Top 100 Influentials 2010 - Corporate
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Fred Alvarez
Fred Alvarez   Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Law Firm

Mr. Alvarez heads the firm's employment law litigation practice, specializing in labor, employment and equal opportunity. He devotes substantial attention to strategic, preventive, compliance and internal investigations. He also maintains a practice devoted to defending employers in individual and class action settings brought by private and governmental parties. In addition, he focuses a part of his practice on defending companies against claims by former senior executives.

Marina Garcia-Marmolejo
Marina Garcia-Marmolejo   Partner, Reid Collins & Tsai, Law Firm

Marina Garcia-Marmolejo is a partner with Reid Collins & Tsai. She currently specializes in investigating and prosecuting civil RICO and other money laundering claims. She often works with witnesses and clients in foreign countries in evaluating and preparing for U.S. litigation.  Prior to joining the firm, she served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, trying over 30 cases to verdict. She prosecuted hundreds of cases involving public corruption, money laundering, illegal narcotics and human trafficking.

George Gonzalez
George Gonzalez   Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Law Firm

Mr. Gonzalez counsels businesses in general corporate law, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate control, securities, privately held companies and international law. He counsels businesses from a wide range of industries on their corporate, partnership or other limited liability structure. He provides guidance on day-to-day operating and transactions strategies.

Osvaldo Luis Gratacos
Osvaldo Luis Gratacos   Deputy Inspector General and Counsel to the Inspector General, Export-Import Bank of the U.S.

Mr. Gratacos advises the Inspector General and other staff on legal aspects of audits, investigations, procurement, administrative and operations.  He joined Ex-Im Bank OIG from Motorola Inc., where he worked as commercial counsel with worldwide responsibilities for federal transactions and Latin America regional responsibilities for commercial transactions. Before joining Motorola, he served as attorney adviser and as Legal Counsel to the Inspector General at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Enrique Hernandez Jr.
Enrique Hernandez Jr.   Chief Executive Officer and President, Inter-Con Security Systems

Mr. Hernandez is CEO and President of Inter-Con Security Systems, a leading provider for Fortune 100 companies. Before joining Inter-Con Security Systems, he was an associate in the law firm of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. He has served as director for such public companies as McDonald's Corp., Nordstrom Inc., Wells Fargo & Company and Chevron.  Other Directorships and Memberships: trustee, University of Notre Dame; member, Harvard College Visiting Committee; Harvard University Resources Committee; Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

Juan Herrera
Juan Herrera   VP, Office of Global Inclusion, MTV Networks

Herrera helps create and implement internal employee development and retention initiatives at MTV Networks. He develops strategic approaches to attract diverse talent and meet business objectives, and serves as executive champion of the companywide Latino employee affinity group.  He also advises senior management and the various diversity teams on sponsorship and partnership opportunities outside the company, and is responsible for managing relationships with partner organizations to support MTV's external relations and diversity goals.

Teresa Inglesis Solomon
Teresa Inglesis Solomon   Vice President, Multicultural and Latino Initiatives, Best Buy Co. Inc.

Teresa Iglesias-Solomon leads all strategies related to serving diverse customers, with an emphasis on Hispanic communities. Her team is responsible for understanding different cultures, and translating that insight into respectful and meaningful relationships. Iglesias-Solomon joined Best Buy in 2007. She is a 20-year industry veteran who has lived in Mexico and the U.S. Most recently, she led all marketing efforts targeted to the U.S. Hispanic market for Domino's Pizza, where she established the company's first-ever Hispanic Advisory Council.

Paloma Izquierdo-Hernandez
Paloma Izquierdo-Hernandez   President and CEO, Urban Health Plan Inc.

Under Ms. Izquierdo-Hernandez's leadership, Urban Health Plan has grown from a one-site facility to a network of federally qualified community health centers comprising four sites, five school health programs and four part-time sites at facilities for at-risk populations. Urban Health Plan now has a growing WIC program and multiple other grant-funded programs. 

Monica L. Martinez
Monica L. Martinez   Vice President, National Hispanic Business Affairs, Comerica Inc.

Ms. Martinez joined Comerica in 2006 to support the bank's ongoing commitment to building strong relationships with Hispanic communities. She directs Comerica's Hispanic business and outreach in the bank's primary markets. She is responsible for growing business relationships and outreach initiatives with an emphasis on the bank's expanding markets nationwide. Martinez serves on the boards of the Michigan Hispanic Chamber and the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan.

Robert Mendez
Robert Mendez   Senior VP, Diversity, Disney-ABC Television Group

Mr. Mendez is an accomplished television industry attorney who has managed business affairs, legal affairs, contracts and production agreements for such TV series as “Live with Regis and Kelly.' At Disney-ABC, he advances diversity for the various properties within the Group, including ABC Television, Disney Channels Worldwide, Disney XD and ABC Family. In addition, Mr. Mendez is the group's key liaison on diversity matters.

Natalie Morales
Natalie Morales   Co-Anchor and National Correspondent, TODAY Show

Natalie Morales joined TODAY as a National Correspondent in February 2006, and was named co-anchor of the third hour of TODAY in March 2008. Morales also serves as a national correspondent for all NBC News platforms including “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,' “Dateline NBC,' and MSNBC.  Prior to joining TODAY, Morales reported on several major breaking stories, including the 2009 presidential inauguration; Hurricane Katrina; the tsunami disaster; and the war in Iraq.

J. Ricky Arriola
J. Ricky Arriola   President and CEO, Inktel Direct

Mr. Arriola oversees business development, operations and strategy of Inktel Direct, a leading direct marketing agency. Prior to joining Inktel, he held executive-level positions in the entertainment, e-commerce, investment banking and legal industries. He also holds the distinction of being an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow.

Oscar Munoz
Oscar Munoz   Executive VP and Chief Financial Officer, CSX Corp.

Oscar Munoz was appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer of CSX Corp., effective May 5, 2010. Mr. Munoz joined CSX from AT&T Corp., where he served as chief financial officer and vice president of AT&T Consumer Services. In his new capacity with CSX, Mr. Munoz will be responsible for all financial, accounting, treasury, tax, real estate, information technology, and strategic planning activities.  He  began his career in 1983 with Pepsico Inc. and later served in several key financial positions with Coca Cola Enterprises and the Coca Cola Co.

Carlos Paya
Carlos Paya   President, Elan Corp.

Carlos Paya, MD, Ph.D., joined Elan from Eli Lilly & Co., where he was a VP and Global Leader of the Diabetes and Endocrine Platform, responsible for the company's insulin products. Prior to that, Dr. Paya had a 16-year relationship/experience with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., which began with his acceptance into the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in 1984 and concluded with a six-year tenure as Professor of Medicine, Immunology and Pathology.

Beatriz R. Perez
Beatriz R. Perez   Chief Marketing Officer, Coca-Cola North America

Ms. Perez joined Coca-Cola as an assoc. brand manager in 1996, following nearly two years working on the company's Hispanic marketing efforts as an ad agency executive. In her current role she is responsible for consumer communication, brand programming, media and Hispanic American consumer marketing.  Additionally, she served as a member of the Women Leadership Council.

Pedro Pizarro
Pedro Pizarro   Ph.D. Executive VP, Southern Cal Edison

Dr. Pizarro oversees four business units: SCE's transmission and distribution system; the procurement section for power contracts; SCE's gas-fired and hydroelectric power production facilities; and Edison Carrier Solutions, a division of SCE that provides broadband services to telecommunications carriers. Prior to his work at Edison, Dr.Pizarro was a senior engagement manager with McKinsey & Company in Los Angeles.

Dr. Elias Provencio-Vasquez
Dr. Elias Provencio-Vasquez   Dean of Nursing, Univ. of Texas, El Paso

Dr. Provencio-Vasquez is a clinician, educator, administrator and researcher.  He was recently named Dean of Nursing at the University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP), becoming the first Hispanic male to hold the position. He is well known nationally and internationally for his work with at risk women and their families.  He has published and presented in numerous nursing, community and interdisciplinary forums.

Valentin Ramirez
Valentin Ramirez   Managing Director for Consumer Hispanic Markets, Americas, McCormick and Co.

Ramirez is responsible for all McCormick's Hispanic businesses, including a joint venture in Mexico, a business in Central America, a Hispanic subsidiary (Mojave Foods) and export business in the U.S., South America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining McCormick, Ramirez was Managing Director-Spain Portugal, for the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. Before that he held a number of assignments for Procter & Gamble during his 10 years there.

Ramona Romero
Ramona Romero   Corporate Counsel, DuPont

In her current role at DuPont, Ramona provides legal oversight for the acquisition of transportation, distribution, supply-chain management, travel and energy resources, and manages related strategic litigation.  Since 2008, Ramona has also served as General Counsel of Sentinel Transportation LLC, a DuPont joint venture.  Romero was recently nominated by President Barack Obama  to serve as General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Rosa Sabater
Rosa Sabater   Senior Vice President, Customer Marketing, American Express

Ms. Sabater leads American Express' efforts to build strong relationships with all its small business customers. Her responsibilities comprise all marketing channels-from online, to social media to traditional direct mail-throughout the entire customer lifecycle. She is also responsible for ensuring that the customer experience with American Express is superb. She joined American Express in 1994, and has held a number of senior roles, most recently Senior VP, U.S. Card Customer Experience.

Vilma Salaverria
Vilma Salaverria   VP, Corporate Learning, Aflac Inc.

Ms. Salaverria oversees training for Aflac employees in the U.S. She has held various positions at Aflac: administrator for the Caribbean Territory, Hispanic marketing coordinator, manager of marketing services overhead and director of marketing associate administration. In 2004, she was promoted to second VP of the New Business/Underwriting Account Implementation and Management division. Also, she was appointed Vice President of Client Services in 2006.

Raul F. Salinas
Raul F. Salinas   Partner, Adorno & Yoss, Law Firm

Mr. Salinas is a partner in the firm's Los Angeles office. He has extensive experience handling a wide variety of matters for public and private sector clients involving municipal, business and employment matters. His experience includes the defense and prosecution of large, complex intellectual property disputes involving issues of international licensing of biomedical patented technology.

Raymond Arroyo
Raymond Arroyo   Chief Diversity Officer, Aetna Inc.

Mr. Arroyo works to integrate diversity into Aetna's business strategies. Prior to joining Aetna, he was a Human Resources and Diversity executive at Altria Group. In addition, he  is a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Hartford, board of trustees of the Wheeler Clinic and Board of Governance of HACU. He is also chairman of the Corporate and Philanthropic Council of HACU.

Anthony Santiago
Anthony Santiago   VP and Chief Procurement Officer, WellPoint Inc.

Mr. Santiago oversees procurement of hardware and software, telecom equipment and process outsourcing. He also oversees procurement of print services, marketing materials, other marketing services, freight, capital expenditures, legal services, recruitment, other HR services and consulting.  Santiago also oversees specification and demand management, sourcing and supplier diversity.

Ruben Taborda
Ruben Taborda   Chief Procurement Officer for Medical Devices/Supplier Diversity, Johnson & Johnson

Mr. Taborda has a wide range of experiences across various industries. Beyond healthcare, he also has vast experiences in various functions such as sales, trade marketing, logistics, finance planning, procurement and manufacturing. In addition to being chief procurement officer for Medical, he has enterprise responsibilities in Supplier Diversity and Procurement Operations.  He also leads the Hispanic Employee Resource Group at Johnson & Johnson.

Rebecca Vargas
Rebecca Vargas   Senior VP, Marketing Director, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Ms. Vargas oversees Chase's multicultural marketing efforts, with special focus on expanding Chase's brand positioning within the Hispanic market. Her award-winning advertising campaigns have brought attention to Chase's Spanish-language website. Additionally, she and her team developed a service experience for the bank's Spanish-speaking customers-from account opening forms to statements to account services. She has appeared on these pages before, having been named one of the 10 influential Hispanics to watch.

Roberto E. Barragan
Roberto E. Barragan   President, Valley Economic Development Center

Mr. Barragan manages the largest small-business development nonprofit in Los Angeles, with a $4 million budget and 38 employees. Every year, VEDC serves more than 6,000 businesses with financing, training and assistance. In the past three years, he has grown VEDC loan capital from $8 million to $29 million. Mr Barragan is also the founder of the San Fernando Valley Financial Development Corp.

Brigida Benitez
Brigida Benitez   Chief, Office of Institutional Integrity, Inter-American Development Bank

Ms.Benitez has won national recognition as a litigator in the U.S., and has extensive experience leading internal investigations of a range of issues, including fraud, embezzlement, accounting irregularities and employee misconduct. She is also an adjunct professor at Washington College of Law at American University. She has been honored as Latina Lawyer of the Year by the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Eduardo Castro-Wright
Eduardo Castro-Wright   Vice Chairman, Walmart Stores Inc., and President and CEO, and Global Sourcing

Eduardo Castro-Wright is the vice chairman of Walmart Stores Inc., and also serves as president and CEO of and Global Sourcing. In this role, he leads Walmart's e-commerce and multichannel retailing business, and oversees the company's global sourcing group. He joined Walmart in 2001 and worked in Mexico through 2005, first as president and later as CEO of Walmart de M?xico.

Maria del Pilar Avila
Maria del Pilar Avila   CEO, New America Alliance

Ms. Avila rejoined New America Alliance in May 2010 as CEO. Prior to that, she was with Palladium Equity Partners as VP and part of the investment team. At Palladium, Avila was mainly responsible for strategic marketing initiatives, investor relations and strengthening the brand. Before joining NAA as Founding Executive Director, she was Vice President of Marketing & Events at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

John Echeveste
John Echeveste   Co-founder, VPE PR Inc.

Mr. Echeveste helped develop public relations programs for national brands such as McDonald's, AT&T, Disneyland, Target Stores, DirecTV, Nestl? and others. Additionally, he is a founding member of the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) and recipient of its PRemio Award. He also received the Public Relations Society of America Pioneer Award.

Jorge L. Figueredo
Jorge L. Figueredo   Executive VP, Human Resources McKesson Corp.

Mr. Figueredo is responsible for talent acquisition, training and organizational development, compensation and benefits, diversity, community relations, communications and branding. Prior to joining McKesson, he served as Senior VP of Human Resources at Dow Jones Inc., where he helped transform human resources into a strategic function. He also played a leadership role in managing Dow Jones' merger with News Corp.