The announcement, which took place during the HITEC Q4 Summit at Cisco headquarters, was the fifth edition of the awards and publication to be released by the organization.
The core mission of the HITEC 100 is to highlight and showcase outstanding professionals who have excelled in the business of IT, are role models who inspire young people to pursue careers in technology and motivate professionals to continue to excel and connect with the Hispanic community.
The 2013 HITEC 100 were selected based on a criteria that evaluated their individual achievements in the industry, professional level, scope of responsibility and position held in their companies, as well as their involvement in boards and diversity initiatives. This year’s 100 were selected out of more than 300 nominations by an independent four-member panel of judges. The 2013 honorees are among the best in their careers, their companies and their communities.
“We are extremely proud of this historic listing of the HITEC 100, which highlights the leadership and many accomplishments of 100 truly great leaders in the global IT Industry,” said Andre Arbelaez, HITEC president. “The HITEC 100 not only highlights these individuals as phenomenal leaders, but also their influential business, community and public policy relationships within the $1 trillion U.S. domestic Hispanic market and multi-trillion dollar economies across the Americas.”
”I am honored to receive this recognition,” said Guillermo Diaz, VP of Connected IT Services of Cisco. “Throughout my career, it’s been a great passion of mine to be actively involved in inclusion and diversity efforts. It’s a privilege to work with such an outstanding organization like HITEC that is devoted to the professional growth and development of next generation of Hispanic IT leaders, and I’m proud that we at Cisco were able to sponsor this event.”
The Q4 Summit broke attendance records for HITEC. Attendees had the opportunity to participate in important discussions and panels with topics relevant to the IT industry, including women in IT, innovation strategies and diversity. Several key industry speakers addressed the crowd, including John Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco, Myrna Soto, SVP and CISO of Comcast, Gary Moore, President and COO of Cisco and Ricardo Bartra, SVP and Chief Information Officer, DHL Americas Global Forwarding.
Prominent names featured on the 2013 HITEC 100 list include:
- Thaddeus Arroyo, Chief Information Officer, AT&T
- Ramon Baez, Chief Information Officer, HP
- Tim Campos, Chief Information Officer, Facebook
- Jaime Montemayor, SVP and FLNA Chief Information Officer, PepsiCo/FritoLay
- Martha Poulter, Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer, GE Capital