval is sought and there is less of a discussion. One of the needs that Teruel sees as vital is that many more boards seek diversity, not only in inclusion, but also as far as backgrounds, experiences and culture, but also raw talent and personal values and most importantly a significant participation of women and the younger generation. Those CEOs who embrace and tap into that diversity, he said, "have a stronger opportunity of succeeding and having their company succeed." To achieve this diversity, Teruel said, it depends in large part in how corporate governance committees and the CEOs drive this change.


"If you don't run processes where you ask your search firms to always bring you a fair representation of diverse talent, then you will not see a pool of diverse talent and will not see diversity in the board," he said. While board members like himself need to speak up, they also should recognize there is only so much you can push in one direction and that in the end it is management and not the board that actually run the business, Teruel said. "There is a place for you to advise and to ask the right questions and there is a place for you to step back and let management do what they have to do, what they think is right to do," he said. Teruel said he would start by having all the kinds of representations on the board, particularly African American, Hispanic and Asian members, and request loud and clear that they want to see what efforts are being made to bring diversity within the company and to make sure that there is a similar effort at the board level. "Every time we see a candidate for succession, even for CEO, we need to see a diverse slate of candidates and in any discussion about directors, the same." Teruel, who is a graduate of the Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City) and has an ISMP diploma from Harvard Business School finds that being a CEO today is a huge challenge. CEOs must deal with so many things and the world is changing so quickly, he said. If companies do not address security and the digital transformation, for example, they could die. "We have become much more sensitive and aware of how the world can put us on our knees because of factors such as COVID-19," Teruel said, adding "I admire very much companies that went all the way and did everything they could to save their company, their customers and their jobs, like Starbucks did." Moreover, Teruel said, "We have to be humane companies, much more connected to all our stakeholders – yes, directors in theory represent shareholders – but we have to represent all stakeholders and we have to do the right thing for our customers, for our employees, for our communities, for the environment, for the suppliers, for everyone that is a stakeholder in our company." The boards are becoming a place where these things are discussed and where strategies are valued in a broader sense, he said. JULY / AUGUST 2021 LATINO LEADERS 151

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A conversation about his experiences, visions and the need of developing future leaders. Latino Leaders: What are the main differences between serving as CEO and serving as a Board Director of a Corporation? Thaddeus Arroyo: I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to serve as the chief executive officer over several of AT&T’s communication business segments as well as on the Board of Directors for a variety of companies. Across each of these experiences, I’ve tried to bring perspective from my own career experiences to help shape and guide the direction of these organizations. In both the management and governance roles, I focus on the potential of strategy to improve topline and bottom-line performance of the company. The primary difference between serving in a management position versus in a governance oversight capacity as an independent board director is realized through the lens to which your respective skills and experiences are applied. In management, responsibilities focus more heavily on operational focus and execution, formulating the company’s strategy and priorities, and inspiring teams to excel by developing a common culture and vision. The board’s primary responsibilities are more centered around oversight and abiding by the principles of good corporate governance including fiduciary objective of long-term value creation. Board accountability and oversight is premised on the ability to be objective and distinct from management. Through the skills and contributions of individual directors, board directors must develop their own point of views to provide management meaningful strategic guidance.

sight to understanding the organization’s business and strategic priorities. This way of thinking ignites meaningful contributions that are critical to driving a high-level of performance across all parts of the business. It’s crucial that teams are empowered with the tools, processes and policies needed to effectively achieve their goals in an environment that nurtures an inclusive and consistent culture. I encourage my leadership teams to strive each day to foster a sense of belonging and empowerment across our organization as well as through our actions that impact the communities and customers that we support and serve. This mindset helps us internally by driving accountability and awareness that enables us to continue pushing the boundaries of innovation, and externally by growing deeper relationships with customers.

L.L: What are the main characteristics of a successful leader and which L.L: Across a large company, like AT&T, how do you leadership values are important in shaping a company’s future growth? ensure everyone is aligned to a consistent culture and T.A: I’ve found that the best rewards come through the biggest challenges. To priorities from the teams serving customers directly, to me, lifelong learning and being a successful leader go hand-in-hand. To help management teams to the C-Suite and Board? your company keep up with the speed at which technology is disrupting T.A: It’s important to establish a strong and focused and re-shaping virtually every aspect of business and society, leaders must foundation of priorities aligned to the company strategy commit to learning and growing every day. while investing in an intentional culture capable of driving Additionally, growth as a leader often coincides with new career moves. corporate success. Leaders must recognize and create Each change presents an opportunity to grow both professionally and a sustainable path forward for their teams to promote personally. Part of leading means taking on new challenges, embracing the disruptive thinking, and importantly, have a clear line of uncomfortable and stretching to expand your knowledgebase and abilities. 152 LATINO LEADERS JULY / AUGUST 2021

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Successful leaders must truly commit to trusting and learning from their teams as they execute and sometimes adjust strategies to create new value and velocity for their companies, customers, and stakeholders. And an instrumental element of this is building teams that reflect the markets they serve. Diverse teams bring different perspectives, which can help unlock new possibilities and higher degrees of innovation. Therefore, creating teams that represent diverse thoughts, approaches and understanding establishes an important pillar for a company’s future growth. A key part of being a leader is managing the moments that matter to your teams, customers and communities that you identify with and serve. It’s important to remember that success is often less about the individual and more about magnifying the strengths with the team. L.L: What actions do you think are needed to have more Latino Directors serving on C-Suite level of management or Board Director seats? T.A: The Hispanic community is the youngest and fastest-growing demographic in the nation and when we look toward the future, it’s clear that we are, and will continue to achieve a great deal for society. Hispanic

leaders continue to emerge as prominent figures throughout corporate America and all parts of our society. This community has a massive role and opportunity to enhance how people live, work and engage with one another. When thinking about the importance of diversity throughout an organization, at any level including leadership and board of director ranks, I’m often reminded of one of my favorite quotes. It comes from the National Center for Women in Information Technology, and it is “the idea you don’t have, is the voice you haven’t heard.” A diverse Board of Directors brings diversity of thought, approach and understanding critical to understand the diverse customer bases the companies they counsel serve. Different perspectives help define new possibilities. Embracing and fostering a diverse Board of Directors, leadership teams and workforce is not only the right thing to do, it´s simply good business. In fact, a 2018 study by the Boston Consulting Group found that companies with more diverse management teams have 19% higher revenue due to innovation. We must all challenge ourselves to ensure we’re developing future leaders that are able to offer diverse perspectives. It’s truly up to the current generation of leaders to not only shape the next wave of innovation, but to also influence the next generation of future leaders in this emerging, digitally-driven world. The Hispanic community is at the very core of our society’s transformative journey and I’m optimistic and confident in the Hispanic community is well equipped to lead now and into the future. JULY / AUGUST 2021 LATINO LEADERS 153

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As a member of the board of directors for food industry giant Archer Daniels Midland, he thinks the traditional role of company governance is evolving. A BOARD'S relationship with management and the dominance of chief executive and finance officers in the choice of directors is likely to persist, according to Sánchez. However, there is a movement toward greater attention to diversity – ethnic, gender and skill-sets – among those who sit at the table. Moreover, company boards are increasingly having to respond to a need to devote more attention to ESG: environment social governance. Socially responsible investors are looking for these factors in companies. Sánchez warns that companies that do not address ESG and ignore activists who raise these types of issues, "do it at their peril" and could have things forced on them such as board members who are not their choice. Under these circumstances, this is where there is likely to be more interest in candidates such as Francisco Sánchez, who may not fit the usual CEO or CFO profile for a directorship but adds diversity, as the son of Spanish immigrants and as a former White House administrator and internal trade specialist is familiar with public interest and public policy. "I may see things that others might not see because they are focused on the bottom line," Sánchez said. After five years with Obama, Sánchez decided to return to the public sector. In 2013, he became chairman and CEO of CNS Global Advisors, an investment firm based in Washington D.C., a position he still holds. He also wanted to be a corporate director for a company with an international focus. As he was leaving the White House in 2013, he met ADM's then CEO Patricia Woertz who saw him as a right fit to fill a director's seat. "They were looking for someone with international and government experience.” The next year, he joined the ADM board. It took more than two years before he felt he knew the company and could be valuable. Sánchez, who divides his time between Florida and Washington DC, serves on the board's sustainability committee and expresses pride that ADM is a good corporate citizen and doing everything it can to be a good steward of the en-

vironment. The company also has been looking for products that are sustainable and healthy under the company's current CEO, Juan Luciano. Sánchez said the ADM board is very different now than when he started. There are two women, one who is Afro-Latino (Debra Sandler), who both come from the marketing world, in the food business. A recent addition is an African American, who is a high-level executive at a big company who is not a CEO, but is experienced in global procurement which is important because ADM sells to 80 countries, On the benefit of board diversification, Sánchez cites both a positive impact on the bottom line and its help in spotting trends. "The fact that you have people who always aren't going to see things from the same perspective is a great value," he said, "People that bring different life experiences, different cultural experiences are going to help enhance where you are going." An awareness of trends, Sánchez explains, is a factor in how ADM is evolving. "The company that we are today is very different than eight years ago, and certainly very different than it was 20 years ago. Historically, ADM did four things," he said: "We processed agricultural commodities, stored them - big silos, we transported them by train, by ship by truck, and we traded them." For nearly all of the company's 110 years, these activities probably represented 95 percent or more of ADM's business, Sánchez says. "By 2025, 25 percent of our business is going to come from flavors, ingredients, creating products that come from making sustainable products, everything from plantbased foods to jet fuel." Looking forward the traditional role of a company board, that of setting a vision with senior management and approving a budget, will not change, Sánchez says, but he adds, "paying attention to the impact the company is having on the environment, paying attention to how they are contributing to diversity and inclusion, these issues are here to stay.


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Melanie Healey closed one chapter of her career when she left Procter and Gamble North America in 2015 after six years as group president, and opened another one she has found fascinating, being an independent director for four very different companies. Healey views her board membership as a way for her to contribute as well as hold a position of influence on a company and in an industry.

"I FELT THAT this is a place I could make a difference, could bring my experience to bear, but I also could make a difference in helping to develop board diversity, develop leadership talent pipelines across multiple companies, not just one," she said. What the Brazilian-born director brings to the table includes three decades of management experience which before P&G included marketing leadership roles for Johnson & Johnson and S.C. Johnson. One of the two primary reasons underlying her migration from management to governance in her post-P&G life is to satisfy a personal passion "to pursue stronger diversity across multiple boards and to importantly improve shareholder value because of that,” The other one, relates to a penchant for learning and to be intellectually challenged, explained Healey. "You get to see a lot of the dynamics across four different industries, focused obviously on the United States, but also an understanding about what is happening in the rest of the world," she said. "You go from retail focused on North America, to the hotel industry which is obviously global, to Verizon, a mostly a North America industry and to PPG which is global," she said. She also mentioned that being less familiar with some of these industries is a big plus "because it kind forces you to study." This was the case with Verizon where when she joined the board she admittedly did not know anything about wireless, cellular and broad band. "There was a lot that I had to learn," Healey said. On the other hand, Healey also can be instructive, including in sharing her perspective in what Latinos need to do to end their under representation on corporate boards. “The first thing is we have to continue to expose the reality," she said, and to underscore the facts, “…. Latinos, contribute $2 trillion to the gross national product. Also, 87 of the companies owned by Latinas, grew 87 percent, more than any other cohort out there, according to research; from 2007-2012”. However, she said, "then you go to board seats, and you say, there are only 1.1 percent Latinas on boards and four to five percent Latinos in general on boards, yet you have almost 20 percent of the U.S. population and 35 percent of households." What Latinos in general, can bring to boards, Healey said, is a perspective into the


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multicultural market in the United States that other people who have not lived that reality or can understand that population's culture, can't do. The number one solution to fixing this disparity is exposing the facts, Healey said. Also, Latino leaders need to find ways to draw attention to their population’s different diverse talents, "to take away the excuse there is no talent out there," Healey said. Meanwhile, Latino candidates in general need to network and to get out there, which in her case, she was able to at Fortune magazine summits which were great place to network with other board members, other CEOs. "People are more likely to put people on boards that they know," she said. "Finding ways to promote that interaction between CEOs and board directors with the best Latin talent out there in the country I think can be a powerful to way to eliminate any level of “uncomfort “they may have," she said. "Once they meet these people, they may say, 'Wow this person is amazing,' which cannot work when it is only on paper. "Healey's introduction to the world of governance, she said, offers a lesson in "you got to let people know what you want." Healey made it clear to executive search companies when they reached out to her during her career at P&G was that she did not want another management job, she wanted to serve on a board. Her first board opportunity came from Bacardi, a private company. Because of the spirit retailer's Latino background, she felt a sense of connection, she said, and she also was impressed with Bacardi's strong portfolio of brands. She had served on the Bacardi board for five years when her CEO at P&G said the company wanted her to sit on a public board as a way to develop professionally out a desire to get diversity at the top of the company. Healey could only sit on only one board while at P&G, so to serve on a public board she had to leave Bacardi, she said, a relationship which she "totally loved and enjoyed." Her move to Verizon was facilitated by a member of P&G board, who was then the CEO at Verizon Wireless which was looking for diverse talent for their board. This connection was made eleven years ago, and what Healey said came out of the Verizon experience is "that sometimes it does take your own CEO, your own board members to help the talent in their company to get the board experience. It doesn't just happen through executive search companies."

The oversight role that comes with being a board member, Healey said, entails several responsibilities. "We have to make sure the processes are in place which enable management to do their jobs and to do it in an effective and ethical manner," she said. Another focus is on CEO succession and making sure the company has the right leadership. This relates to the development of talent in general, making sure that these people are compensated in a way that helps them be motivated and retains them in the company, she said. Another board responsibility is to ensure that the company has a strategy that delivers on the goals that shareholders expect. Currently, shareholders are becoming increasingly focused on "making sure that boards are addressing diversity and inclusion, climate change, and sustainable practices, she said. This Includes a greater interest in ESG, environmental social governance. Healey said boards are really beginning to decouple the three, the E, the S, the G, and where that falls in their committees, to provide oversight on these elements and to make sure they are tied into strategy. For anyone considering a board seat, Healey emphasizes, doing your homework. "Do not let yourself be surprised," she said, "because if you join the wrong board, it can really suck you in in a way you don't want to be brought in." Healey said it is important to choose companies that run their business in an ethical fashion, where the other board members are excellent directors, strong and have good reputations. "Make sure the CEO has a good reputation and cares about diversity and inclusion," she said.



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A LEADER IS DEVOTED TO GUIDING ORGANIZATIONS THROUGH FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE. During his 20 years at the global consultants McKinsey and Company he advised media companies through what he described as an era of fundamental discontinuity in their industry.


hen it was on to the Ford Foundation where he served six years as president, guiding the organization through fundamental changes in its structure and redefining itself around social justice issues. Today, Ubiñas devotes his time to being an investor, advisor and member of several corporate and non-profit boards. Two things that are important in this governance role, Ubiñas said. One relates to technology. "What every board needs to understand that we are period of fundamental change, in every area and aspect of the business," Ubiñas said. Number two, he expects the growth of the Latino population to have a great impact on corporate management and governance. He cites the 2020 Census results which show this group growing to 20 percent of the U.S. population versus 13 percent a decade earlier. He also noted that Latinos will represent 70 percent of the growth in household formation over the next decade but only represent about

three percent of board membership. His expectation: "If you have a CEO, a C-suite or board devoid of Latinas or Latinos the likelihood of you being able to make good decisions about the community that is going to be the central driver in growth in the next generation are low." Ubiñas' interest in board service grew from his work with McKinsey. "I spent decades helping CEOs make decisions, giving them additional information, advice, working with them in myriad ways," he said. Meanwhile, his gained was an understanding of how boards drive change, including the hiring of CEOs, approval of major decisions changes in strategy. Ubiñas saw that with the economy going through fundamental change that that he what he wanted to do is work with organizations that mattered in different ways and what is a driving force for management is the role of boards. As he looks at the huge responsibilities that board faces he sees two major challenges. One relates to wireless and the advent of 5G and the faster speeds in mobility. "I can't

imagine a board that shouldn't be dealing with issues of connectivity of consumers who no longer have to come to you or have the capacity to gather data in ways that have never done before," he said. He advises that companies will need to find people who in some cases were born into technology and who understand them intuitively. Issue two, Ubiñas said, and something he has been speaking about for years, it that the Census has confirmed is that the country has become a vastly different place. This includes the impact of a growing Latino population and what it is doing, such as attending college more and building businesses more than the average American. "We are going to have to find ways," Ubiñas suggests, "to create leadership pipelines so that companies in their governance and nonprofits all can begin to have decision makers at the table who can bring an intuitive understanding of the community that will drive this country's growth for the coming generation. The third issue, Ubiñas identified is the "growing disparity in economic outcomes, the erosion in the capacity of a typical middle-class person to live a good life, to consume, to get health care, to send kids to colleges that they can afford" has become a business issue. He recognizes many businesses are taking action in this regard, establishing corporate minimum wages and other kinds of things that say their well-being is tied to the well-being of their workers. Still, he noted, "We are in a period when a lot of learning has to be done." People who want to serve on a board should respect that this is a position of deep trust and also a position of deep responsibility. "At the end of the day the thing that is really required is judgement, he said, "the judgment that comes from a deep interest in the organization and the company, a background in what the company does." For Ubiñas the seminal question is why do you want to be on a board, on the board of this kind of company and are you ready to engage in way that is fundamental. There also should be humility, Ubiñas said, in that is senior management, not the board, that runs the company and is responsible for day-to-day management. Board members should not be there, he said, "for their own benefit or for any other reason that is self-involved and self-interested."


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YVETTE MELÉNDEZ is a former healthcare policy executive, with more than as demographic shifts, exponential changes in technology, 30 years of experience leading large government agencies, educational institutions hyper transparency, geopolitical instability and increased and non-profit organizations. She has served on the boards of directors of various social activism, making the role of the Corporate Director local, national and international organizations. She was appointed to the Board ever more challenging. Board Trustees/Directors must of Regents for Higher Education in 2011 and serves as the board’s vice chair, and employ heightened engagement in its oversight and utilize a member of the board's Human Resources & Administration and Executive their skills and commitment to the company to provide Committees. She is board chair of The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, meaningful advice to executive management that will assess and vice chair of the State Board of Regents for Higher Education. Meléndez risk and ensure company success. holds a bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and a master's in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Latino Leaders: Which should be the top priorities for a Corporate Trustee/Director to maximize efficiency and Latino Leaders: How did your journey as a Board Trustee/Director begin? support the Board/Company? Yvette Melendez: My engagement as a Trustee/Director began early in my YM: Board members' priorities should focus on some estabcareer with my involvement in the nonprofit sector where I served on varlished roles and responsibilities such as CEO evaluation and ious boards ranging from national and international advocacy, the arts (as succession planning, strategic oversight, risk oversight, and a museum trustee), philanthropic foundations, and higher education. I saw board governance and effectiveness. However, the current these as not only opportunities for civic engagement, but as a way to bring shifting environment and responses to the pandemic, demy voice as a Latina to important social, cultural, and public institutions. I mand that board members also focus on enterprise resilienbelieve that the voice of a board director can have profound influence on cy, workforce transformation, and that they lead on issues of corporate policy, strategy, and impact. My broad multi-sector career led me diversity, equity, and inclusion. The onset of the pandemic to want to have this same influence on corporate strategy and success. has accelerated operational changes and the way companies must do business and how board members engage. It has Latino Leaders: How different/challenging is the role of a Corporate brought about tremendous opportunities for enhanced Director, as opposed to being a C-Suite executive? collaboration with management on key board priorities. YM: The board and its directors have traditionally had overall responsibilFor the coming years, board members will continue to face ity for overseeing strategy, company performance, approving policy, and demands for talent acquisition, innovative thinking, diverse maintaining the interests of external stakeholders. Executive management competencies, and stronger governance practices. Boards has been accountable for operational performance, decisions, and policy need to address culture as a strategic asset, strategically preimplementation. This model is now more nuanced and complex for both pare for growth in an uncertain environment, and ensure the Corporate Director and the executive. Today, there are mega trends such that board effectiveness is a key priority for the company. 160 LATINO LEADERS JULY / AUGUST 2021

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LATINO BOARD DIRECTORS DIALOGUE He is a 32-year veteran of the IBM Corporation where held various senior executive and global general management roles. Sanchez rose from technical staff engineer to global leadership and strategy roles, developing expertise in strategy, R&D, supply chain operations, and mergers and acquisitions. He was instrumental in developing IBM’s early personal computers and, as head of the IBM ThinkPad business, spearheaded the formation of the Bluetooth industry consortium that made the technology ubiquitous. Sanchez also led the transformation and growth of a several global IBM divisions in the systems, storage, and semiconductors spaces, and oversaw the creation of several of the world’s most powerful supercomputer systems. After IBM, he was senior vice president of Lenovo Group Limited. He sits on the board of ACI Worldwide Inc, a global software company facilitating real-time electronics payments where he chairs the Compensation Committee, and Avnet Inc., a global electronic components and technology solutions sales & distribution company.


Latino Leaders: How did your journey as a board director/trustee. The role is equally Board Trustee/Director Begin? rewarding, but it is about advising, providAdalio Sanchez: My journey actually being guidance, and helping the company’s gan about seven years ago when I got a management identify issues and opportucall from a search firm about a board opnities – not managing. The board role is portunity at a global software company. about bringing to bear one’s vast business By that point in my career, I was a senior experience to help the company be successexecutive at IBM and had successfully ful, while representing the shareholders/ operated and transformed several large stakeholders in all their actions. complex global business divisions. It was the depth and breadth of my business Latino Leaders: Which should be the top and technical experiences that I suspect priorities for a Corporate Trustee/Dimade them reach out me. rector to maximize efficiency and support the Board/Company? Latino Leaders: How different/challeng- A.S. There are three very critical areas that ing is the role of a Corporate Trustare the primary focus of board directors/ ee/Director, as opposed to being a trustees. They are – strategy, financial C-Suite executive? performance and integrity, and talent. A.S.: The roles are actually very different. The board has to ensure that the strategy As a C-suite executive, one is trained to of the company is sound and that proper get into the fine details, operate and maninvestments are being made to achieve the age the business, and lead the company to long-term goals of shareholders and stakedrive shareholder value and stakeholder holders. The board also needs to provide success. Yet, the role of Director/Trustee is oversight to ensure financial commitnot about operating – but rather to reprements are delivered upon and with integsent the company’s shareholders and stakerity. Lastly, talent. The board is responsible holders, as well as provide governance and to ensure the company has the right senior oversight to company management. Very leadership and that it has the proper taldifferent roles and activities. Frankly after ent, workplace culture, and compensation so many years of being an operator, it took plans in place to achieve the strategy and me some time to transition to the role of goals of the organization. JULY/AUGUST 2021 LATINO LEADERS 161

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DURING her three decades of running companies in the technology and professional services area and as a corporate director, Ana Dutra has been a big exponent of continuous education After receiving a bachelor's and juris doctors degrees from Brazilian universities, Dutra demonstrated her commitment to ongoing learning at her first job with IBM in her native Brazil, in her pursuit of an MBA at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, throughout her career in management consulting and more recently as a board member for several companies. Dutra, who speaks English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, is a global board director for CME Group. She also on the boards of Harvest Health and Recreation, First Internet Bank, Elkay Manufacturing, Lifespace Communities and M. Holland Company. This education process, for Dutra continues as a board member. "The fact that I am an experienced corporate director does not mean that I stop studying and getting informed, said Dutra, who graduated Kellogg summa cum laude. "I have made a commitment to myself that every year I get a certification in something," she said. This year she is studying for a master's certification in corporate governance with the National Association of Corporate Directors (NCD). Another of Dutra's causes is related to who serves on a board; “The one thing that has been a constant throughout my entire life was passion for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and in particular, for Latinos and women of color," she said. Dutra said, there is a need "to see anyone who looks like you in leadership positions, to feel accepted, to feel included." Currently, she is on the Latino Corporate Directors Association's board and active with its Board Ready Institute. "We look for Latinos who are almost there, almost board ready, put them through the program and try to place them in boards," she said. Dutra leads the board diversity initiative of the Women's Business Collaborative. This role includes producing reports through a "a fantastic

partnership" with Equilar to gather corporate data and with Bolster to connect high-growth companies with trusted and flexible executive talent. She also is very active with the Women Empowerment Network whose mission is to empower Latinas throughout the Americas. "Diversity inclusion has to be intentional and has to be measurable and has to be lead from the top or otherwise it just doesn't work," Dutra said. She gives two primary reasons why there are not more Latinas and Latinos on boards. "The difficult part is called comfort zone," she said, and that people say if are going to have a woman, let’s have a woman that looks more like us." There also is the need to expand the pool of Latino candidates she said, so avoid recycling of the same people. "We want to see a high percentage of first-time directors because that is how we increase the pool of Latinas who are on corporate board," she said. Dutra makes it clear that when one of her companies selects a Latino they are not doing this for her or for her community. "You are doing this for your business, doing this your employee community, your customers community, your suppliers, your investors, your partner communities," she said. "We are the segment in the U.S. economy that is growing the fastest, so when you make that decision, it is also is a good business decision because it increases innovation, because it increases different ideas, it increases your presence in different communities that you may not have." Dutra recognizes directors face "a plate full of issues." Some are circumstantial and are related to the moment such as how to deal with the pandemic and its ancillary effects on getting people back to work. Boards are also paying a lot of attention to cyber security and digital transformation. Then there are what Dutra calls the surface issues that have always been there. This includes dealing with succession before there is a crisis, debt in general and how to protect the supply chain during a natural disaster. Meanwhile, she said the pace of Latino inclusion on boards is slow but faster than it was ten or twenty years ago. Working with Equilar, Dutra saw that over the last six months more women were getting board seats with public companies but among women of color most seats went to African American and Asians. "For Latinas, the numbers are still dismal," she said. "If we want (and need) to see more Latinos on boards, and we are doing everything we can, but people need to do their part too such as learning about what boards do," Dutra said. The last thing we want on a board is a Latino who is not a strong or effective director," the diversity advocate said, "then people say, 'you see we tried this person here and it didn't work.'"


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WHEN THREE-YEAR-OLD Ángel Martinez came to the South Bronx with his grandmother's sister in 1958, this move was to be a temporary and devoted to his education. He was supposed to fly to Havana each summer but after the Castro takeover in 1959 and Ángel would not see his parents or siblings for 34 years. But what he did see was that as a Cuban, he has benefited from that culture's exhortation about education and, like most immigrants, valued the U.S. offering endless opportunity. "You get prepared, decide what you want to do, and you go out and do it, and work your butt off to do it." His life path would take in at the age of 13 to California where he later attended the University of California at Davis. He ran track and cross country, earning All-American status. After he graduated he made up his mind to have a running shoe store and would manage one of the first in the U.S. for Runners World. Then came a 21-year career with Reebok where he also headed the Rockport division. In 2003, he started and ran a brand called Keen Footwear, a toe protection sandal, for two years. After retiring as Reebok's chief of marketing and settling in Santa Barbara, California, Martinez was recruited by nearby Deckers Outdoor Corporation, and became CEO of the footwear company known for UGG, HOKA ONE, Teva and other brands. "I have managed to sell a lot of shoes and built some great brands," said Martinez who retired again in 2016 and spent a year as board chairman. A big part of his success is recognition that footwear is different from other consumer products. "It is very personal, it is function based as well as cosmetic as well as psychological," Martinez said. “Women are the biggest market and are interested in style, color trend, and even the season.” Watching his wife doing aerobics, Martinez noticed the women were barefoot or wearing bulky, ugly running shoes, although the rest of their outfits were coordinated. Reebok would produce an aerobic shoe which combine a running shoe, with a dancewear-like slipper

that made the foot look smaller and came in fashion colors, Martinez said. While at Deckers, he was asked to join boards but did not want to do more than one because of the demands of his job. That one is Tupperware and he remained on its board for 20 years. Martinez also was recruited and appointed in 2017 a director for Korn Ferry, which he describes as "the top company in world for advice and consulting across a whole variety of human resource requirements." This year, Martinez became an independent director for Genesco, another retailer of footwear and accessories. This governance role, Martinez said, "is exactly right up my alley – I love organization building and I love brand building." With Korn Ferry, Martinez is impressed by the company's CEO Gary Burnison. He has a vision for a brand and knows how to bring clarity to what a brand is, he said. "You have to have strong brand, you have to stand for something you have to bring added value so that people trust what your brand represents, willing to invest in it and see it as something they must have," he said. A second part of that, Martinez said, is people. "Every company consists of people, and people want to perform, want to to be successful, to be proud of where they work and what they do," he said. The job of a CEO and a board, Martinez said, is "to keep creating pathways through which people could be more and more successful." He explained, "I did not intend to build Deckers into a $2 billion company, however, I intended for everyone in the company to succeed because they were passionate for what we were doing together." Martinez also stresses inclusion. "The reason is that as a company you want to bring in as many perspectives as you possibly can in order to achieve your business goals," he said. "I think companies now see that…that is reality and they are bringing folks on the board who can help that inclusive approach to business, which is permanent, we are not going back," he said. Martinez, who insists that people pronounce his name Ángel, said Latinos who are in business at any level of success need to understand, Martinez said, that they have a right to be on boards and to have an opportunity to make a difference. "Don't sell yourself short and learn what it takes to be a contributing board member. Bring something to the party so that actually we can get this corporate world changed in the direction that is more human." He finishes. JULY /AUGUST 2021 LATINO LEADERS 163

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These Executive Members represent senior executives ready to serve on corporate boards of publicly-traded and private companies. As members, these senior executives are able to benefit from programming offered by LCDA's affiliated foundation, Latino Corporate Directors Education Foundation (LCDEF), including its premiere BoardReady Institute (BRI) whose curriculum is designed to prepare and position highly credentialed Latino executives and national leaders for corporate board service. Carlos Aguilar, PhD

President & Chief Executive Officer, Texas Central Partners


General management, project finance and execution executive with over 30 years of experience managing power, transport, and other large industrial projects ranging from airports to multi-billion dollar power and petrochemicals facilities.

Carmen Allen


Former Executive Director-IBM Research-TJ Watson Research Center, IBM

Accomplished technology futurist and a global operations senior executive with over 25 years of experience consulting to large and small companies in telecommunications, high tech and healthcare.

Alex Alvarez

Chief Production and Sustainability Officer, Brown-Forman


Seasoned manufacturing and supply chain executive with expertise in product innovation, engineering, safety, quality, and environmental sustainability.

Daisy Auger-Dominguez Chief People Officer, VICE Media


Strategic, global C-suite human capital executive and inclusive expert focused on making workplaces more equitable and inclusive.

Martha Bernadett, MD

Former EVP-Research and Innovation, Molina Healthcare


Co-Founder/Managing Partner, Avivar Capital


Impact investing executive with over 20 years of experience in the fields of finance and investment management.

JoAnn Chavez

Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, DTE Energy


Senior financial and legal executive with over 30 years of experience assisting publicly held companies grow their businesses worldwide.

John China

Division President-SVB Capital, SVB Financial Group


Growth and transformation financial services leader focused on supporting entrepreneurs and startups at their earliest stages.

Celeste De Armas

Chief Executive Officer, RiskRator/President, CSMB International

Former Partner/Americas Head of Execution Services, Goldman Sachs


Seasoned financial services leader with a a robust history of building high-performing teams and driving business growth.

Martha Escutia

Accomplished legal and regulatory senior executive and former legislator influencing change in technology, energy, environment and water industries.

Dean Florez


Financial services and consumer-centric leader with proven experience in C-Suite roles across fintech, regulatory compliance, food & beverage and marketing.

Rodrigo Garcia


Former Deputy State Treasurer/Chief Investment Officer/Chief Financial Officer, Illinois State Treasurer

C-level investment executive with proven leadership ability in asset management and sustainable / impact investing.


Vice President-Government Affairs & Special Counsel, Univ. of Southern California/Former California State Senator


Board Director, California Air Resources Board/Former Senator-16th District, California State Senate

Seasoned government relations professional with over three decades of experience and prior service in the California Legislature with a focus in air quality, environmental, and highly regulated industries.

Yvonne Garcia


Chief of Staff to CEO/Global Head of Internal Communications, State Street Corporation

Global corporate and national civic leader deploying cuttingedge technology and operational processes solutions for Fortune 100 companies in the financial sector.

Nichol Garzon-Mitchell

SVP & General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, Glass Lewis & Co.


Strategic and trusted legal advisor to C-suite and board of directors focused on legal, compliance, and regulatory matters in global technology and financial services space.

Indrani M. Franchini


Executive Vice President/Chief Compliance Officer, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Legal executive with extensive experience developing and building the infrastructure and company-wide standards for global compliance programs in pharmaceuticals, healthcare, and industrials.

Family physician, health innovator and digital transformation evangelist committed to health equity.

Tina Castro

Michele Docharty

Marcos Gabriel

Chief Transformation Officer, McCormick & Company


International finance executive with more than 25 years of experience in consumer products, multi-national companies and private-equity portfolio businesses.

Isaura Gaeta

Vice President-Security Research-Intel Product Assurance and Security Engineering, Intel Corp.


Global technology executive with deep governance, security engineering, and technology research expertise in Fortune 50 companies.

Deborah Gallegos


Former Chief Investment Officer, New York City Employees' Retirement System (NYCERS)

Seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience in portfolio management, investment consulting, and pension fund administration.

Carlos Garcia, Jr.

Former Chief Strategy Officer/Head of M&A, AM General LLC


Business executive, co-founder and angel investor with proven experience leading strategic digital transformation efforts globally for Fortune 50, mid-market, Private Equitybacked, and startup companies.


Senior executive with extensive financial, strategic and operating experience in Private Equity and Fortune 100 companies including consumer products, automotive, and industrials.

Luis Demetrio Gomez Chief Executive Officer, Wellmark


P&L leader, C-Suite executive and integrations specialist leading publicly-held and Private Equity-backed manufacturing and industrial companies worldwide.

Marcos Gonzalez

Founder & Managing Partner, VamosVentures


Global private equity, venture and angel investor focused on impact investing of companies led by Hispanic and diverse founders in the US.

JC Gonzalez-Mendez

Former President-Latin America, McDonald's Corporation


Global and commercial focused senior executive, with a versatile, multi-disciplinary career in food & beverage, philanthropy, and ESG.

Mauro Gregorio

President-Performance Materials & Coatings, Dow Inc.

Former Chief Information Officer/Partner, Alvarez & Marsal Holdings, LLC

Claudia Gast


Fortune 500 industrials operations executive providing innovative solutions to global markets in infrastructure, transportation, electronics, as well as home and personal care.

Eduardo Hauser

Chief Executive Officer, Gem Shopping Network


Technology and media innovator developing and building businesses and products in media, technology and consumer spaces across domestic and international geographies.


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Maria Johnson


Vice President-Third Party Channel-Latin America, Boston Scientific Corp.

International executive with extensive experience in finance, general management, channel partner management, and marketing within healthcare and medical device sectors.

Roman Leal

Managing Partner, LEAP Global Partners


President & Chief Executive Officer, Penserra


Diversified financial services executive with extensive experience in investment management and advisory, finance, accounting, risk management and strategic planning.

Sara Manzano-Diaz

Former COO/CFO, Charles Schwab Investment Management


Experienced operations and finance executive with a demonstrated history of leading investment management organizations through significant growth and expansion.

Serial entrepreneur, with over 10 years of experience in product, operations and strategy in social networking, education and financial technology sectors.

Jorge Madrigal



Ricardo (Ric) Perez


Former President/Chief Operating Officer, Westinghouse Electric Company

Accomplished executive leader with a successful career in electricity markets, engineering businesses, and critical infrastructure management in both the private and public sectors.

Diego Rodriguez

Former Executive Vice President/Chief Product & Design Officer, Intuit


Leading-edge product executive focused on end-to-end customer experiences, product management and design.

Miguel Roggero

Senior executive leader and expert in government affairs, global regulatory compliance, risk management, labor relations with experience directing large, complex businesses in real estate, information technology, and healthcare.

Multi-dimensional executive with multicultural, Latinx, growth, and turnaround experience with leading media, technology and CPG organizations.

Claudia Marmolejo


Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer-Client Development Group and Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley

Wealth management, legal/compliance and operations executive with over 20 years of experience in leading financial institutions.

Maria Montano

President/CEO, Gerber Childrenswear LLC


Highly accomplished retail and consumer products executive with a drive for leading businesses that deliver best in class products and experiences to consumers.

Ileana Musa

Managing Director/Co-Head-International Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley


Domestic and international financial services leader focused on growing cross-border wealth management businesses.

Mark Nazario

Experienced general management and operations executive in the automotive industry with a focus in customer retention and engagement.


President & CEO, Padilla NetWorks LLC/Former Global Senior Director-Public Policy & Government Relations, General Motors

Global public policy, strategic planning and issues management expert on domestic and international business matters leading in the automotive and transportation sector.

Paulo Pena

Global Chief Operating Officer, Selina


Chief Communications & Brand Officer, Westinghouse Electric Company

Communications and crisis management executive leveraging marketing and communications vehicles to generate revenue, drive a growth-minded culture and create positive brand and corporate identities.

Anelise Sacks

Chief Customer Officer, Analog Devices


Technology executive with P&L experience providing leadership, vision and strategic direction to geographically dispersed organizations.

Carlos Schuler


Chief Operations & Technology Officer/Co-Founder, InCarda Therapeutics Inc.

Seasoned engineering executive with over 25 years of technical management experience in multiple areas including biopharma and healthcare.


Vice President-Guest Experience & Retention, Toyota Motor North America

Orlando Padilla


Marta Ronquillo Newhart


Global executive with experience in operations, strategy, finance, commercial, business development, real estate, and hospitality.

Luis Solana


Former SVP-Americas Supply Chain & Logistics (Chief Supply Chain Officer), Bridgestone Americas

Senior executive with more than 25 years in end-to-end supply chain management leading large transformations, globally and in region, in a variety of industries including consumer products and industrials.

Tom Soto

Founder/Managing Partner, Diverse Communities Impact Fund (DCIF)


Leading investor in the impact sector and a pioneering voice in the diversity in fund management, environmental & technology movement.

Adam Sragovicz

Chief Financial Officer, Presidio Property Trust


International, public company finance executive with extensive experience in treasury, financial risk management, mergers & acquisitions and capital raising.

Former Florida/Puerto Rico Lead, Ernst & Young


Global business leader and financial expert with over 30 years of public accounting experience spanning the consumer/retail, hospitality, transportation, and international banking sectors.

Hernan Tabah

Senior Vice President & Chief Digital Officer, Altria


Technology leader with extensive technology, digital, marketing and strategy experience from consumer packaged goods industries.

Lauren S. Tashma


Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Graphic Packaging International, LLC

Fortune 500 legal and risk management executive with a successful history of addressing complex legal and operational issues within publicly-held companies in domestic and international consumer and B2B markets.

Former CEO/Regional Administrator-Mid-Atlantic Region, General Services Administration (GSA)

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Fuse Media, Inc.

Oscar Suarez

Rachel ten Brink


General Partner/Co-Founder, Red Bike Capital/Co-Founder/Former Chief Marketing Officer, Scentbird

Experienced operator, early-stage tech investor and board member with strong expertise in E-commerce enablement, consumer technology, consumer brands, D2C, subscription, wellness/beauty and femtech.

Olga Torres

Managing Member, Torres Law, PLLC


Global legal expert practicing in the areas of international trade and national security law, anti-corruption compliance, and customs matters.

Daniel Trujillo

Former EVP, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Walmart


Global executive with thirty years of global experience in governance, ethics, compliance and legal departments.

Robert Otto Valdez, Ph.D., MHSA


Former Executive Director-Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health

Internationally recognized scientist and expert in public and community health with over 30 years executive and board leadership experience in healthcare, higher education, and philanthropy.

Steven Wolfe Pereira


Chief Executive Officer, Encantos/Former Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Quantcast

Emmy-nominated executive producer, named by Adweek as one of the “50 Most Indispensable Executives in Marketing, Media and Tech” as well as one of the top Chief Marketing Technology Officers.

Natalia Woodward

Vice President and Treasurer, Southern California Edison


Public utilities finance executive with expertise in corporate financial planning, capital governance and asset analytics, financing, treasury operations, investment management and credit risk.

Benjamin Yrun Ostapuk

Vice President-Intellectual Property-Legal Group, Intel Corporation


Fortune 100 patent litigation executive experienced in the technology sector.


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Throughout a forty-year banking career, Richard Carrión has firmly established his credentials as a top-level business executive through his success in adapting technology and extending the brand and market reach of Popular Inc., the parent company of Banco Popular de Puerto Rico and Popular Bank. By Bill Sarno


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THE PUERTO RICO native's leadership also has impacted the sports world as a board member and negotiator for the International Olympic Committee. At Popular Inc., which is based in the Hato Rey section of San Juan, Richard Carrión currently holds the title of chairman of the Board of Directors of Popular, a function assumed in 2017 after more than 20 years as the multinational financial conglomerate’s chairman of the board and chief executive officer. Carrión is the third generation of his family to lead Banco Popular, continuing a 90-year family dynasty that was started by his grandfather Rafael Carrión Sr. and continued by his father Rafael Jr. Today, Popular Inc. is the biggest Hispanic bank in the United States. In 1961 the company opened its first office outside of Puerto Ric, in New York City, subsequently has developed presence across the nation and in the Caribbean and Central America. Banco Popular debuted in 1893 while Puerto Rico was still a Spanish colony and was centered on what Richard Carrión calls a "social idea," to be a bank for the community. In the late 1920s, Rafael Carrión Sr. bought a majority of the bank and " gave the bank a character which still lasts to this day," his grandson said. "We have about 1,700,000 clients here in Puerto Rico, we have lots of accounts, lots of small accounts and that is really what we strive for," Carrión said. At the same time, Richard Carrion's commitment to the bank's historical role encompasses dedication to his father's philanthropic legacy is embodied the Fundacion Banco Popular. This foundation is very active in Puerto Rico and is known for its work to provide educational opportunities and improve the lives of the island's people. What Carrión said has really driven him is "this consciousness that we are here to make things better, and that if communities don't prosper, the bank doesn't prosper. "We have always had a function in the community, whether it is enhancing the social, the economic welfare of the communities that we serve or contributing to music, arts and sports which are very important to the definition of our culture." Carrion's business accomplishments have brought him membership on several corporate and charitable boards. He also has become a major player in the sports world as a member of the International Olympics Committee for several decades. He has negotiated several billion dollars in television rights packages for the IOC.


This year, Richard Carrion was presented with the Latino Leaders Maestro Award for entrepreneurship. The road that lead Carrión to the pinnacles of the banking and sports worlds was greatly influenced, he said, by "coincidences that at the time didn't seem so unimportant but ended up making a big change or opening up new dimensions." One these game-changing moments came

"I ALWAYS FELT THAT NO MATTER WHAT I DID I WOULD ALWAYS BE MY GRANDFATHER'S GRANDSON, MY FATHER'S SON." when he was attending college and was instigated by his uncle Joe Carrión, who was Banco Popular's president, while his father was chairman. Richard Carrión had been what he describes as a "hell raiser" growing up but attending the highly respected Wharton School of Business, he said, changed his perspective. For a while he thought of staying in a university environment. Carrión studied hard, he recalled, and left Wharton in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in accounting. Two years later he added a master's degree in information systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at Wharton, Carrion said, the last thing on his mind was returning to Puerto Rico to work with Banco Popular. "I always felt that no matter what I did I would always be my grandfather's grandson, my father's son," he said. However, in the summer of 1976 when Carrion need-


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ed some cash he accepted his uncle's suggestion that he come to work at the bank and gravitated to the programming division. "I was hooked and this is something that became part of my life and my family and I have dedicated more than 40 years to the bank." Carrión claims he climbed the leadership ladder on the operations side and among other accomplishments, he lead the teams that were responsible for automating the bank, creating the first ATM network in Puerto Rico. "That is a really what drove me until 1985 when I was made president of the bank," he said. Carrion’s first 30 years at Popular Inc. "were very easy, then the next ten years were a lot more difficult." The financial crisis, which lasted from 2009 to 2012, he was most difficult period of his life. "They say what does not kill you makes you stronger," Carrión said, but he recalled that he was not happy to sell operations in several major cities in the U.S. and deal with layoffs. An especially painful decision was to sell 51 percent of the bank's technology subsidiary to raise capital. "Technology has always been an important dimension in my life and in my career," he said. Carrión 's father always had this idea of creating a foundation to do a lot of the philanthropic work of the bank and in 1979 the Fundacion Banco Popular was born. When Rafael Carrión Jr. passed away he willed that his money in his profit sharing accounts – well over a million dollars – be used to establish a scholarship fund within the Banco Popular foundation for the children of company's employees. The foundation has been very active in Puerto Rico, Carrion says. "We have helped with the education of hundreds of kids and we also have endowed scholarships." He added, "For us, education is our biggest focus along with community empowerment. The second major "coincidence" which shaped by "an old curmudgeon," a big sports fan, who was a member of the International Olympics Committee. "I tell people I was really entrapped into this movement by this guy and then I became fascinated with the sports world and it really changed my life," Carrión rose through the ranks of the International Olympic Committee, contributing as head of the finance commission and as a negotiator. He closed more than eight billion dollars in television contracts for the IOC. In 2013, Carrión won "the silver medal in the IOC presidential election,” finishing second in this vote. Today, he remains an IOC member and values in his participation in an organization that he says "is based on the very noble concepts of unity, excellence and tolerance. Moreover, he said, "I have had the opportunity to meet the most fascinating people whether it was in the television negotiations or the top athletes in the world and that is what drew me to it and has kept me there for over 30 years. I can go anywhere in the world and I know I have a colleague there who is an important person in that community that I can call." As to what he sees as to his legacy at Popular Inc., Carrión said, "I fought for all my life for the independence of this organization and it is very important to leave a


leadership team that shares a vision that understands the roots of this organization and can adapt it to future and can continue its growth." In addition, he said he wants to leave in the area of education. One element of this involves Popular Foundation starting a project that is based on a model started in Pittsburgh by Bill Strictland. This is a after-school program to teach young high school students about the arts and also is designed to help adults learn a trade so they can be employed as part of the workforce. Another education enterprise that Carrion said he would like to leave behind through the Foundation is a small school for children that can be a demonstration project on building better schools at a cost effective price and with much better academic results. Then there is the ongoing development is the company’s Hato Rey campus. "We are frustrated architects, or urbanist,” he said of the work which he expects completed in four years. Closer to home, Carrión, who is in his sixties, said, "I want to make sure my grandchildren have a much better environment to grow in and mostly that there is hope for Puerto Rico.”


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SUPPLIER DIVERSITY PROGRAMS ENHANCE GROWTH PROSPECTS FOR HISPANIC BUSINESSES CORPORATIONS AND THE ECONOMY BENEFIT TOO Hispanic small business owners are among the fastest growing entrepreneurs in the U.S. Even so, many continue to face challenges increasing their revenue and accessing a larger piece of the marketplace. These entrepreneurs, though, have found new opportunities for growth through certified supplier diversity programs, which focus on utilizing businesses that are owned and operated by minorities, women, persons with disabilities, veterans or persons who identify as LGBTQ. Such programs can help Hispanic businesses expand their reach within the private sector as well as with federal, state and local governments.


FOR CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, a leading broadband connectivity company serving more than 31 million customers in 41 states through its Spectrum brand, supplier diversity is beneficial for the company, its suppliers and the communities it serves. Charter has exceeded $1 billion in spending with diverse-owned businesses for three consecutive years ending 2020. According to Michelle Hawkins, Charter’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Procurement, a diverse pipeline of suppliers helps the company gain access to new business networks and markets, and has the potential to foster economic growth in traditionally underinvested communities. “To overlook diverse suppliers would be a missed opportunity for Charter, as they can contribute to innovation and enhance our products and services for customers,” Hawkins said. One such supplier is MidSpan Telecom, a Hispanic-owned business, which got its first contract with Charter to upgrade cable wiring on a New York construction project. Today, MidSpan’s business with Charter has grown to provide residential and commercial installation support as well as construction services to Charter’s Spectrum in a much broader area. “Being a supplier for Charter has been lifechanging,” said Richie Grullard, MidSpan Telecom’s President and Founder. “I thought I was going to have a small construction company, but our relationship with Charter took us to the next level. We started with four technicians and now we have more than 80 employees.”


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Richie Grullard, President & Founder of MidSpan Telecom, a Charter supplier

MidSpan Telecom’s partnership with Charter is a success because the two companies' values are aligned: to provide excellent products and services that exceed customer expectations. “Charter has great products, and our job is to deliver those products to their subscribers, which we do with integrity and great customer service,” Grullard said.

What qualifies a business as a potential diverse supplier?

To be recognized as a diverse supplier a business must be at least 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by minorities, women, persons with disabilities, veterans, service-disabled veterans or those who identify as LGBTQ. In addition, for a diverse-owned business to participate in supplier diversity programs, they must become certified. The certification process is, in many cases, unfamiliar to these same businesses, but there are programs and companies that will help guide participants. For example, Charter works with a third party to help eligible existing suppliers become certified with partners like the National Minority Supplier Development Council and the Supplier Clearinghouse. “Procurement within the private and public sector represents multi-billion dollar opportunities for minority-owned businesses,” said Pauline Gebon, Vice President of Corporate Relations at the National Minority Supplier Development Council. “Our mission is to provide a platform for minority businesses

The MidSpan Telecom team

to get certified, develop capacity, make connections and advocate for the inclusion of minority suppliers in the procurement process, resulting in economic growth for communities of color.”

Helping diverse suppliers grow

The opportunities that come with certification are significant, explains MidSpan Telecom’s Grullard, who considered getting certified after a member of Charter’s procurement team suggested he look into it. “It took about 90 days to get the official certification, and it turned out to be worth the time,” he said. Charter also helps some of the diverse suppliers it works with by offering scholarships to enroll in the Tuck Executive Education Program at Dartmouth College. “We want our suppliers to succeed,” Hawkins said. “Our partnership with Tuck helps diverse suppliers learn how to run their businesses more efficiently and grow.”

Looking forward

For 2021 and beyond, Charter will focus its supplier diversity program on three key areas – growing spend, growing suppliers and growing the company’s impact in the communities where it operates. “These actions will help us drive greater innovation for our company and customers, and Hispanic-owned businesses have a key role to play as partners in this growth,” Hawkins said. Grullard sees it that way as well. He is looking forward to expanding MidSpan Telecom’s footprint into neighboring states in the years ahead. For more information about Charter’s supplier diversity program, visit and download its resource guide on opportunities and how to become a Charter supplier. JULY / AUGUST 2021 LATINO LEADERS 171

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CARLOS ABRAMS-RIVERA'S pathway to corporate success started in Puerto Rico where he was born and grew up. He went to the mainland to earn a degree in economics but came home because he wanted to contribute to Puerto Rico. He served two years as a government aide before he went to the University of Michigan to earn his MBA in 1994. Abrams-Rivera's first stop in a 25-year corporate career was Kraft Foods. Subsequently, he held management positions with several food companies in the U.S. and Mexico including well-known brands such as Campbell and Nabisco. Eventually, he returned to Kraft and in 2020 became U.S. Region president for Kraft-Heinz. At this time, he took on a new role, as a member of the board of directors of another iconic company, Energizer Holdings. "In Energizer Holdings," Abrams-Rivera said, "I felt I had a passion for what it is, an American icon," and "saw a company that has a future vision for growth and that I also can contribute to the future." AbramsRivera has found board work is vastly different from his ongoing senior management functions. "You are there to make sure you are giving guidance, you are there representing the shareholders in the long-term view of the company, you are there to also provide advice to the senior team. You bring unique skills that you can provide advice to the senior leadership absolutely, but it is not to run the company." Also, Abrams-Rivera saw governance as a forum where he could give back the help he received in his career in a different way, creating opportunities, opening doors and inspiring people to better their lives and "achieve all the best." Picking the right board, the Energizer director said, is very important. "You have to find both the cultural fit within the company and also within the board," he said. There also are responsibilities to be addressed. For shareholders, he said the board needs to provide for the sustainability of the company, no matter what happens. "We also have to do the right thing," he said, and make sure we do it with the right level of compliance. "I am very proud about how Energizer has managed that," he said. Then there is ESG, Environmental Social Governance. "People are thinking about what is the role of a company in having a point of view on society issues, what is the role we have in regard to the environment and how we can create a transparent community as we work.” He continues, "We are at a moment of great change and as a board member or executive it is hard to think about the possibilities and what you can do to prepare for all of them." But, he said, it is important for a

"PEOPLE LIKE US, BY THE TIME WE GET TO CORPORATE AMERICA, WE HAVE GONE THROUGH SO MANY CHALLENGES, WE HAVE OVERCOME SO MANY OBSTACLES, THAT WE ALSO HAVE A DIVERSITY OF THINKING AND A TENACITY THAT COMES THROUGH IN EVERYTHING WE DO," director to spend time with management thinking about what are the capabilities the company needs to be around not only around for next three years, but also next twenty or fifty years. By investing in these capabilities, "we don't have to be afraid of what the future brings." As for leadership, Abrams-Rivera has developed strong feelings about what traits are essential. These are a strong vision, strong courage and empathy. There are people, he said, who have a vision of the future and how their business can grow, and also accept the obstacles because "nothing worth doing is going to be easy." However, the Kraft Heinz president said empathy is just as important. This encompasses the ability, he said "to understand and relate at a human level in a way that is going to help us connect so that we achieve more than we felt possible because we are working in a way that we can sustain empathy and bring that into the corporate environment." He added, "I think that is strength that has helped in my corporate career." Adams-Rivera finds Latinos are in a different places today than when he started his career as the son of a casino dealer and a member of a family that owned a small pharmacy. "People like us, by the time we get to corporate America, we have gone through so many challenges, we have overcome so many obstacles, that we also have a diversity of thinking and a tenacity that comes through in everything we do," Abrams-Rivera said. Today, there are more companies, he said, that believe diversity of opinions and thoughts are going to make them a better place to work and create an environment in which they can actually achieve business results. "As we go forward, Latinos should be seen as one community that can help drive change for the better in the country that we have chosen to live." JULY / AUGUST 2021 LATINO LEADERS 173

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SEVERAL YEARS AGO, I remember reading a Nielsen report focused on the power of Latina women. It described how we are a force to be reckoned with, a growing power in this country – both culturally and economically. I felt a surge of pride. My inner voice said, “Yep, that’s me.” I’d held corporate officer positions in Fortune 500 companies and was beginning a new executive role with Providence. Though at the same time, I was aware that those of us who had worked our way into positions of influence were still few and far between. The report about the “Latina Power Shift” masked the daily economic insecurity burdening many Latina and other women of color.

I grew up and attended high school in Texas. One day I overheard a teacher writing off my future. “It’s too bad she’ll never amount to anything.” Early in my career I remember being frustrated when I didn’t feel “seen” professionally for who I am, a woman of color capable of doing anything I set my mind to. This wasn’t exclusive to my professional context; it happened within my own extended family and culture – from both men and women. Some men behaved in a paternalistic manner toward me, and several women told me to mind my place. These experiences told me that I should occupy small and quiet spaces – for people considered “less than.” People who know me would tell you that I’m anything but quiet. My life speaks of drive. I’ve found that I can do anything. My color and identity are assets, gifts granted me by God. They are vital components of my she-power, my personal brand or secret sauce that makes me a one-ofa-kind creation… a masterpiece in God’s own image. I’ve always been inclined toward letting my light shine brightly and not fretting about others feeling uncomfortable, threatened, or insecure. Our strength grows when we remain grounded, steadfast in who we are and assert ourselves as proud women of color. Along the way, I pray for the grace to do my best, remain humble and grateful, and to lift others up with my words and behavior.




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TEGNA Salutes Board Member

Lidia L. Fonseca

Congratulations, Lidia, on being named to Latino Leaders Magazine’s annual list of Latinos on Boards. Thank you for your dedication and leadership in the boardroom.

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ULTIMATE CANDIDATES LIST 2021 This list is an initial effort to present to our readers, both individuals and institutions, the best collection of individuals that are vetted and endorsed by other board directors to fit for a board seat. The initiative to create this list comes with the objective of changing the perception of a lack of latino candidates ready to serve on F500 boards. All these leaders are a great example of excellence in professionalism.


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JOHN CHINA Division President-SVB Capital, SVB Financial Group


NOEL COLON SVP, Chief Quality Officer, Medtronic


NANETTE COCERO Global President for Pfizer Vaccines


PATRICIO DIAZ Head of Capital Markets GWIM, Merrill Lynch


Since joining SVB in 1996, John has consistently — and enthusiastically — facilitated connections between entrepreneurs, investors, the Fortune 500, bankers and even winemakers. John is responsible for growing the funds business, SVB’s Family Office practice, and SVB’s Startup Banking, which supports Growth and transformation fientrepreneurs and startups at their earliest stages. John is a long-standing member of SVB Capital’s nancial services leader focused Operating Committee. John has been a partner to entrepreneurs and their investors to help accelerate on supporting entrepreneurs their growth. He is a part of SVB’s Executive Committee and has led Technology Banking teams across the and startups at their earliest US specializing in software, internet, hardware, infrastructure, private equity, venture capital and premium stages. wine. He has also been responsible for the company’s Corporate Venturing Group, Early-Stage banking services, SVB’s Global Gateway program, the Credit Solutioning Group and Corporate Finance. He earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University.




Chief Executive Officer of Austin GIS, Inc.

Senior executive with significant experience in digital optimization, businessdevelopment, and growing new ventures/start-up, marketing and technicalorganizations.

He partners with the business groups and global regions to assure end-to-end quality, reliability and regulatory compliance, from development through manufacturing, distribution and end-customer use. He is responsible for driving the strategic direction for the quality and regulatory affairs programs through the implementation of policy and standards across Medtronic. He joined Medtronic in 2008 as senior Global quality and regulatory director of Manufacturing and Supplier Quality for Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management. Most recently, affairs executive in the medical Noel served as vice president of quality for the Restorative Therapies Group from 2017-2019. Prior to this device sector. role, he was VP of Medtronic Energy and Component Center and CRDM pharmaceutical operations from 2012-2017. From 2011-2012, he served as VP of manufacturing and supplier quality for the Cardiac and Vascular Group. Previously, Noel spent 17 years at Boston Scientific (Guidant), where he held several leadership roles in manufacturing, process development and quality for the cardiac rhythm management division at Minnesota, Ireland and Puerto Rico.

Strong background on research and 18 years in Pfizer working with emerging markets, and vaccine development. She had an impressive role with the Covid-19 Vaccine

he leads the development, commercialization and delivery of innovative vaccines to drive the prevention of serious and life-threatening conditions managing a diverse vaccines portfolio and a global team of 1,500. She’s been active in biopharmaceutical industry groups such as the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations, where served as Chair of the Vaccine CEO Steering Committee from 2019-2020. With 18 years at Pfizer, Nanette has had roles touching every market of the world with an eye toward innovation in the way healthcare is delivered. Prior to leading Vaccines, she was Regional President, Emerging Markets for Pfizer’s Innovative Health business, overseeing business operations for more than 100 countries. Prior to Pfizer, she worked for 10 years as a management consultant and served as a Research Fellow for the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Pharmacology. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Cornell University, a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from The Wharton Business School.

Investment management executive experienced in capital markets products andplatforms including secondary equities, secondary fixed income, new issues, ultra-highnet worth solutions, and market-linked investments.

Patricio Diaz has 16 years of professional experience in the financial advisory industry. Diaz holds Series 63 and Series 66 licenses, qualifying them as a securities broker. Diaz can advise customers based out of Connecticut and Texas. Diaz has worked most of his career at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. He also worked with Citigroup Global Markets and Gulf Coast Funding with structuring investments and global markets. Diaz holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from University of South Florida.


JOSE ALVARO AVALOS President, Co-Founder and

Austin GIS is a NewCo focused on IOT and 5G Infrastructure Solutions. His strengths include growing new ventures, technical innovation and new product category creation, leading and managing worldwide organizations, and extensive experience conducting international business in over 40 countries. Previous to Austin GIS, he was VP at the Internet of Things Group and General Manager of RBHE Vertical Markets at Intel Corporation. There he led Intel's worldwide visual, transactional and edge compute solutions business, which entailed delivering platforms for Digital Signage, Interactive Kiosks, Interactive Whiteboards, Smart Vending, ATMs, POS, Thin Clients and Edge Compute into Retail, Banking, Hospitality, Restaurants and Education Industries. Jose was the Founder and GM of the Digital Signage and Visual Solutions business at Intel (today a $1B+ business). Earlier in his Intel career, he served as director of marketing for the consumer electronics business unit and general manager of the ultra-wideband networking operation. Avalos holds a BS EE from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a MS EE from Arizona State University. He also completed the general management executive program at Harvard Business School.


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GUILLERMO DIAZ, JR. CEO, Kloudspot guillermo-diaz-jr

JOSE GONZALEZ Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Equitable


MIRIAM HERNANDEZKAKOL Global Head-Management Consulting, KPMG / Partner, KPMG US


OFELIA KUMPF U.S. Field Vice President, McDonald’s USA



MARIA LENSING SVP and CTO, Engineering, Infrastructure & Operations at McKesson

Transformative global business leader and innovator focused on accelerating culture through people, process, and technology.

A transformative global business leader and champion of inclusion and diversity. Before Kloudspot Inc., he was a transformational innovator across Cisco and broadly in the industry, developing a strong track record for accelerating culture through people, process, and technology. Cisco’s Global CIO. His focus was driving the business acceleration critical to the agile, digital transformation of Cisco, its customers, and partners. He then developed the Customer Digital Transformation program, where he and his team leveraged Cisco’s own digital journey and thought leadership to partner with customers on their transformation programs. Guillermo began his career in telecommunications with the U.S. Navy, with a BS degree in BA from Regis University in Colorado. Prior to Cisco, he held senior IT leadership positions with Silicon Graphics, Intelligent Electronics (Ingram Micro), and Alza Corporation.

Senior executive with over 25 years of in-house and private practice legal and compliance experience within publicly-listed and private global organizations.

Before Equitable, González was EVP & General Counsel for CNA Insurance, serving as principal counsel to the CEO, senior management team and board of directors. He led the Law Department and was responsible for legal affairs, compliance, regulatory and government affairs, corporate secretary affairs, securities and litigation. Prior to joining CNA, he was Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at QBE North America, and Group General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Torus Insurance. He also held numerous leadership roles over the course of 12 years within the legal function of AIG. González holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor from the Columbia University School of Law.

Operations executive with 20+ years of transformational experience consulting in thecommunications and media industry.

She plays a significant, strategic role in building and executing the practice’s strategy and in continuing the business’ double-digit growth momentum. As part of this role, she is responsible for swiftly driving initiatives and programs that impact KPMG’s relevance in the marketplace and ability to drive new solutions – thus enhancing trust and accelerating growth. Her mandate includes driving KPMG’s global priority solutions of Powered and Connected enterprises. Before she led the firm’s Global Customer and Operations practice, which is focused on delivering industry-specific solutions for the front and middle office challenges of Fortune 500 clients. In this role, she oversaw a team of more than 2,000 partners and professionals. Miriam oversees more than 300 partners and professionals serving the client globally. In this role she has helped her client to transform its corporate services organization, namely finance.

International food and beverage operations executive with over 20 years of experience in quick-service foodservice.

Ofelia first joined McDonald’s in 1992 as a manager trainee in the U.S. and later in Latin America. In Latin America, she was responsible for the Operations deployment plans of the Andean countries, Central America, and Puerto Rico. There she served on the Operations Board for the Latin America Group which helped create Operational Excellence, the Mystery Shop Program, and the grading system that supports the Franchising Standards of the McDonald’s Franchising Agreement. In 2013, she served as Vice President and General Manager for the SoCal Region, until July 2018 when she was promoted to her current role. Ofelia earned her MBA from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.

Consistent and empowering leader with many years of experience of making corporations grow through technology platforms

Prior to McKesson, Maria served as Vice President of Healthcare Solutions at AT&T Business, where she was responsible for developing and delivering integrated technology solutions to fuel large-scale digital transformations in the top 1500 healthcare companies worldwide. She held various leadership roles including chief of staff to the CEO for AT&T Business. Maria has a long legacy of engineering, sales and leadership success built on a foundation of innovation. She has a strong track record of delivering results, including transforming an organization to focus on the company’s strategic imperatives and collaborating across many groups to secure its implementation. She was very successful in providing solutions to AT&T’s largest clients to enable their own digital transformations and in accelerating Rockwell Collins’ technical operations to exceed their goals. Maria has a BS in Electrical Engineering and a MS in Engineering Management from Christian Brothers University.


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MAYBEL MARTE Managing Director, Head of Leveraged Finance Product Strategy, Global Credit Group, BlackRock


RODRIGO MAZON EVP & GM SVOD Univision Communications Inc.


SANDRA RIVERA Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Datacenter and AI Group at Intel Corporation


CASEY SANTOS Chief Information Officer, Asurion


Financial product strategist delivering solutions in product development, marketing, and client service.

Marte focuses on developing credit solutions for both institutional and retail clients, across our Bank Loans, High Yield and CLO offerings. In this role, she is responsible for product development, marketing and client service.Prior to BlackRock, she was a SVP at PIMCO in the US Institutional Client Management group. While at PIMCO from 2010 to 2016, she was responsible for servicing and marketing to large corporations, multi-national agencies and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining PIMCO in early 2010, Marte held positions in fixed income institutional sales for over 9 years, of which 7 years was spent at Goldman Sachs on the High Yield-Distressed Bond desk and the balance at FBR Capital Markets. She received her Masters of Business Administration from The Wharton School and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Wellesley College.

Media and entertainment executive driving programming strategy as well as tv/ film co-productions and acquisitions for Latin America, Spain and the US Hispanic market.

Rodrigo joined the content team at Netflix in April of 2015, before his current position at Univision. Prior to Netflix, he spent almost 4 years at Hulu, also in content acquisitions, managing various content categories. Rodrigo started his career in media/entertainment in 2001, when he worked in corporate development at MGM Studios managing the film greenlight process. Originally from San Diego, he studied undergrad at Dartmouth College, and received his MBA at Stanford University. He enjoys cooking, skiing, cycling, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife Linda, and his children, Valentina and Lorenzo.

Highly effective executive with a high performance record in many areas with a human perspective and working with Corporate cultures.

She leads Intel’s development of leadership data center products for a cloud-based world, including Intel® Xeon® and field programmable gate array products. She also drives the company’s overall artificial intelligence (AI) strategy and product roadmap. Before her current role, Rivera was Intel’s chief people officer, leading the company’s Human Resources organization worldwide. She also previously led the Network Platforms Group of over 3,000 employees that drove the transformation of network infrastructure to Intel-based solutions and enabled breakthrough ways to integrate Intel’s silicon and software portfolio to create greater customer value. Rivera joined Intel in 2000 as a marketing director after the acquisition of Dialogic Corp. Before joining Intel, Rivera co-founded and served as president of The CTI Authority and served as president of the computer telephony division at Catalyst Telecom. She holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Senior business technology executive with a focus on strategically enabling positive business outcomes via innovative technology and operational change.

Casey joined Asurion in March 2021 coming from Alliance Bernstein where she was SVP, Head of Business Process Innovation, Workflow and Automation. She also has previous experience as CIO of General Atlantic, and as Director of Information Technology at McKinsey and Company. She started her career at NASA, supporting over 20 space shuttle missions, including the first MIR docking mission and the Hubble Telescope repair mission. Casey holds an MBA and MA in International Studies from The Wharton School and the Lauder Institute, and a BS in Engineering, Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.




and Life Sciences, Americas at Google Cloud

Results-oriented physician leader recognized as a change agent and healthcare thought leader with proven success in P+L and medical management.


ESTEBAN LÓPEZ Market Lead - Healthcare

López is the Americas healthcare and life sciences Market Lead at Google Cloud with multinational executive responsibility for strategy and solutions development. He previously served as chief medical officer for clinical strategy and innovation at Health Care Service Corporation, the fourth largest health insurer in the U.S. and the nation's largest member-owned health insurance company. Prior to this position, he was president and chief medical officer of the southwest Texas region for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. He also currently serves on the board of directors of Addus HomeCare (Nasdaq: ADUS). He earned his B.A. in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, and his MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas. López remains a practicing physician and he is dual board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics.


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JESUS SOTO, JR. Chief Operating Officer, Mears Group, Inc. / President/CEO, JSJR & Associates, Inc.


PEGGY TURNER VP-Lexus-Customer Retention and Loyalty, Toyota Motor North America


ANILU VAZQUEZUBARRI Partner/Chief Human Resource Officer, TPG Global

Natural gas industry executive focus on operations and cyber security affecting fieldand pipeline systems.

Mears is an industry leading energy infrastructure solutions provider that offers engineering & construction services to the oil & gas pipeline, gasdistribution, electric transmission & distribution, telecom, water & wastewater, and pipeline integrity markets, with operations throughout North America and internationally. Before joining Mears in 2019, Soto was SVP of Gas Operations for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). He led the day-to-day operations of the second largest natural gas system in the U.S. Through Soto’s leadership, PG&E became the first utility in the United States to earn several notable third- party certifications around pipeline safety and asset management. Before joining PG&E in 2012, Soto served as VP of Operations Services for El Paso Corporation’s Pipeline Group in Houston, Texas. He led the technical services and support functions forpipeline operations and oversaw measurement, compression reservoir and pipeline systems and DOT compliance. Soto holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UT El Paso, a master’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

Extensive expertise in strategic planning, business process improvement, customersatisfaction, and supply chain optimization.

Peggy Turner joined PRA Group’s Board of Directors on June 10, 2021. From 1991 to 2020, she held multiple positions at Toyota Motors including Vice President, Lexus Customer Satisfaction and Vice President, Toyota Customer Relations. She is actively involved in Toyota Motors’ diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, serving as the executive advisor to Social Innovation, a diversity and inclusion support member on the Diversity Advisory Board, and the Executive Sponsor of the Latino Employee Resource Group and representing Lexus at events such as the Women in Automotive Summit and Women Panel for New York Auto Show. Turner holds her M.B.A. from Loyola Marymount University and B.A. from University of California Irvine.

Global human resources executive focused on evolving and driving the firm’s leadership, talent and diversity strategies.

TPG is based in San Francisco. Prior to joining TPG in 2018, Anilu was with Goldman Sachs for more than 11 years, where she most recently was the firm’s Global Head of Talent and Chief Diversity Officer. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Anilu was an associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP in the Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits group from 2002 to 2007. Anilu received an AB in History and Latin American Studies, cum laude, from Princeton University and a JD from Fordham University School of Law. Anilu currently serves on the Boards of Teach for America-Bay Area, Greenhouse, Upwork and the Fordham University School of Law Alumni Board.

Accomplished executive and dynamic enterprise leader widely recognized for catapulting consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands through innovation.

In a 21-year career, she lead financial, strategic and environmental stewardship strategy for a portfolio of acquired businesses including Annie’s, Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, and EPIC at General Mills until 2020. Previously, Carla led the $1.5 Billion portfolio of snack brands including Nature Valley and Larabar and the $1.7 Billion portfolio of family favorite General Mills Cereals. She has also worked in Corporate Strategy and M&A. Carla is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, a member of The Executive Leadership Council, and The Alumni Society (for Latino senior leaders). Prior to joining General Mills, Carla worked for U.S. Senator Carol Moseley-Braun and The Nature Conservancy. She received her BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University and an MBA from the University of Texas, Austin (as a Consortium Fellow).

Experienced business development professional skilled in Investment Management, Capital Markets and Investment Strategies, including Private Equity, Credit, Real Estate and Hedge Funds.

Heather has a 16-year career at Goldman Sachs performing in roles like Managing Director, Vice President and Partner. In 2006 she left Davis & Wardell to Join Goldman Sachs.


CARLA VERNON VP Consumables Categories, Amazon




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MEXICAN BOARD CANDIDATES FOR F500 CORPORATIONS. In Collaboration with Korn Ferry Mexico, Latino Leaders researched for some relevant executives in Mexico, that are or could be doing a fantastic job as Board Directors for F500 Corporations. Below are just a few we selected.

Jorge Arce Chief Executive Officer of the HSBC Financial Group in Mexico

Victor Cairo Chief executive Officer

of ArcelorMittal Mexico

Jaime Chico Pardo Founder and Chief

He reports directly to Headquarters of HSBC in London. He has had extensive Board Experience as noted in his cv including principally Grupo Coppel, Mexico’s largest private retail and financial sector company

Arce was appointed HSBC Mexico Chief Executive Officer and led the Bank through the worst health and financial crisis in Mexico and the world in many generations. This happened while he was leading the digital transformation of the bank. Between 2016 and 2019, he was the Deputy General Director of Santander Mexico, in charge of its Wholesale Banking business with annual revenues of over 600 million. Jorge spent 21 years at Deutsche Bank in various roles. Between 2011 and 2016, he was CEO and President of Deutsche Bank Mexico, SA. where he led several landmark transactions such as the Initial Public Offerings of Banco Santander Mexico, IENova, Volaris, Nemak and Credito Real. Also, Deutsche Bank Mexico executed Pemex’s sale of its Repsol equity stake and led the issuance of the America Movil’s convertible bond into KPN shares. Before that he had several leading positions in the asset and wealth management areas. He earned a BA from Pace University.

A highly successful and effective CEO of the giant steel and mining Mittal operation in Mexico. Pivotal to the grow of the Mexico operation and is in constant communication and involvement with the leaders of the industry at a global level.

Cairo was appointed CEO in July 2013, since then has led the company to make an investment of 1,000 million dollars in Lazaro Cardenas for the generation of added value and take the company to a new level of 5.3 million tons of steel per year (main producer of crude steel in the country). Among his main achievements since 2013 is the reduction of 20% of effective personnel, reduction of fixed and variable costs to improve the profitability of the company and its growth. Victor entered to ArcelorMittal group in 2000 as Plant Manager for the construction and start-up of the tubular plant and steel service center in Monterrey to support the automotive industry (built in record time, within plan and on budget). He has extensive professional experience in the steel sector, in the general manufacturing sector, as well as steel processing and generating value throughout the supply chain thanks to his time at Caterpillar (10 years) and Prolec-General Electric (4 years).

An experienced and successful Chief Executive Officer with a long story of managing, investing and with Board practice as well.

He held various executive positions in some of Mexico's most important and influential companies, including CEO of Euzkadi-General Tire de Mexico, president and CEO of Grupo Condumex, S.A. de C.V., and as a senior executive at Fimbursa, an investment bank. By 2005, under his leadership as vice chairman and CEO, TELMEX (Telefonos de Mexico), the country's largest private sector company, experienced tremendous growth and expansion. Chico Pardo oversaw TELMEX's transition into a deregulated long-distance market and emphasized that “going outside Mexico was a necessity” to staying competitive. TELMEX acquired a series of new assets in 2005, many sold at bargain prices by U.S. players exiting the region or in bankruptcy. Integrating these new holdings and adding value for TELMEX was a challenge, which Chico Pardo addressed by pursuing a local strategy in each nation while leveraging the pan-regional network. To stay at the top, Chico Pardo sought to reinvent TELMEX from a local telephone monopoly into a global high-tech multimedia company. Jaime Chico Pardo holds an MBA in 1974 from the University of Chicago.

Executive Officer of ENESA

She has full responsibilities for the region with annual sales of $2 billion dollars.

Silvia Davila Regional President for Mexico/Latin America of the Danone Food Group.

Luiz Ferezin Retired as Accenture's Mexico office head.

She excels at leading significant business transformations – from financial turnarounds and re-igniting growth in core businesses to building manufacturing operations, distribution capabilities and digital transformations. Silvia began her career in 1989 at McDonald's Mexico, joined Procter & Gamble in 1992, as part of the Marketing staff, in 1999 she was Marketing Director based in Caracas. In 2004, she signed with Mars Mexico, where she performed the roles of General Manager for the Chocolates division and General Manager for the Pet division. In 2014, she became VP and CMO for Global Food and was based in Belgium. In 2017, she joined Danone as Regional President LATAM, Dairy and Plant based. Since 2020 Silvia is Member of the Global Executive Committee in Danone, and now she oversees all the Waters and EDP business in the Region. She graduated with honors from the BA of Marketing at UNITEC, then completed a Master’s in Business Economics at the ITESM CM.

Global Executive with large experience in Latin America, having also worked in the US and Germany. Broad experience in different areas and supported large clients throughout their transformation process integrating Strategy, People, Process and Digital to achieve relevant results. Strong connections in Mexico and Brazil in most sectors enabling a very good understanding of each countries challenges and opportunities. Digital Evangelist and Investor.

After a 16-year long very successful career as head of Accenture Mexico he retired and currently serves in two very prominent Boards in Mexico: The Alsea Group of several restaurants chains for Latin America and parts of Europe including such major brands as Starbucks, Domino’s, etc,. etc. Recently he was chosen for one of Mexico’s prestigious Boards, The ABC’s Hospitals


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Jeronimo Gerard President and CEO of MRP Group

Paulo Maia Chairman of HSBC

One of the brightest Senior Executives in Mexico, currently President/CEO of Mexico Retail Properties, and investment and management platforms for alternative assets in real estate, infrastructure and private equity.

Recognized as one of the largest institutional fund managers, the real estate arm of MRP Group has invested over 1.25 billion in more than 80 assets including commercial, office and hospitality. He founded Institutional Infrastructure (I2), an infrastructure investment platform, which was acquired by Blackrock in 2015. He recently created Mexico Opportunity Fund (MXO), a private equity platform with over US$ 400 million in capital. Prior to MRP, he served as CFO for Telefonica Moviles Mexico, the largest mobile phone operator company in Mexico. Before that, he worked as CEO of Telefonica B2B as responsible of the operations restructuring in the US, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Chile. He worked for Goldman Sachs & Co in the M&A and investment banking practice in NY. Gerard graduated from the MBA program of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and holds a Bd in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

A Brazilian executive who has resided in Mexico for six years as President of HSBC for Mexico and Latin America.

A seasoned international executive with a solid background and track record in financial services in developed and emerging markets. He started his career in Brazil in 1982 with JP Morgan Chase before joining the HSBC Group in 1993. He has worked and lived in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, UK and USA. Until the end of March 2021 he was a Group Managing Director of HSBC Holdings PLC and CEO of Latin America since 2015 based in Mexico City. Other relevant positions included President & CEO of HSBC Bank Canada 2012 - 2015, CEO of HSBC Bank Australia 2009-2012 and Deputy CEO of HSBC Bank Brazil 2007 – 2009. He was a member of the Group Management Board, the HSBC Group highest executive committee, from 2013 to 2020. He obtained his Bachelor´s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in and later attended a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering at the same university.

Experienced public administrator that was one of the financial gurus for many recent administrations in Mexico's PRI governments. He has a remmarkable reputation which led to his candidacy in 2018

Meade is currently Board Director for HSBC and Commissioner of the Global Commission on Adaptation which seeks to enhance political visibility of climate resilience, a non-executive Director of ALFA General Board, a petrochemical company listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange, and performs consulting, project finance and academic activities. From 2011 and 2017 he held Cabinet-level positions in the federal government of Mexico, including acting as Secretary of Finance and Public Credit, Secretary of Social Development, Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Secretary of Energy. Prior to his appointment to the Cabinet, he served as Undersecretary and as Chief of Staff in the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, among many other government administrative positions. He studied economics and law from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, before receiving a PhD in Economics from Yale University.

Latin America

Jose Antonio Meade Former Candidate for Mexico's Presidency

Roberto Mercade President of the Mexico Zone for Coca-Cola Co.

He has an outstanding experience and achievements with the Coca-Cola Company in four continents and currently residing in Mexico City as President of the Mexico zone which is Coca-Cola’s second largest market in the world. His current scope of responsibility also includes the Stills Beverages business for all of the Latin America Region.

Previously President of the Latin Center Business Unit with base in Colombia, where he championed a new regional vision that reversed losses and delivered the highest engagement and net promoter scores companywide. Prior to that, as President of the South Pacific Business Unit in Australia, Roberto widened his repertoire to include developed market expertise. It was his role as General Manager of South Africa that gave Roberto a better understanding of the full value chain of the franchised distribution model. Roberto’s career also includes leadership over Venezuela and the Caribbean as General Manager during severe sociopolitical unrest. Through strategies focused on market-share retention and business continuity, he proved his ability to create resilient organizations and carry them through crises. He earned his Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

A seasoned banker with a long experience in investment and commercial operations. Also very well versed in managing bank relationships at the highest level of regulation agencies and governemt.

For seven years (2008 – 2015) Luis served as CEO of HSBC Mexico having increased profitability substantially and as of 2016 he was promoted to Vice-Chairman, Global Banking and Markets for the entire Latin America Region. Before joining HSBC Luis served as CEO for Banorte, the largest Mexican commercial bank with 1200 branches and 17,000 employees (between 2004 – 2008). After finishing his MBA at Stanford University, Luis joined Citibanamex where he developed a fast growth career between 1983 and 2004. He obtained a BA in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana and an MBA from Stanford University.

Luis Peña Kegel Founding Partner & Co-Chairman of Silvergreen Capital As a strong example of Mexicans/ Americans working in Mexico in high level positions, John Santa María, is the Chief Executive Officer of Coca Cola FEMSA, the largest Coca Cola bottling franchise in the world (a public company).

John Santa Maria Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola FEMSA. Doctor’s Degree in Economics from MIT, and a vast experience as top financial advisor and cabinet member for the Mexico’s government. He currently serves on the Global Board of Chubb Insurance and formerly for five years also on the Global Board of Sempra Energy.

Luis Tellez Kuenzler President of KKR Private Equity Firm for Mexico.

With previous experience in McKinsey & Company and PepsiCo, he joined Coca-Cola FEMSA in 1995 where he served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Mexico, Strategic Planning and Mergers & Acquisitions Officer, Strategic Planning & Commercial Development Officer, and COO of Coca-Cola FEMSA’s South American Division. As of January 1, 2014, the Board of Directors appointed him to the position of CEO of Coca-Cola FEMSA. He is currently a member of the Board of Coca-Cola FEMSA; a member of the Board of Gentera, leaders of financial inclusion with a presence in Mexico, Peru, and Guatemala. He holds both a Bachelor and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance from Southern Methodist University. Chairman and CEO of the Mexican Stock Exchange from 2009 to 2014. He served as Mexico’s Secretary of Communications and Transportation and Secretary of Energy. He also served as Chief of Staff to President Ernesto Zedillo from 1994 to 1997. Since 2015, he has led the operations in Mexico of KKR & Co. Inc. He served as President of the NTT consulting firm Everis in Mexico Prior to the MSE, he was Managing Director of the Carlyle Group (investment firm) in Mexico (2003-2006) and CEO of Desc (2001-2003), a Mexican industrial conglomerate. Tellez earned a PhD in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He currently serves as a director of two public companies in Mexico, Cultiva and Grupo Aereoportuario del Pacífico, and was a director of Sempra Energy until 2015.


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LIKE to buy my wines on a max of a three pack. The perfect quantity to try one, leave two more for cellaring or a future occasion. I almost never buy by the case, and I have bought Six-Bottle cases on some of my favorite ones. I Like to buy different wines all the time. From all my purchases, almost half of them are new wine that I have never tried before. I know many people don’t like to do this and prefer sticking to labels they know, they like and they trust. So thinking of them, I decided to embark on “the search of the perfect Chardonnay” last summer and I tried at least 24 wines from recommendations, articles and my own discovery acquisitions. The result was really good, I was able to review more than half of them and pick those as my to-go Chards when I’m out of ideas. So I decided to do the same for Pinot Noirs from California and Oregon. Although I’m still in the stage of exploring, reading articles, listening to recommendations from others, I have already tasted about a dozen and I’m ready to share below three of the ones that have impressed me best so far. Fall is coming and some holidays call for Pinot Noir with Turkey and its accompaniments.


• Region: Sonoma Coast • Varietal: Pinot Noir • Price: $80 • Aromas: Flowers, Blueberries, Sweet spices • Impression: Ample, sophisticated, savory • Structure: Complex, medium body • Drink with: Salmon any style, Goat cheese salad with walnuts, grilled vegetables. • Why I loved this wine? Some accents of wet tobacco and ripe fruits • My Rating: 94 pts.


• Region: Sonoma Coast • Varietal: Pinot Noir • Price: $80 • Aromas: Ripe fruit, cherries, guava • Impression: Silky, succulent, perfumed • Structure: Complex, round and soft • Drink with: Roast Turkey with walnut stuffing, Roasted Duck. • Why I loved this wine? It is floral and ever evolving. • My Rating: 95 pts.

WALTER HANSELL “THE NORTH SLOPE VINEYARD” 2017 • Region: Russian River Valley • Varietal: Pinot Noir • Price: $52 • Aromas: Cherry, rose petals, violet • Impression: Perfumed, fruit forward, spiced • Structure: silky, round. • Drink with: Holiday Turkey dinner, Chinese food, Miso Salmon • Why I loved this wine? Flowery and Bold with a nice personality • My Rating: 96 pts.



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