The following is a common profile of corporate directors that is based having conducted dozens of interviews with Fortune 1000 corporate directors.
* College graduate
* High degree of professional success over 20-30 years
* Deep industry experience
* Long track record of top leadership
* Strong professional skills and knowledge (finance, strategy, international, information technology, marketing, government/regulatory, risk assessment, medicine/ science, legal, human resources)
* Experience serving on corporate, private, non-profit, and governmental boards
* Extensive social capital and professional network along with a great reputation
Antonio Carrillo, Jose Luis Prado, and Nina Vaca are three examples of Hispanic corporate directors who fit this profile. In recent interviews, they shared insights on their personal experiences of getting on corporate boards.
ANTONIO CARRILLO is the Chief Executive Officer of Mexichem. Prior to joining Mexichem, Carrillo was a Group President at Trinity Industries Inc. He brings his extensive experience in international business, energy, transportation, and construction to his board service at Trinity Industries and at the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. Carrillo holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration with a major in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Carrillo, when asked how he came to serve on the board of the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, credited a professional relationship and word of mouth with his appointment. He told the story of how he joined Trinity Industries Inc. as a board member subsequent to having departed the company after working there for 17 years. During his tenure at Trinity Industries, he came to know board member John Adams, who also served on the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group board. "John Adams was retiring from the Dr. Pepper Board," Carrillo explains. "John knew me well for many years at Trinity and recommended me to the Chairman." This recommendation led to Carrillo's appointment to the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group board.
JOSE LUIS PRADO is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Evans Foods. Prado has a long history in the consumer goods industry. He previously served in various leadership roles at PepsiCo, Inc. including President of Quaker Foods--North America and President of Quaker Goods & Snacks North America. Prado serves on the board of Northern Trust and on the board of Brinker International, Inc.
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