HITEC names Omar Duque as President to Lead Next Phase of Growth
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Posted by: Sara Nickleberry
Duque brings proven track record of scaling non-profit organizations serving the Hispanic Community
REDMOND, WASHINGTON, August 1, 2018 -- The Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council (HITEC) Board of Directors announced today at the Seattle Leadership Summit hosted by Microsoft Corp. at their Redmond headquarters, that Omar Duque will serve as the organization’s next President. For the past 11 years Duque has served as the Chief Executive Officer for the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
“Omar is an experienced, inspiring and transformational leader with a proven track record of success scaling non-profit organizations,” said J. Alberto Yépez, HITEC’s board chairman. “He is passionate about the role technology plays in building a better future for our community. Above all, Omar gets the core mission of HITEC of building the pipeline of the next generation technology leaders that happen to be Hispanic by engaging all of our constituents.”
During his time at IHCC Duque helped shape the organization into an innovative and nationally recognized organization working to cultivate knowledge, connections and collaboration to effect transformational social change and achieve sustainable economic impact through entrepreneurship.
“I am excited to join HITEC and look forward to working with the board and the team to advance the organization’s mission of creating career development pathway for Hispanic technology executives and develop the next generation of leaders,” Duque said. “I look forward to meeting one-on-one with the organization’s members and supporters as we work together to drive the organization’s next phase of growth.”
HITEC is the premier global executive leadership organization of senior business and technology executives who have built outstanding careers in information technology. HITEC’s premiere network spans the Americas and is focused on building stronger technology and executive leaders, leadership teams, corporations, and role models in a rapidly changing, flatter, and information technology-centric world.
The HITEC board started the Presidential selection process late in 2017. A Presidential Search Committee was established in early 2018 and numerous highly qualified candidates were considered for the role. Duque was selected because of his experience and passion for HITEC’s mission and his commitment to service.
Duque is a Chicago native whose parents immigrated to the United States from Guatemala. He received his Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He worked as a reporter for the Albuquerque Tribune, one of the last afternoon daily newspapers in the country. Duque is a board member for Loyola University Health System and Delta Dental of Illinois. He is the co-founder of the Latinx Founders Collective, an initiative to build a community of more than 100 venture -funded Latinx startups by 2020. Duque and his wife Clarisol live in Chicago’s South Side with their two young children. He is an avid runner and loves to cook.
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