2013 Corporate Elite

The 2013 Corporate Elite:
Top 25 Executives


January 4, 2013

Staff — HispanicBusiness.com


The “new normal” in corporate America is no longer “business as usual.” For many years, belt tightening and worker productivity have been top priorities among the Corporate Elite who run Fortune 500 companies.

Heading into 2013, however, senior executives report a renewed focus on technology and innovation. Cloud computing, “big data” and health care are high on the priority lists of this year's HispanicBusiness Corporate Elites. From CEOs and CFOs to legal affairs officers and diversity procurement directors, executives are focused on maximizing information technology resources and minimizing procurement and distribution costs.

Most senior managers report optimistic outlooks for hiring in 2013, with knowledge workers in demand. Technical specialists in science and technology — including physicians and nurses — along with data-driven business managers who understand metrics reporting and analysis comprise today’s most highly sought workers.

With the passage of a federal budget agreement, tax attorneys, forensic accountants and other financial experts are also in high demand among Corporate Elites.

Among this year’s HispanicBusiness Corporate Elite, women are becoming increasingly prevalent, and diversity is a key asset. The 25 top executives that follow bring business versatility and a wide range of professional backgrounds to the positions they command within their respective private companies, public agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Priscilla Almodovar
COO, Chase Community Development Banking, Commercial Bank
JPMorgan Chase and Co.

Priscilla Almodovar has been the COO of community development banking business at JPMorgan Chase & Co. since 2010. She served as president and CEO of the New York State Housing Finance Agency, the State of New York Mortgage Agency, and their affiliated agencies and subsidiaries since 2007. Ms. Almodovar began her career in 1990 at White & Case LLP, where she was made partner in 1998. Her practice focused on matters relating to capital markets and complex financial transactions. She has broad transactional experience, including securities offerings, banking, project finance and securitizations. Her clients have included a range of domestic and international issuers, underwriters and commercial banks, as well as insurers and investment funds.
Cristobal Conde
Executive Chairman
True Office

Cristobal Conde is a senior adviser to TPG Capital, and also to Providence Equity Partners. He serves on the board of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., the College of Mount Saint Vincent and Business Executives for National Security. Mr. Conde is a partner at the Partnership for New York City, a member of the Centennial Society of the Economic Club of New York and a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. He is the former president and CEO of SunGard and is co-founder of Devon Systems, which was acquired by SunGard in 1987. At the time, Devon Systems specialized in risk management and record-keeping systems for the interest rate and currency derivatives markets.
Roberto Denis
Senior Vice President,
Energy Delivery

NV Energy

Roberto R. Denis was appointed senior vice president of energy delivery in June 2009. He has been affiliated with the utility industry for more than 35 years. Prior to joining NV Energy, Mr. Denis was vice president of market and regulatory affairs for FPL Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Florida-based FPL Group Inc., an electric utility holding companies and leader in the production of renewable energy. Most recently with FPL Energy, Mr. Denis was responsible for initiating and managing all state and federal regulatory strategies throughout the U.S. During this tenure with FPLE he was elected chairman of New England Power Pool, the governing institution of New England's wholesale standard market. He held the position of chairman for two years before joining Sierra Pacific Resources. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Desert Research Foundation and the board of the University of Nevada Las Vegas's Minority Engineering Program, and is a past board member of Miami-Dade County's Urban League.
Paul Diaz
Kindred Healthcare

Paul Diaz is the CEO of one of the largest providers of health-care services in the U.S., with revenues of $6 billion and approximately 76,000 employees in 46 states. Mr. Diaz is an attorney and accountant, and serves on the boards of directors of DaVita and Visitors of Georgetown University Law Center. He also is a member of the Business Roundtable and the Wall Street Journal CEO Council. He was formerly on the board of PharMerica Corp. and the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, and on the board of trustees and executive committee of the Suburban Hospital Healthcare System in Bethesda, Md.

Vice President, Legal-Latin American Division
FedEx Express

Marilyn Blanco-Reyes' responsibilities include handling the legal and regulatory affairs of the FedEx branches and regional offices within South America. Ms. Blanco-Reyes also is responsible for government affairs and is involved in the long-range planning for the region, working on strategic business initiatives, alliances and new business development. She joined FedEx in 1995 as an international staff attorney and was promoted to senior attorney international in 1996. Prior to joining FedEx, Ms. Blanco-Reyes practiced law as an international attorney with leading law firms in São Paulo and Miami. A subject-matter expert on Brazilian-U.S. relations, Ms. Blanco-Reyes is the president of the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (BACCF), and frequently travels in the Americas to lecture on Latin America’s transportation industry, trade facilitation issues, and customs and regulatory improvements. In addition to the BACCF board, Ms. Blanco-Reyes sits on the board of the Miami and Keys chapters of the South Florida Region of the American Red Cross.
Paul Fabara
EVP/Head of Global Credit Administration
American Express

Paul Fabara is responsible for worldwide credit, collections and fraud operations for American Express. Mr. Fabara joined American Express from Barclays Bank in London, where he served as managing director and global head of operations, regulatory, implementation and planning. In this role, Fabara oversaw all large regulatory programs across the bank to improve speed of delivery, quality and cost. He also served as global COO of BarclayCard, managing all aspects of card operations and technology, including fraud and collections. Prior to Barclays, Mr. Fabara was senior vice president and COO of credit services at Alliance Data Systems, and also held roles of increasing responsibility in credit and collections at Providian Financial Corporation/Providian Bancorp.
Pedro Fabregas
Senior Vice President, Customer Service
American Eagle

President and CEO
Executive Airlines
AMR Corp.

Pedro Fabregas was named an officer of AMR Corp., the parent company of American Airlines, and senior vice president of customer services at American Eagle Airlines in November 2011. He has served since 2008 as president and CEO of Executive Airlines, the American Eagle regional affiliate that operates in Miami, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. In his current role, Mr. Fabregas oversees more than 8,500 employees and is responsible for all airport and flight attendant operations for more than 1,500 daily flights. He joined American Airlines in 1983 and is a member of the American Airlines Federal Credit Union Board of Directors.
Marie Therese Dominguez
Vice President, Government Relations and Public Policy
United States Postal Service

Marie Therese Dominguez reports to the deputy postmaster general and manages the public policy and legislative strategy and objectives for postal management and operations. She is responsible for government relations, including federal, state, local and stakeholder relations, and information and archival programs that include the library and the historian's offices. Ms. Dominguez brings to the USPS 17 years of expertise in private- and public-sector management and workforce development, political and legislative affairs, and policy analysis. An attorney, Ms. Dominguez served eight years in the Clinton administration as a senior manager. She was responsible for the placement of executives into 2,300 leadership positions within the federal government. She also served as deputy chief of staff and counsel at the Federal Aviation Administration and deputy assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works (Corps of Engineers).
Dineen E. Garcia
Vice President, Diversity Strategies
Macy’s Inc.

Dineen Garcia is the vice president of Macy's Diversity Strategies. She is responsible for the company's diversity efforts within the Hispanic community. Ms. Garcia also practiced law in New York and Florida before state and federal courts. She began her career as a prosecutor in New York's Brooklyn Family Court. As a litigator, one of the highlights of her career was appearing in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York before now U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. After spending time with Gay & Hardaway, representing Fortune 500 companies in employment discrimination cases, Ms. Garcia went to work for Macy's (then Federated Department Stores) law department. She was part of the Southeast Regional Team out of Atlanta, responsible for legal matters arising in the Rich’s/Lazarus/Goldsmith division and Macy’s Florida and Burdines. She also was charged with handling matters in Macy’s first and only Puerto Rico store.
Fernando Hernandez
Supplier Diversity Director
Microsoft Corp.

At Microsoft, Fernando Hernandez supports executive business leaders in achieving their supplier diversity goals and objectives. He is responsible for Microsoft's supplier diversity outreach efforts, and serves as the leader of the corporation's national team of supplier diversity advocates. Prior to Microsoft, Mr. Hernandez served as senior vice president of multicultural and diversity strategy for Washington Mutual Bank, where he drove strategies, tactics and investments in the multicultural markets. He also served as executive director of supplier diversity with AT&T. Mr. Hernandez has served on various boards, including the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Procurement Council. He also has served as the chairman of the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund, New York City Walk-A-Thon and was president of the New York Chapter of AT&T's Hispanics Inspiring Students' Performance and Achievement (HISPA) Association.
Valerie Insignares
Senior Vice President, Chief Restaurant Operations Officer
Darden Restaurants

Valerie Insignares was named chief restaurant operations officer of Darden Restaurants in 2011. She joined the company in 1997, and was promoted in 1998 to vice president of distribution, where she was instrumental in
the creation of a world-class supply management team and the establishment of Darden’s supplier diversity initiative. Ms. Insignares advanced to vice president of operations improvement in 2000, and then to senior vice president of operations for the Dallas division in June 2001.
A member of Darden’s operating team, she leads strategic operations initiatives across the enterprise with the goal of accelerating profitable sales growth and building an even stronger bench of future operations leaders. She partners with brand leadership to identify both brand-specific and enterprisewide operations priorities that contribute to meaningful sales growth for the company. She previously served as executive vice president of operations for Olive Garden, where she contributed to the brand’s industry-leading sales performance. Ms. Insignares serves on the boards of the Darden Restaurants Inc. Foundation and the Darden Employees Federal Credit Union.
Filemon Lopez
Senior Vice President, Strategic Operations

Filemon Lopez is recognized as the first Hispanic executive at Comcast. He holds a leading role in the company’s Hispanic diversity efforts, where he focuses on building and strengthening relationships and promoting and growing critical community-based projects within those communities. In addition, he serves as a key adviser and strategist to David Cohen, Comcast’s chief diversity officer, and works intimately with the new Corporate Diversity Organization. Mr. Lopez also works with NBCUniversal/Telemundo to explore synergies between Telemundo and Comcast as a member of the Hispanic Action Team.
Yvonne Martin
Director, Integrated Building Solutions,
Strategic Accounts

United Technologies

Yvonne Martin leads relationships with strategic customers and works with United Technologies commercial companies to create and execute global account strategies. She joined Otis Elevator Co. in 1988 and has served in global marketing and sales, product development, branch management, and finance roles in the U.S. and Spain. In 2007, Ms. Martin was inducted into the Academy of Women Leaders, YWCA New York City. She co-founded the UTC Hispanic Leadership Forum. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Bridgeport and an MBA from Northeastern University. She was elected as the chairwoman of the board for the National Society of Hispanic MBAs in February 2012.
Gerardo Lopez
AMC Entertainment Inc.

Gerardo Lopez has served as CEO and president of AMC Entertainment Inc. (AMC) since March 2009. He also sits on the company's board of directors. Prior to joining AMC, Lopez served as executive vice president of Starbucks Coffee Co. and president of its global consumer products, Seattle's Best Coffee and Foodservice division. Mr. Lopez has served on the boards of various public companies, including TXU Corp. and Safeco Insurance. He currently is on the boards of National CineMedia, Digital Cinema Implementation Partners, Open Road Films and Recreational Equipment Inc. Mr. Lopez was previously part of the entertainment industry, when he served as president at Handleman Entertainment Resources, which provides category management and music distribution services to Wal-Mart, Best Buy and other major retailers. In his more than 28-year career he also has served in a variety of executive management positions with International Home Foods, Frito-Lay, PepsiCo and the Procter & Gamble Co.
Oscar Munoz
Executive Vice President
and COO

Oscar Munoz has been the executive vice president and COO of CSX since January 2012. He manages all aspects of the company’s operations across its 21,000-mile network, including customer service, transportation, service design, engineering, mechanical and technology. Prior to his current role, Mr. Munoz served as CSX’s executive vice president and CFO from 2003 to 2012. Before joining CSX in 2003, Munoz served as CFO and vice president of AT&T Consumer Services. He also has held key executive positions with other consumer products companies, including the Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo.
Jose Nido
Vice President, Global Supplier Diversity
Wyndham Worldwide

Jose Nido is responsible for managing the development and implementation of a world-class supplier diversity program across Wyndham Worldwide. In this role he has grown the number of diverse suppliers within the company's portfolio, increased diverse business partnerships across all business units, cultivated relationships and built goodwill within the diverse business community. Prior to joining Wyndham in 2008, Mr. Nido was vice president of diversity business development at Insync Marketing Solutions. From 2001 to 2004, he was executive vice president of national diversity marketing for Printing Methods Inc., the largest minority-owned premier commercial printer and marketing solutions company in the U.S. From 1996 to 2001, Mr. Nido was senior manager of supplier diversity and minority business relations for the Walt Disney World Co., responsible for developing and implementing a premier, world-class program for procuring and supporting diverse suppliers. Mr. Nido also served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force in a variety of management assignments in the U.S. and overseas. He retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Maria Fernanda Mejia
President, Kellogg Latin America
Kellogg Co.

Maria Fernanda Mejia has been president of Kellogg Latin America since November 2011. She came to Kellogg from the Colgate-Palmolive Co., where she was corporate vice president and general manager of Global Personal Care and Corporate Fragrance Development. Prior to this role, she was corporate vice president of marketing for Europe/South Pacific, which included oversight for the centers of innovation. Ms. Mejia also was president and CEO of Colgate-Palmolive Spain, a position she held since June 2003. She joined Colgate in 1989 in Puerto Rico and progressed through a series of marketing and manufacturing positions. She is a member of the Young President’s Organization, the International Women’s Forum and the Cosmetic Executive Women’s Organization, among other organizations.
George Paz
Express Scripts

George Paz joined Express Scripts in 1998 as senior vice president and CFO, and became president in 2003. In 2005, he was named CEO and, in 2006, was elected chairman of the board. Mr. Paz currently serves as a member of the board of directors for Honeywell Inc. Mr. Paz drives Express Scripts' strategic direction to ensure alignment with clients to deliver better, more cost-effective health outcomes for millions.  Mr. Paz is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Armando Pimentel
President and CEO
NextEra Energy
Resources LLC

NextEra Energy Inc.

Armando Pimentel is the president and CEO of NextEra Energy Resources, a major producer of renewable energy from the wind and sun. Prior to this position, he served as executive vice president, finance, and CFO at NextEra Energy Inc. Before joining NextEra, Mr. Pimentel was a partner at Deloitte & Touche and held various client and leadership positions in the financial services and energy industries. He also led Deloitte’s power and utilities business segment. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Pimentel worked in the Office of the Chief Accountant of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as a professional accounting fellow. Mr. Pimentel frequently speaks to national, industry and regulatory groups on his areas of interest, including power generation and financial services matters.
Antonio M. Perez
Eastman Kodak

Since joining the company in April 2003, Antonio M. Perez has led the worldwide transformation of Kodak from a business based on film to one based primarily on digital technologies. Mr. Perez brings to Kodak his experience from a 25-year career at Hewlett-Packard Co., where he was a corporate vice president and a member of the company’s executive council. As president of Hewlett-Packard’s consumer business, Mr. Perez spearheaded the company’s efforts to build a business in digital imaging and electronic publishing. Prior to that assignment, Mr. Perez served as president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard’s inkjet imaging business. Following his stint at Hewlett-Packard, Mr. Perez was president and CEO of Gemplus International, where he led the effort to take the company public. Mr. Perez is a member of the Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas International advisory board, and is a member of the board of trustees of the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.
David Rodriguez
Executive Vice President
and Chief Human
Resources Officer

Marriott International Inc.

David A. Rodriguez assumed the role of executive vice president, global human resources for Marriott International in 2006. Mr. Rodriguez was appointed a corporate officer in 2000; in 2004 he was appointed to the board of directors’ Committee for Excellence, which focuses on advancing global diversity and inclusion in the company. Mr. Rodriguez joined Marriott International and assumed the role of senior vice president, staffing and development in 1998. In 2003, he was appointed executive vice president of human resources for Marriott Lodging. Prior to joining Marriott, Mr. Rodriguez held various human resources positions at Citicorp (now Citigroup) and Avon Products. He holds a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology and is on the board of directors for Human Resources Policy Association. 
Betsy Silva Hernandez
Senior Director, Diversity Learning, Consulting & Employee Business Resource Groups

Betsy Silva Hernandez has more than 18 years of senior-level operations, human resources and diversity leadership experience. Ms. Hernandez is responsible for leading the alignment, development and implementation of the organization's diversity and inclusion learning strategy, employee network groups, and client consulting for North America. She also is responsible for setting the strategic direction and implementation of Sodexo’s diversity strategy in Central and South America. She is a 2005 National Hispana Leadership Fellow and a graduate of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Jose Robles

Jose Robles assumed the position of president and CEO of United Services Automobile Association (USAA) in December 2007. The association has been serving military families since 1922. Mr. Robles oversees a corporate organization that includes USAA's property and casualty insurance group, federal savings bank, life insurance company, investment management company, Alliance Services company, and financial planning services. He was a USAA board member from 1990 to 1994 while on active duty, and joined USAA in July 1994 as special assistant to the chairman after retiring from the U.S. Army as a major general. Mr. Robles served in a variety of command and staff positions with the U.S. Army, including active-duty posts in Korea, Vietnam, Germany and the Middle East. Mr. Robles serves on the American Red Cross Board of Governors and on the boards of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, San Antonio Branch; DTE Energy; the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System; the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children's Hospital Foundation, and the P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County Foundation.
Susan Santiago
Vice President, Food and Beverage-North America Operations
Hyatt Hotels Corp.

A seasoned veteran of the luxury hospitality industry, Susan Santiago has a 19-year career with Hyatt marked by tenures at a number of distinct, high-end resort properties. Prior to her current position at Hyatt, Ms. Santiago served as the general manager for the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino and the Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa. She also has held corporate executive positions in food and beverage for Hyatt properties in Lake Tahoe, Phoenix and Newport Beach, Calif. In 2010, Ms. Santiago earned the General Manager of the Year Award in the Large Hotel category for Hyatt. From analyzing menus and purchasing practices, Ms. Santiago has been leading the charge on the rollout of Hyatt's new global food and beverage philosophy to deliver healthier choices to its customers using authentic ingredients reflective of the local community and culinary heritage surrounding its hotels.
Gabriel Torres
Vice President and General Manager-Southeast Region

Gabriel Torres is responsible for consumer and small-business sales and retention for the area that covers the deep South from Florida on the east to Louisiana and Arkansas on the west and Tennessee on the north. Mr. Torres joined T-Mobile in 2011 as vice president and general manager for the former Florida Region. Prior to joining T-Mobile, he was the senior vice president of business development at Mozido, a pioneer in mobile money transfer, payments and financial services. From his experience working with wireless carriers and financial institutions, Mr. Torres has developed strong expertise in building complex mobile financial services and payments in the U.S. and Latin American markets. Prior to Mozido, he held several executive roles with wireless companies, including RadioShack and Sprint Nextel Corp. He also spent 10 years with Microsoft in several senior positions, from product and marketing management in Mexico to leading Microsoft’s Latin American distribution.

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