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2009 Boardroom Elite

Jan. 28, 2009
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In a year of major upheaval in the job market and corporate world, the number of Hispanics in America's boardrooms grew slightly, but remains at about 3 percent.

Hispanic Business Media each year compiles its "Boardroom Elite," a listing of influential Hispanics who serve as directors of Fortune 500 companies.

The 2009 list comprises 80 Hispanics filling 110 board seats. The total is up this year from 2008, when 79 Hispanics, filling 100 boardroom seats, made the list.

There are some notable departures this year: Paul Brunner retired from Johnson Controls Inc. after serving for 24 years. William D. Perez no longer serves on the Wrigley board after a merger with Mars Inc. Jorge Perez left Regions Financial.

Among those making their debut this year are Deirdre Connelly with Macy's; Nina Vaca, Comerica Bank; and Alejandro Silva, Walgreens.

Like last year, there are 23 Hispanic women on the list.

For the complete list of Hispanic board members of Fortune 500 companies, please see this story.

Source: (c) 2009. All rights reserved.

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