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tion and infrastructure security operations and programs for Comcast Corporation. Since taking her post in 2009, Myrna has consolidated no less than five security and compliance teams into a central organization and also led several initiatives that have placed the security organization in a position to be a revenue enabler for the company. Prior to joining Comcast, Soto was the chief information security officer and vice presi- dent of IT governance for MGM Resorts International. She has also held executive positions at American Express and Nor- wegian Cruise Line. She holds a master’s degree in industrial psychology and an MBA. The Hispanic IT Executive Council named Ms. Soto the Member of the Year in 2013.

DHL Global Forwarding Ricardo Barta

Chief Information Officer for the Americas DHL Global Forwarding, a business unit of DPDHL

Ricardo Barta is a leader in the world’s largest logistics group. Barta is a member of the DHL’s Americas Management Board and he is responsible for leading a multinational Information Tech- nology (IT) team with a transfor- mational management agenda, while reshaping IT capabilities, strategy and maximizing IT value for cost in the region. Carrying out his responsibilities based out of Atlanta, Georgia, he over- sees all IT internal and external resources throughout the Americas region.

A driven IT executive with a 23-year track record in Fortune 100 global corporations, he joined DHL in January 2012 under his current position, and has held various executive-level posi- tions. Prior to joining DHL, he served as head of global IT strat- egy and chief architect for GlaxoSmithKline Global Consumer Business. Barta was also CIO regional head of IT Americas for the Royal Philips consumer electronics business division, in addition to being head of regional IT delivery and operations for their semiconductors division. Barta sits on the Executive Board of HITEC (Hispanic IT Executive Council), and has a master’s degree in information systems management from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and a bachelor’s degree in sys- tems engineering from the Air Force Academy in Lima, Peru.

Gartner Inc.

Eugenio (Gene) Alvarez Research Vice President

Gene Alvarez leads research on e-commerce, including topics such as business models, cloud, Software as a Service (SaaS), open source technologies, social commerce, mobile commerce and context-aware computing, product reviews, recommen- dations and CRM organizational vision and strategy. He is

chairperson for Gartner’s premier Customer 360 Summit and has spoken at many international events. Alvarez has 30 years of business and IT experience in impact assessment, vendor management, project management, software development and delivery of complex business applications.

Hewlett-Packard Company

Ramón Baez Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Ramón Baez is responsible for HP’s information tech- nology (IT) strategy and all company IT assets that sup- port HP employees and help drive strategic priorities. This includes application develop- ment, the company’s private cloud, IT security, data management, technology infrastructure, and telecom networks.

Baez’s career spans more than three decades with

Fortune 100 companies in industries including manufactur- ing, packaged goods, aerospace and defense, and products and services for the scientific community. Prior to HP, Baez was vice president of information technology services and CIO of Kimberly-Clark Corp., where he was responsible for leading the company’s information systems initiatives. Before Kimberly-Clark, Baez served in CIO roles for Thermo Fisher Sci- entific Inc. and Honeywell’s Automation and Control Solution group. He began his career at Northrop Grumman, where he spent 25 years and finished as CIO for its electronics systems sensor sector. Baez graduated from the University of La Verne in California in 1994, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Johnson & Johnson

Francisco (Frank) De Armas Vice President, IT and Chief Information Officer Global Surgery Americas Johnson & Johnson

Frank De Armas is responsible for all IT activities for the John- son & Johnson Global Surgery Group and for any franchise related solutions deployed globally. He is also responsible for professional education and R&D centers of excellence, and all medical devices and diagnostics shared services in Canada and Latin America. He also serves on the Global Ethicon Global Management Board. In his previous role, he was responsible for directing application development, process excellence, and management of outsourced development centers and level 2 and 3 support of applications.

Prior to Johnson & Johnson, De Armas spent over 25 years HISPANIC ENGINEER & Information Technology | Fall 2014 19

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