SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Guillermo Diaz Jr., SVP and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Cisco, has been elected Chairman of the Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council (HITEC) Board of Directors. Diaz succeeds Alberto Yépez, who has served as Chairman of the organization since 2008. Yépez has been named Chairman Emeritus in recognition for his distinguished service and critical role in growing the organization.
"I am excited to have the confidence of my colleagues on the board. I look forward to working with our board, our team and our partners to help grow HITEC's impact and influence," Diaz said. "We remain committed to being the leading organization for Hispanics in technology and innovation and to helping build the next generation of Hispanic technology leaders."
Rosa Ramos-Kwok, Managing Director for JPMorgan Chase & Co. will serve as HITEC's Vice Chair. Miriam Hernandez-Kakol, Partner & Customer and Operations Global Leader for KPMG, LLP will serve as HITEC's board Secretary and Darrell Higueros, CEO of Next Generation Inc. will continue to serve as HITEC's Treasurer.
"I have been honored to serve as Chairman of HITEC and I'm happy to say that because of the commitment and active involvement of our members, corporate partners and advocates, HITEC has been 'built to last' and that our motto of pushing up and pulling up summarizes our key tenant of service to our community," Yépez said. "I'm confident that Guillermo and the board will lead HITEC into the organization's next phase of growth and I look forward to continuing to be actively involved in HITEC. Our time has come."
The following individuals join the HITEC Board of Directors effective January 2019:
Andy Erlandson, General Manager, Microsoft
Marcelo De Santis, Executive Advisor, Digital Transformation, ThoughtWorks
Adriana Torres, Senior VP, Global Head of Hospitality and Food & Beverage Support, Oracle Corporation
Longtime HITEC member, Ramón Baez, will serve as Chairman of the HITEC Foundation. The HITEC Foundation works to build a sustainable pipeline for future Latinx leaders in technology by providing scholarships, internships and mentoring to Hispanic youth.
"I am thrilled to be selected to serve as the Chairman for the HITEC Foundation board. The Board consists of terrific global IT leaders that happened to be Hispanic. We will be focused on raising funds collaborating with our partners for providing scholarships to Latinx students that are working hard to attain a degree in computer science and technology," Baez said.
This year, four HITEC board members have concluded their board service. Alberto Yépez, Myrna Soto, Ileana Rivera and Carlos Amésquita have served with distinction and we are grateful to for their service and contributions.
SOURCE Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council