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5 Notable Hispanic Technology Executives

March 6, 2014

Gregg Mansfield — HispanicBusiness.com

Myrna Soto, Chief Infrastructure and Information Security Officer, Comcast

Myrna Soto

When Myrna Soto joined Comcast in 2009, she became one of the highest-ranking female Hispanic executives at the company. In an era high-profile hackings, Ms. Soto and her team are tasked of protecting consumer and company data for Comcast’s vast holdings. And those holdings will only get bigger if Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable is approved.

Ms. Soto has led the efforts through Comcast and NBCUniversal, as well as the Hispanic IT Executive Council, to get more Latinas into the information technology field.

Prior to joining Comcast, Ms. Soto was the chief information security officer and vice president of IT governance for MGM Resorts International. She has also held executive positions at American Express and Norwegian Cruise Line.

She holds a master’s degree in industrial psychology and a master’s in business administration. The Hispanic IT Executive Council named Ms. Soto the Member of the Year in 2013.

Maria Alvarez, Partner Engineering Shared Services, Information Platform Group, Microsoft

Maria Alvarez

Maria Alvarez’s bio describes her as successful, technical and detail oriented—traits that are executive material. So it was no surprise that Microsoft Corp. came calling in 2011 to hire her away from Panda Security, where she served as the chief technology officer.

While she is a successful software developer, Ms. Alvarez’s true strength has been driving initiatives and strategic programs across various levels of an organization. Co-workers say Ms. Alvarez’s enthusiastic management style embraces collaborative efforts with the focus on producing optimum results.

As the chief of staff of the Information Platform Group, Ms. Alvarez manages the business operations of 3,000 employees and is responsible for the day-to-day engineering operations including budget, resource management and organizational processes. Additionally, she was appointed to be the privacy program leader for consumer services and advertising across the Applications and Services Group.

Ms. Alvarez has a bachelor’s in information technology and a master’s in computer science from California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, and is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Thaddeus Arroyo, Chief Information Officer, AT&T

Thaddeus Arroyo

Thaddeus Arroyo without question is one of the highest-profile Hispanic technology executives in the U.S. He assumed his current position in 2007 with the merger of AT&T, Cingular and BellSouth. Some analysts speculate Mr. Arroyo would be among the top candidates to run AT&T if current chairman and CEO Randall L. Stephenson ever steps down.

Thanks to Arroyo’s leadership, AT&T has been recognized as one of the top companies in the country for IT services. His vast job duties include directing the company’s internal IT organization; developing applications system across the Mobility and Home Solution, Business and Network Solution segments; and AT&T’s corporate. He also oversees the Dallas-based company’s huge enterprise data centers.

Mr. Arroyo has a mathematics degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

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