Ralph de la Vega
President and CEO
•Company: AT&T Mobility
•Currently: A well-regarded leader in the wireless industry, Mr. de la Vega oversees all aspects of AT&T's wireless operations, including sales and marketing at the nation's leading carrier. He possesses a wealth of international experience, having served as president of Bell South Latin America before joining Cingular Wireless in 2004. As Cingular Wireless' COO, Mr. de la Vega was responsible for technology planning, network operations, marketing and sales. He started his career in 1974 with BellSouth as a management assistant. He holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University and an MBA from Northern Illinois University.
Deirdre P. Connelly
•Company: Lilly USA
•Currently: Ms. Connelly worked her way up the corporate ladder and was named president of Lilly USA, a division of Eli Lilly & Co., in 2005. She started with the company as a sales rep in 1983 and moved to her native San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1984 as a marketing associate. One year later, she was named general manager of Eli Lilly Puerto Rico. Ms. Connelly returned to the company's Indianapolis headquarters in 1997 and held such positions as regional sales director and executive director of global marketing for Evista. She earned a bachelor's degree in economics and marketing at Lycoming College and completed Harvard University's advanced management program.
President and COO
•Company: McDonald's Corp.
•Currently: Prior to his most recent role as president and chief operating officer, Mr. Alvarez served as president of McDonald's North America, as well as president of McDonald's USA, with management responsibility for the country's more than 13,700 restaurants. Before joining McDonald's USA, he served as president of McDonald's Mexico. He is an active member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities and has also served as president of Ronald McDonald House Charities in Mexico. In addition, Mr. Alvarez serves on the president's council and the International School of Business Committee, both at the University of Miami, where he earned his bachelor's degree in business administration.
David M. Velazquez
President and CEO
•Company: Conectiv Energy
•Currently: As president and CEO of Conectiv Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc., Mr. Velazquez oversees more than 400 employees and $1.3 billion in plant assets in four states, with sales exceeding $2 billion. He first joined Conectiv Energy in 1981 and successfully advanced through management positions in engineering, operations, and planning, culminating in his prior assignment as vice-president of strategic planning & chief risk officer of Pepco Holdings. Mr. Velazquez has made nature preservation a prime concern of Conectiv Energy and serves as a trustee of the Delaware Nature Conservancy.
International VP and Deputy General Counsel
•Company: New York Life International
•Currently: In the four years since she left her private law practice, Ms. Baltazar has moved up the corporate ranks from assistant general counsel to international vice-president and deputy general counsel at one of the world's largest insurance companies. At New York Life International, Ms. Baltazar advises management on transactions, contracts, and compliance matters, and she provides oversight support to the insurance giant's Asian and Latin American subsidiaries and partners. She also serves as a leader for the firm's Hispanic employee networking group.
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