Influential board members of 2014.

Author:Gutierrez, Mariana
Position:Boards Edition 2014

All directors must make tough decisions. It goes with the job. They understand that in certain situations, difficult and timely decisions must be made in the best interests of the organizations they serve--decisions that require a firmness, authority, and finality that will not please everyone. Extraordinary leaders don't hesitate in such situations. They also know when not to act unilaterally but instead foster collaborative decision making.

Our 2014 highlighted directors are ones with foresight and adaptability, who do not rule from a manual but rather customize a culture that is specific to each corporation, its mission and the personality of its work force. The very best leaders are sources of positive energy, communicate clearly, concisely and motivate everyone to give their best all the time.

We have taken a look at the new trends in leadership, eyeing the shift in thinking that is necessary to nurture Corporate America in the modern age. These six leaders have gone the extra mile to take the corporations they serve to new heights through skillful command with a dynamic, collaborative approach. Congratulations to our six featured influential directors of the year. Lead on.


A respected leader, Maria Elena was named Hispanic Business Woman of the Year by Hispanic Business magazine in 2007. She is the chief executive officer and founding partner of WE Family Offices. Previously she was CEO of Gens ring Family Offices, a multi-family office that was originally established in 1989 as Asset Management Advisors (AMA). Maria Elena is a recognized leader in the wealth management industry who has also served as chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of JPMorgan Private Bank, an institution with more than $300 billion in client assets under supervision. Her career in banking began in 1977 at Citibank. She serves on the boards of the Coca Cola Company and Avon Products, where her global perspective and international marketing experience have proven significant assets as both corporations continue to implement global growth strategies.


Abelard Bru is retired and rapped a 28-year career with PepsiCo joining the company in 1976 and ultimately serving as president and CEO of Frito-Lay North America. Beginning his career with PepsiCo as a maintenance manager and rising up through the ranks with significant experience in operations, sales and marketing, he embodies the American success story. His excellent record of...

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