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Hispanic IT Executive Council Honors Top Hispanic Technology Leaders

TROY, MI--(Marketwired - October 28, 2015) - Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC), the premier professional organization for Hispanic technology executives, announced today the HITEC Corporate Awards, honoring Hispanic leaders in technology who have made the greatest impact in addressing diversity in technology. The honorees are:

Corporation of the Year: Comcast

The Corporation of the Year recognizes a company's outstanding commitment to the vision and mission of HITEC, with personnel, leadership and engagement from the company.

Comcast has been a consistent partner with HITEC for four years and has provided two committed and engaged leaders who have been instrumental in advancing the HITEC mission. Myrna Soto, Corporate Senior Vice President, Global Chief Information Security Officer and Vice President of the HITEC Board of Directors and Ursula Keating, Director, Workforce Diversity and Inclusion and a member of the HITEC Board of Advisors, have both become deeply and personally involved in making a difference in diversity in technology.

Member of the Year: Jesse Cortez, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Hewlett-Packard

The Member of the Year award is given every year to the HITEC member who best embodies the mission of HITEC and has a personal commitment to "pushing up and pulling up" others to address the increasing amount of Hispanic leaders in the technology world.

Jesse Cortez has been an exceptionally involved member of the HITEC family. As a representative of the Board of Advisors, Cortez has been an active supporter of the HITEC mission and has been an exceptional leader in setting HITEC's direction and strategy. In addition, Jesse sits on various committees, including the HITEC 50 and HITEC 100.

HITEC Estrella Award: Guillermo Diaz, Jr., Chief Information Officer & Senior Vice President, Information Technology, Cisco

The HITEC Estrella Award recognizes outstanding individual leadership and career success in the technology field. This individual demonstrates a personal commitment to the vision and mission of HITEC.

Guillermo Diaz, Jr., has been a key catalyst for the "Service Oriented, Architecture-led" IT transformation which has enabled the credibility and accountability of Cisco IT. He also has been the IT leader for Cisco's Transformation Portfolio, a top Cisco priority intended to align all company priorities, investments and business models to drive optimal return on investments. He is also the executive sponsor of Conexión, Cisco's Hispanic/Latino employee resource network, and a key leader on Cisco's Diversity Council.

He was recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal - 2014 "Best CIO" Community Champion and by HITEC as one of the "Top Hispanics in IT" from 2009-2014. Other awards he's received include the "National Eagle Leadership Award in 2010 and CIO Magazine's "Ones to Watch Award" in 2007.

Diaz embodies the "Estrella Award" spirit. He is a model leader and community benefactor. He is a mentor to many in the industry and a mentor to the next generation of Hispanic Leaders through his support of middle school students at the Sacred Heart Academy.

Trendsetter Award: Thaddeus Arroyo, Chief Executive Officer, AT&T Mexico

This is the first year HITEC has bestowed the HITEC Trendsetter Award, a newly created award to recognize outstanding achievement in the recipient's career while blazing a new trail for reaching the HITEC mission.

Prior to his role as CEO, AT&T Mexico, Thaddeus Arroyo served as President of AT&T Technology Development. He has successfully advanced AT&T's technology innovation strategy to become an innovation-fueled organization focused on creating new value and velocity for AT&T's business, customers and partners. Under his leadership, AT&T has won numerous awards for the innovative application of technology to transform business models and improve the customer experience. Individually, he has also been recognized for his contributions to the technology industry through thought leadership, innovation, and creativity in planning and technology deployment.

These awards, and other recognition, will be awarded at the HITEC 100 Awards Gala on Friday, November 6, 2015, at the Four Seasons in Palo Alto, California.

About HITEC:
Founded to increase Hispanic representation in the diversity-challenged technology industry, HITEC (Hispanic IT Executive Council) is a premier global executive leadership organization of senior business and IT 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. These global leaders include executives leading Global 1000 corporations while others lead some of the largest Hispanic-owned IT firms across the Americas. HITEC enables business and professional growth for its members and fills the executive pipeline with the next generation of Hispanic IT leaders.