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News & Press: The HITEC Foundation News Room


January 18, 2019 (SAN JOSE, CA.), -- Guillermo Diaz Jr., SVP and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Cisco, has been elected Chairman of the 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 JP Morgan Chase & Co. will serve as HITEC’s Vice Chair.  Miriam Hernandez-Kakol, Partner & Customer and Operations Global Leader for KPMG 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:


  •     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 consist 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 for their service and contributions.


About HITEC Foundation:

Shaping the technology of tomorrow begins with cultivating the leadership potential of today’s young talent. In order to increase Hispanic representation in the technology industry, the HITEC Foundation supports students across the United States.Retaining these Hispanic students through the technical leadership pipeline requires continuous financial support, access to internship opportunities and inspirational mentoring. Our corporate partners invest their resources because they not only believe in these young technologist potential, but also depend on their talent to innovate advanced solutions. The generous support of like-minded partners and individuals enables the HITEC Foundation to deliver programs that have a great impact on our community.

For additional information please contact Viviana Costa, HITEC Executive Director via email at


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