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2004 Elite Hispanic Women

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LindaAlvarado

Linda Alvarado
CEO
Alvarado Construction
As CEO of the Denver-based commercial general contracting firm, Ms. Alvarado handles multimillion-dollar construction projects, which have included the Colorado Convention Center, Invesco Field at Mile High and parts of Denver International Airport. Ms. Alvarado is on the boards of Pitney Bowes, Lennox International, 3M, The Pepsi Bottling Group and Qwest Inc., and is co-owner of the Colorado Rockies. In October 2003, Ms. Alvarado was among a dozen women inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.




Jovita Carranza

Jovita Carranza
Vice President of UPS Air Operations
UPS
Ms. Carranza was named vice president of UPS Air Operations in Louisville, Kentucky, in April 2003. Ms. Carranza, the highest-ranking Hispanic female executive at the company, oversees UPS' 4 million-square-foot Worldport global air hub and 16,000 employees. Ms. Carranza began working at UPS in 1976 in Los Angeles and has served the company in a variety of roles from human resources manager in Texas to district manager of Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Most recently she was president of the UPS Americas Region.




Kimberly Casiano

Kimberly Casiano
President/COO
Casiano Communications Inc.
Ms. Casiano's San Juan-based Casiano Communications' titles include Caribbean Business, a weekly business newspaper; IMAGEN, Puerto Rico's leading lifestyle magazine for women; and Buena Vida, a lifestyle magazine for affluent Hispanics. In addition to Caribbean markets, the publications circulate in the U.S. and other international markets. In December 2003, Ms. Casiano became the first Hispanic female to be named to the board of directors of Ford Motor Co.




Carmen Castillo

Carmen Castillo
President/CEO
Superior Design International
Ms. Castillo is the sole owner of Superior Design International, which she founded in 1992 and has grown to include locations worldwide. As president and chief executive officer, she is responsible for coordination of the full-service staffing company's operations, global advertising and marketing programs, proposal strategies and preparation, and evaluation of new markets.




Nilda M. de Boyrie

Nilda M. de Boyrie
Senior Vice President/Manager, International Financial Advisory Division
Wachovia Corp. Inc.
Ms. de Boyrie is the senior vice president and manager of Wachovia Corp.'s International Financial Advisory Division, which offers highly specialized financial, retirement and trust planning to non-resident immigrants. Ms. De Boyrie joined the company in 1985, and today oversees a department that coordinates more than 12,000 relationships with $2.7 billion in assets under management.




Patricia Diaz Dennis

Patricia Diaz Dennis
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
SBC Pacific Bell/SBC Nevada Bell
Ms. Dennis' responsibilities include retail regulatory product advocacy, state tariff administration and discovery coordination, and regulatory, legislative, governmental, external affairs, and industry relations activities. Her board and trustee seats include Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., Girl Scouts USA, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.




Irma Elder

Irma Elder
CEO
Elder Automotive Group
Ms. Elder was the first woman to own a Ford dealership in the metropolitan Detroit market. Today she leads a company that has grown to encompass Jaguar and Saab dealerships in Troy, Michigan (the No. 1 Jaguar and Saab dealerships in North America in sales) as well as Aston Martin dealerships in Michigan and Florida. In November 2003, she received the inaugural Urban Wheel Dealer Awards presented by On Wheels Inc. Her board seats include Lear Corp and the Chicago branch of the Federal Reserve Board.




Graciela Eleta de Cacho

Graciela Eleta de Cacho
Vice President, Multicultural Development Organization, North America
Procter & Gamble
Ms. de Cacho, the highest-ranking Latina at Procter & Gamble, directs the development and execution of marketing and retail strategies focused on the Hispanic and African-American markets in the U.S. and Puerto Rico for the Fortune 500 company. Ms. de Cacho also collaborates with a number of nonprofit organizations such as Fondos Unidos and SER Jobs for Progress.




Linda Griego

Linda Griego
President/CEO
Griego Enterprises Inc.
Ms. Griego oversees all operations of Griego Enterprises Inc., which develops television programming through Zapgo Entertainment Group. She previously served as interim president and chief executive of the Los Angeles Community Development Bank, and current board seats include Blockbuster Inc., Granite Construction Inc., and Southwest Water Co. She also serves as a Los Angeles branch director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.




Belinda Guadarrama

Belinda Guadarrama
President/CEO
GC Micro Corp.
Under Ms. Guadarrama's leadership, GC Micro has grown into one of the nation's leading suppliers of computing equipment and services, and ranked among Working Woman Magazine's list of America's Top 500 Women-Owned Businesses. Ms. Guadarrama has won numerous awards including California Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and has served as a small-business policy advisor to the White House over the past three administrations.




Mercy Jimenez

Mercy Jimenez
Senior Vice President, Business and Product Development
Fannie Mae
Ms. Jiménez develops, markets, and implements Single Family mortgage product and process enhancements, as well as strategic initiatives for the company. She has been the company's senior vice president for Southwest regional operations in Dallas, as well as vice president for corporate development. Her board seats include the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, Texas Mortgage Bankers Association, and the Atlantic Council.





Grisel Arias Kaplan

Grisel Arias Kaplan
Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer
Union Bank of California
Ms. Kaplan joined Union Bank of California as senior vice president and chief compliance officer in August 2003, overseeing a group responsible for managing the bank's compliance with legislative and regulatory mandates. Previously, she served as senior vice president and chief compliance officer at Providian Financial Corp. Ms. Kaplan has served on the Financial Services Roundtable and the New Jersey Banker's Association Compliance Committee.




Maria Elena Lagomasino

Maria Elena Lagomasino
Chairman/CEO
JPMorgan Private Bank
Ms. Lagomasino oversees a private bank with $258 billion in assets, managing investments for wealthy individuals and families around the world. Her clients include members of the annual Forbes list of billionaires. Prior to the merger with J.P. Morgan, Ms. Lagomasino was head of the Chase Private Bank, responsible for overseeing one of the largest providers of private banking services worldwide. Current board seats include Avon Products Inc. and Coca-Cola Co., and she is a trustee of the Synergos Institute.




Cristina Lambert

Cristina Lambert
President/CEO
Puerto Rico Telephone Co.
Ms. Lambert, Verizon's highest-ranking Latina, was named president and CEO of Puerto Rico Telephone Co. in October 2003. She had been vice president and general manager of Wireline Services for the company, a Verizon affiliate and the largest telecommunications services provider in Puerto Rico, since 1999, responsible for managing the company's sales, marketing and network operations.




Monica Lozano

Monica Lozano
Publisher/CEO, La Opinion,
Senior Vice President, Impremedia
Ms. Lozano was named publisher and CEO of La Opinión and senior vice president of newly-created national Spanish-language newspaper company Impremedia in January 2004. She had been president of La Opinión since 2000 and has been with the newspaper since 1985. Ms. Lozano's current board seats include Walt Disney Co., Tenet Health Care Corp., and Union Bank of California. She also is a member of the California Board of Regents and serves on non-profit boards including the National Council of La Raza.




Maria Martinez

Maria Martinez
Corporate Vice President, Communications and Mobile Solutions Unit
Microsoft Corp.
Ms. Martinez was named corporate vice president of the Communications and Mobile Solutions Unit at Microsoft Corp. in September 2003, making her the first Hispanic female to be named a corporate vice president at the company. Previously, Ms. Martinez was CEO of software vendor Embrace Networks, and a vice president and general manager at Motorola.




Carmen Nava

Carmen Nava
President, Consumer Markets
SBC Communications
Ms. Nava is responsible for all consumer sales and customer service in California and Nevada. Her 19-year career with the telecommunications conglomerate has included technology management, billing operations, marketing, external affairs, and human resources. Ms. Nava is also a member of the Board of Governors for the USC Alumni Association.




Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg

Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg
President/CEO
Strategic Investment Group
In 1987, Ms. Ochoa-Brillembourg founded Strategic Investment Group, a financial consulting firm for institutional investors. She also serves as managing director at the global investment fund Emerging Markets Management. Previously, Ms. Ochoa-Brillembourg served as chief investment officer for the Pension Investment Division at the World Bank. Current board seats include General Mills, Harvard Management Co., and the World Bank/International Monetary Fund Credit Union.




Patricia Pliego Stout

Patricia Pliego Stout
President/CEO
The Alamo Travel Group
Ms. Stout established her San Antonio-based company in 1982, growing it into a corporate, leisure, federal and state travel service provider with contracts in multiple states. She was appointed commissioner for the Texas Board of Licensing and Regulation, and is the International Relations Vice Chair for the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce. Current board seats include the National Women Business Council, The Society of Government Travel Professionals, and the National Association of Women Business Owners.




Gloria Santona

Gloria Santona
Executive Vice President, General Counsel
McDonald's Corp.
As executive vice president and general counsel, Ms. Santona oversees and manages McDonald's Corp.'s global legal functions, which include more than 100 attorneys in 25 countries. Ms. Santona is a member of the company's senior management team, as well as a member of the American and Chicago Bar Associations. Ms. Santona was formerly chair of the Corporate Board of Advisors of the Hispana Leadership Institute.



Christina Seix
Founder
Seix Investment Advisors
Ms. Seix established her investment company in 1992 and today the firm manages billions of dollars in fixed-income assets for blue-chip clients that include corporations, endowments, foundations, public funds, and medical centers. Ms. Seix has been on the board of directors of Freddie Mac, one of the nation's largest investors in residential mortgages, since it was established in 1990.




Frances A. Sevilla-Sacasa

Frances A. Sevilla-Sacasa
President, Latin America and Europe
Citigroup Private Bank
Ms. Sevilla-Sacasa was named to lead the private banking unit for Citigroup's European region in March 2003, expanding her international responsibilities beyond Latin America and making Ms. Sevilla-Sacasa one of the highest-ranking Hispanic women in Citigroup. Ms. Sevilla-Sacasa previously ran Deutsche Bank's Latin American private banking division and Bankers Trust International's private banking unit.




Felicia Thornton

Felicia Thornton
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Albertson's Inc.
Ms. Thornton oversees financial operations for the grocery chain and is a member of the company's executive council. Ms. Thornton has held executive positions in finance and administration, retail operations, and corporate planning, was group vice president of retail operations with Kroger Co., and held the positions of group vice president, finance and administration with Ralph's Grocery Co.




Lora Villarreal

Lora Villarreal
Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer
Affiliated Computer Services Inc.
As chief people officer, Ms. Villarreal oversees Affiliated Computer Services Inc.'s human resources department. Previously, Ms. Villarreal served as president of the Human Resources Group Inc., as vice president of human resources for Transamerica Real Estate Information Cos. in San Francisco and Dallas, and held various positions with First Data Resources.




Livia Whisenhunt

Livia Whisenhunt
President/CEO
PS Energy Group Inc.
Ms. Whisenhunt started PS Energy Group in 1985, growing it into a national supplier of energy products and related management services to businesses, industry and government. Ms. Whisenhunt has served as the Southeastern Region chairperson to the Federal Regulatory Fairness Board and has been recognized with honors including Small Business Person of the Year from the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.



WOY Methodology
Hispanic Business Magazine's research team analyzed hundreds of nominations from readers, Web site visitors, contributing editors and writers, magazine staff and nominees themselves. Researchers also analyzed corporate and biographical data of the highest-ranking entrepreneurial women and women at leading corporations, many of them ranked high on the HB500 and Fortune 500. Final selection was performed by a panel of editors using a standardized set of criteria including company size, professional responsibilities, position, and involvement in promoting the advancement or favorable perception of the Hispanic community.

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