Guillermo Diaz, Jr.
Guillermo Diaz, Jr., is a transformative global business leader and champion of diversity, equity, and inclusion. He now serves as the chairman of the Hispanic Technology Council (HITEC), the premier global executive leadership organization of senior business and technology executives who have and are building outstanding careers in technology.
Diaz is also the founder and CEO of Conectado Inc., an innovative Web 3 digital platform with the mission to accelerate access to opportunities for those that are underrepresented. He currently serves on the board of directors for Blue Shield of California.
Prior to these roles, he was a transformational innovator across Cisco Systems and broadly in the industry where he developed a strong track record for accelerating results through people, process, and technology. Guillermo served as Cisco’s Global Chief Information Officer and was responsible for the IT organization, strategy, and services. As the head of Customer Digital Transformation, he and his team leveraged Cisco’s own digital journey and thought leadership to partner with customers developing their own transformation programs.
Guillermo began his career in telecommunications with the U.S. Navy, where he received a military scholarship that led to his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Regis University in Colorado. Prior to Cisco, Guillermo held senior IT leadership positions with some of Silicon Valley’s most respected companies, including Silicon Graphics, Intelligent Electronics (Ingram Micro), and Alza Corporation (now Johnson & Johnson)
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are a top priority and purpose for Mr. Diaz, as evidenced by his sustained work in his own organizations, across Cisco, and broadly in the community. He was a key leader of the Cisco Diversity Council and the visionary/executive sponsor of Conexión - Cisco’s Hispanic/Latino employee resource organization and Cisco’s Veteran employee resource organization. He has led the acceleration of building future technology leaders through his passionate and innovative leadership with student work-study programs such as the Cristo Rey Work Study program and scholarships delivered through the HITEC Foundation. He also serves on the impact boards of Npower – supporting veterans and young adults, the Latino Donor Collaborative and the Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Initiative.