Top 21 Latinas in U.S. Business
1. Sonia Dulá
Sonia Dulá has run all three divisions of Bank of America’s Latin America business: Corporate, Investment Bank, and Wealth Management. Working with Mexico’s Ministry of Communications, Dula recently closed a multi-billion-dollar deal to bring mobile connectivity to more than 90% of Mexico’s population.
Prior to joining BofA, Dulá has held senior posts at Pemex, the Mexican national oil company, as well as Goldman Sachs. As CEO of Grupo Latino de Radio she operated over 500 radio stations in Latin America and the U.S. reaching over 75% of the U.S. Hispanic population. Born in Mexico and raised in Brazil, Dulá speaks five languages fluently and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude in Economics from Harvard University, and received her MBA from Stanford University.
Ofelia Melendrez-Kumpf is accountable for the management of a $2.1 billion business unit, including more than 800 McDonald’s restaurants.
Joining McDonald’s more than 20 years ago as a manager trainee, she advanced quickly through all phases of restaurant management and supervision, in both the U.S. and Latin America. In 2010 she was the recipient of the company’s most prestigious award for her inclusive leadership practices, and has been recognized by the Women’s Business Leadership Network and the Hispanic Operators Association, as well as Latina Style Magazine. She holds a Bachelor in Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.
Gisel Ruiz oversees operations for over 650 Sam’s Clubs in the United States and Puerto Rico.
She began her career at Walmart 24 years ago, as a management trainee and has climbed to key roles within the company, including EVP for the International People Division at Walmart, and Walmart U.S. COO.
Ruiz has been honored by Latina Style as Latina Executive of the Year in 2010, and by Fortune magazine as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business in 2012, 2013, and 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Santa Clara University, where she also completed the Retail Management Institute program.
4. Aleida Rios
Aleida Rios is responsible for the safe, reliable and compliant operations on BP’s four offshore platforms in the deepwater gulf, which produce 250,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.
She received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University and began her 25-year career at BP as an intern in the oil fields of West Texas. Rios has held a variety of leadership posts in operations and engineering, including vice president of operations for BP’s North American onshore business. Today, she oversees a team of over 1,000 and manages a $1 billion operating budget.
5. Maria Martinez
President, Global Customer Success & Latin America, Salesforce
With more than 30 years of experience in transforming businesses and customer success, Maria Martinez is the President of Global Customer Success at Salesforce Latin America, and the GM of the company’s Latin and Central America business.
Prior to joining Salesforce, she managed Microsoft’s global services business, where she outperformed revenue targets and increased Microsoft’s customer satisfaction rating. She was also the President and CEO of Embrace Networks, and held senior roles at Motorola and AT&T.
Martinez holds a Master’s Degree in computer engineering from Ohio State University and a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Puerto Rico.
6. Cynthia Hudson
SVP, General Manager of CNN en Español and Hispanic Strategy CNN
Cynthia Hudson leads 200 employees, stringers, and correspondents around the globe, overseeing all original Spanish-language content for CNN worldwide, including television feeds for Latin America, Mexico and US Hispanic markets reaching almost 40 million households. She launched CNNE’s digital business which now has a monthly average of 25 million unique users. Her digital accolades include: #1 Spanish news Twitter account, top 6 Twitter account in the world in any language, the world’s #1 Spanish language Facebook page, and #1 Google Plus page.
Hudson began her career as a news producer and reporter at Univision, and has held numerous creative and executive positions at United International Holdings, SBS, Mega TV and Cosmopolitan TV. She has won eight regional Emmy Awards and was named as one of People en Español‘s most powerful women.
7. Priscilla Almodovar
Priscilla Almodovar oversees JPMorgan Chase’s investments in community development projects in underserved markets.
In 2016, her team financed the construction and rehabilitation of 14,000 affordable housing units for low-income families and seniors in over 90 US cities. She is also invested in various economic development projects that support charter schools, healthcare clinics, and food grocers.
Almodovar was also the CEO of New York State’s housing finance agencies and a corporate partner at White & Case LLP. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School.
8. Gina Orozco-Mejia
Gina Orozco-Mejia oversees all gas distribution operations for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).
Since joining SoCalGas as an engineering intern in 1990, Orozco-Mejia has held a variety of increasingly responsible roles in engineering, field services, gas system operations, environmental, international development, and operations staff. She previously served as director of labor relations and was responsible for working with the unions that represent approximately 5,000 SoCalGas employees.
Orozco-Mejia has a master’s degree in business administration from Claremont Graduate University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from California State University, Los Angeles. She is also an alumna of the Southern California Leadership Network and Leadership California.
9. Bernadette Aulestia
Bernadette Aulestia oversees $5 billion in annual revenue and distribution of the HBO’s networks and platforms worldwide. Internationally, she is responsible for the operations of HBO branded networks in 67 countries. Domestically, she leads distributions for the premium networks HBO and Cinemax, whether it be through cable, satellite, and telco companies or in the critical lodging business.
Aulestia oversees HBO’s Affiliate Marketing group, which is responsible for the acquisition and retention of subscribers across all distributor partners. She also heads digital distribution efforts, including streaming products HBO GO, MAX GO, the newly launched HBO NOW, and HBO Home Entertainment.
She holds a BA in Economics from Brown University.
10. Kim Rivera
Kim M. Rivera is the Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel for HP Inc., where she manages the worldwide legal department, overseeing all aspects of legal, government affairs, compliance, and ethics. She has more than 20 years of experience advising Fortune 500 companies on significant corporate transactions, governance matters, securities, compliance, risk management, audit, and litigation matters.
Previously, she served as the Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for DaVita Healthcare Partners, a Global Fortune 250 healthcare services companies. She was also the Chief Compliance Officer and Head of International Legal Services at The Clorox Company.
Rivera has a BA Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies from Duke University and a JD from Harvard Law School.
11. Dorene Dominguez
As Chairman and CEO of Vanir Group of Companies, Inc. and its subsidiaries, a group that is a nationally recognized leader in program, project and construction management and real estate development, Dorene Dominguez oversees 17 offices throughout the United States and more than 360 executives, architects, engineers, construction managers, developers, and contractors.
In addition, Dominguez serves on the board of CIT Bank and is the founder of The Dominquez Dream, which empowers children in underserved communities to achieve in literacy and S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math).
Dominguez is also a minority owner of the NBA Sacramento Kings. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BS in Finance.
12. Rosa M. Ramos-Kwok
Beginning her career as a Morgan Stanley trainee, Rosa M. Ramos-Kwok quickly rose through the ranks to managing director. Following her more than 25 year tenure at Morgan Stanley, she joined Bank of America as the Global Wholesale Bank Chief Technology Officer.
Today, she is the Managing Director of Consumer & Shared Services Operations Technology and co-leads the company’s Global Technology & Operations Hispanic-Latino Advisory Council, as well as the Diversity and Inclusion Forum.
Ramos-Kwok is a graduate of New York University and is a Senior Leadership Council member of the New York Chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America.
13. Claudia Puig
Claudia Puig oversees Univision Communications’ radio and television stations in South Florida with responsibility for local sales, content, digital, operations, and community relations.
With more than 20 years of experience in U.S. Hispanic media, Puig served as VP and General Manager of Spanish Broadcasting Systems prior to joining Univision, where she directed all aspects of sales, marketing, promotions, and business development on the local and national level.
She received her degree in International Business and Marketing from Florida International University where she serves as Chairwomen of the Board of Trustees.
14. Betty Uribe
Dr. Betty Uribe is responsible for a $3.5 billion line of business covering retail and business banking. Under her leadership, CB&T has been named “Best Bank in Orange County” for the past three years.
Uribe has lectured around the world and recently published the best-selling book #Values: The Secret to Top-Level Performance in Business & Life.
She has an MBA in Finance and Strategy from Pepperdine University and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership with honors. She also serves on the school’s board of directors in addition to the University of Southern California and Next Step Asia, Hong Kong.
15. Carmen Nava
Carmen Nava leads AT&T’s efforts to care for customers with more complex needs. She also serves on the Corporate Advisory Board of the University of Southern California’s (USC) Latino Alumni Association and on the University of the Incarnate Word’s Board of Trustees.
Nava has been recognized as one of the Top 5 Latina Executives of the year by LATINA Style magazine in 2013, and one of the Top 100 Influential and Notable Hispanics by the Hispanic Professionals in the Information Technology Industry (HITEC) in 2016.
She is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Business.
16. Beatriz Perez
Beatriz Perez leads the Coca-Cola Company’s efforts to accelerate new growth, create new connections with consumers, and embed sustainability into operations with a focus on water stewardship, women’s economic empowerment, and the environment.
Prior to her current position, Perez was CMO for Coca-Cola North America, where she developed partnerships with American Idol, NASCAR, the NBA, The Oscars and well-known public figures, including Ryan Seacrest and LeBron James.
Perez is a strong advocate for community service and serves on the corporate board for Primerica. She is a member of the American Advertisement Hall of Achievement and the Sports Business Journal’s Hall of Fame.
17. Jacqueline Hernandez
As CMO, Hispanic Enterprises & Content NBCUniversal, Jacqueline Hernandez has leveraged her multi-platform brand building/business acumen to engage a new generation of consumers, growing the U.S. Hispanic audience and securing double-digit increases in mainstream multicultural audiences. Prior to joining NBC, she was COO at Telemundo Media, Publisher at People en Español, and Publisher at Teen People.
Hernandez was listed in The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 25 Latinos in Entertainment 2014 and Advertising Age’s 100 Most Influential Women in Advertising in 2012. She has an MBA from Baruch College, an MA & BA from Tufts University, and earned a Kellogg Executive Education Corporate Governance Effectiveness in the Boardroom certificate in 2016.
18. Monica Lozano
Monica Lozano has led diversified media organizations for 30 years and is the former Chairman and CEO, US Hispanic Media, Inc. She began her career in 1985 with the country’s leading Spanish-language newspaper, La Opinión. She transformed the newspaper into a multimedia content company and was named Chairman and CEO of ImpreMedia in 2010.
Lozano joined the Aspen Institute in 2016 and has served on the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Company, Target Corp., Bank of America, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the University of Southern California as a trustee. She was appointed to the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and the Economic Recovery Advisory Board by President Obama. She holds numerous awards and honorary degrees, and was recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
19. Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri
Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri is responsible for evolving and driving Goldman Sachs’ recruitment, leadership, talent and diversity strategies as well as ensuring the firm’s diversity priorities are integrated across all talent initiatives. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, she was an attorney at Shearman & Sterling LLP and founded the firm’s women’s network (WISER) and served on its diversity committee.
Vazquez-Ubarri currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Fordham Law Alumni Association. She is also on the Board of the Latino Justice PRLDEF. She earned a JD from Fordham University School of Law in 2002 and an AB, cum laude, in History and Latin American Studies from Princeton University in 1998.
20. Carly Sanchez
Carly Sanchez oversees the strategy and execution of all enterprise recruiting delivery teams at Wells Fargo. Prior to joining the bank, she held senior talent acquisition positions at SunTrust and AIG.
In 2011, Sanchez was named as a Top Executive in Diversity by Black Enterprise and was listed in the 100 Most Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine. She is a board member of the Institute for Corporate Productivity and represents Wells Fargo on a national business initiative with the White House and the Rockefeller Foundation to drive inclusive hiring practices. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Harvard University and a master’s degree in developmental psychology from Tufts University.
21. Deborah Rosado Shaw
Deborah Rosado Shaw is the SVP, Chief Global Diversity and Engagement Officer for PepsiCo, a global food and beverage company with net revenues of more than $63 billion. She provides leadership to 260,000 associates to drive innovation and achieve the company’s business imperatives. Prior to joining PepsiCo, she founded the Rosado Shaw Group, a leadership development company, and Umbrellas Plus, LLC, multi-million dollar merchandising company.
Shaw serves on the National Women’s Business Council, a non-partisan council that advises the president, Congress and the SBA on economic issues of importance to women. She also is the only Hispanic member of the World Bank Group Diversity Council, advising on matters relating to diversity and inclusion. She is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University.