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In 2008, when the HE&IT list showcased how three types of STEM professionals achieve success and how the flexibility pro- vided by their studies and careers helped propel them upward, Vega was in the group that had used a combination of a STEM degree and an MBA to enhance their potential.


“Many professionals who come from a STEM background don’t understand that true innovation is an idea plus an op- portunity plus a sustainable business that creates value,” Vega observed. “I studied for my MBA (at Northern Illinois Univer- sity) while I was working on my first big management assign- ment,” he noted. “The education I received in business school helped cultivate my skills, particularly in leading organizations through change.”


The biggest change for Vega came after the close of the AT&T- BellSouth merger, which consolidated ownership of Cingular and landed him as a group president-Regional Telecommu- nications and Entertainment. Vega described the merger as “the biggest in the history of wireless (AT&T) and the largest all-cash merger in U.S. history.”


From 2008 to 2012, he served as president and CEO-AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. In addition, he led the com- pany’s U-verse TV, which has received industry awards.


In the community, Vega has acted as chairman of Junior Achievement Worldwide and chairman of Hispanic initiatives for the Boy Scouts of America. In recognition of his out- standing contributions, Vega was inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s Alumni Hall of Fame. He is the author of the best-selling book Obstacles Welcome: Turn Adversity into Advantage in Business and Life (Thomas Nelson, 2009).


In addition to Vega, this edition of top Hispanics features senior leaders with at least 10 years’ experience in a science, engineering, technology or math (STEM) field. They wield enterprise-wide, high-dollar influence and are in a position of power to affect the stock performance of their company. They also oversee a large employee base that looks up to them for leadership and direction. They have made a significant, quanti- fiable personal impact on industry, impacted society economi- cally, policy-wise or technologically as a business leader or volunteer. They have also made contributions that uplift the Hispanic community and maintain a position to influence pub- lic policy regarding technology and education for minorities.


AT&T


Ralph de la Vega President and CEO, AT&T Mobility


Ralph de la Vega started his career in 1974 as a management assistant with BellSouth. Before joining Cin- gular in January 2004, he was presi- dent of BellSouth Latin America, responsible for Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Peru,


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Ecuador, Panama, Nicaragua, Brazil and Guatemala. After the close of the AT&T-BellSouth merger, which consolidated ownership of Cingular, Vega was appointed group president- regional telecommunications and entertainment. From 2008 to 2012, he served as president and CEO-AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. In addition, he led the company’s U-verse TV, which has received industry awards. In the community, Vega has acted as chairman of Junior Achievement Worldwide and chairman of Hispanic initiatives for the Boy Scouts of America. In recognition of his outstanding contributions, Vega was inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s Alumni Hall of Fame. Vega earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Florida Atlantic University and an MBA from Northern Illinois University. He is the author of the best-selling book “Obstacles Welcome: Turn Adversity into Advantage in Busi- ness and Life” (Thomas Nelson, 2009).


F. Thaddeus Arroyo Chief Information Officer


Thaddeus Arroyo is responsible for directing AT&T’s informa- tion technology organization, including Internet and Intranet capabilities, developing applica- tions systems across the mobility and home solutions markets, business and network solutions


segments, and corporate systems. He also oversees AT&T’s en- terprise data centers. Arroyo has advanced AT&T’s information technology transformation strategy in ways that create new value for AT&T’s business, customers, and partners.


Under Arroyo’s leadership, AT&T has been consistently rec- ognized for thought leadership and creativity in information technology innovation and execution. Awards include the Information Week 500 for five consecutive years and the CIO 100 Award in six of the last seven years. AT&T was also recog- nized by Computerworld as one of the 100 best companies to work for in IT for 2012. Arroyo is an active board member for the National Center for Women and Information Technology and the Hispanic IT Executive Council. He also serves on the SMU Cox School of Business Executive Advisory Board. Arroyo has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Master’s of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.


Comcast Corporation Myrna Soto Chief information and infrastructure officer


Myrna Soto is a leading information security executive with nearly 25 years of focused information tech- nology and security experience and accolades within a variety of indus- tries. Soto is responsible for security strategy and development of informa-


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