Guillermo Diaz, Jr.

Guillermo Diaz, Jr., is a transformative global business leader and champion of diversity, equity

and inclusion. He most recently served 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 the Founder and CEO of Conectado Inc., an innovative Web 3 / AI digital platform with the mission to accelerate access to opportunities for increased representation in STEAM. He serves on the Board of Directors for Blue Shield of California, Jack in the Box (JACK) and Unicoin Inc. Also, social impact boards for the Cristo Rey High School Work Study, Npower: supporting veterans and young adults and the Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Initiative.

Previously, he was a transformational innovator across Cisco Systems and the technology 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.

Guillermo began his career in technology 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. He went on to hold technology leadership positions with some of Silicon Valley’s most respected companies, including Silicon Graphics, Ingram Micro, and Alza Corporation.

Awards and recognition:

  • GlobalMindED Inclusive Leader of the Year | Leadership and Equity | 2023
  • TheboardIQ Hall of Fame | 2021; Most Influential Leaders in Technology | 2021
  • Most Influential Leaders in Technology – Digital Trends | 2020
  • C-Suite Leaders – Top Latinos in C-Suite | 2019
  • Maestro Award – Top Industry Leadership | 2019
  • Top Ten Latino Leaders by Silicon Valley Business Journal | 2019
  • Innovation: Technology Business Management | 2017
  • Executive Sponsor of the Year – Cisco Customer Success Award | 2016
  • Top 10 LIDERES Award | 2016
  • Estrella of the Year Award for outstanding individual leadership in technology | 2015
  • Top 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM | 2016
  • Silicon Valley Business Journal Best CIO | 2014
  • National Eagle Leadership Award | 2010
  • CIO Magazine’s Ones to Watch Award | 2007

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