This feature presents sixteen examples of strong candidates for corporate boards. They include:
The President and COO of a major unit of a Fortune #281 energy company.
The CIO of a Fortune #11 telecom company.
The CIO of a Fortune #15 IT company.
The CMO of a name-brand retailer that is the equivalent of a Fortune #144 company.
The Senior Principal Advisor for External Relations at a development bank serving 26 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The recent former CFO of a Fortune #134 cable television company.
The CSO of a Fortune #11 global restaurant chain.
The Chief Investment Officer of a $10 billion dollar investment fund.
The President of a major unit of a Fortune #328 restaurant company.
The SVP/CAO of a leading food service and facilities management company that is the equivalent of a Fortune #299 company.
The President and CEO of a privately held restaurant company with 400 units.
The CSO of a Fortune #57 global beverage company.
The VP of M&A and Corporate Real Estate of a Fortune #57 global beverage company.
The EVP and COO of a bank with $10 billion in assets.
The Global Transformation and Productivity Officer for a Fortune #28 global consumer products company.
The attributes and experiences most relevant to each candidate are presented along with a synopsis of their background.
In the National Association of Corporate Directors 2012-2013 Public Company Governance Survey, corporate directors were asked,
"Which Attributes and Experiences Are the Most Important When Recruiting Directors?
Specific Industry Experience
Risk Assessment, Information Technology
Most Important Attributes and Experiences: Leadership Experience, Specific Industry Experience, Financial Expertise, International/Global Experience.
Arriola is president and chief operating officer for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), which serves 20.9 million consumers through 5.8 million meters in more than 500 communities. The Southern California Gas Company is a unit of Sempra Energy, which is ranked #281 in the Fortune 500 with $9.6 billion in revenue and $859 million in profits. With degrees from both Stanford and Harvard, he has significant financial expertise, deep energy sector experience, and international experience with South America.
Previously a long-time veteran for the Sempra family of companies, Arriola left Sempra in 2008 to work for Silicon Valley-based SunPower Corporation, a solar panel manufacturer, as its executive vice president and chief financial officer.
From 1994 to 2008, Arriola held a variety of increasingly responsible leadership positions within the Sempra family of companies.
From 2006 to 2008, he was senior vice president and chief financial officer of both San Diego Gas & Electric Company and SoCalGas. Previously, Arriola also served as vice president of communications and investor relations for Sempra Energy and regional vice president and general manager of Sempra's South American operations. He first joined the company in 1994 as treasurer for Pacific Enterprises/SoCalGas.
Arriola serves on the board of directors for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Western Energy Institute and the California Business Roundtable.
Arriola has a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in economics from Stanford University.
Most Important Attributes and Experiences: Leadership Experience, Specific Industry Experience, Strategy Development, International/Global Experience, Risk Assessment, Information Technology, Medical/Scientific/Technological Expertise.
Arroyo is CIO of AT&T, which is ranked at #11 in the Fortune 500 with $127.4 billion in revenues and $7.26 billion in profits. One of the top CIO's in the world, Arroyo is an integral member of the C-suite of a major, IT-driven, global company. Arroyo has a tremendous depth and breadth of expertise in STEM and business, including degrees in mathematics and business administration, and a stellar career in information technology.
Arroyo is responsible for AT&T's information technology. He was appointed to his current position in January 2007, following the close of the merger between AT&T, BellSouth and Cingular.
In his role, he is responsible for directing the company's internal information technology organization and infrastructure, including Internet and Intranet capabilities, developing applications systems across the Mobility & Home Solutions markets, Business & Network Solutions segments, and AT&T's corporate systems. He also oversees AT&T's enterprise data centers.
Arroyo has successfully advanced AT&T's IT transformation strategy from integration, rationalization, and capabilities development to an innovation fueled organization focused on transforming business processes and market offerings in ways that create new value and velocity for AT&T's business, customers, and partners. Under Arroyo's leadership, AT&T has been consistently recognized for thought leadership and creativity in information technology innovation and execution. Awards include the Information Week 500 for five consecutive years and the CIO 100 Award in six of the last seven years. AT&T was also recognized by Computerworld as one of the 100 best companies to work for in IT for 2012 and 2013, and by the American Business Awards as the 2009 IT Department of the Year.
Most Important Attributes and Experiences: Leadership Experience, Specific Industry Experience, Strategy Development, International/Global Experience, Risk Assessment, Information Technology, Medical/Scientific/ Technological Expertise.
Baez is senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO) of HP, which is ranked at #15 on the Fortune 500 with $120.4 billion in revenues and losses of $12.65 billion. Baez has an extensive depth and breadth of experience in IT with name-brand companies across industries such as information technology, consumer goods, scientific equipment, industrial equipment, and defense.
Baez is responsible for the global information technology (IT) strategy and all of the company's IT assets that support HP employees and help drive strategic company priorities. This includes worldwide application development, the company's private cloud, IT security, data management, technology infrastructure, and telecommunication networks.
Baez is the chairman for HP's Global Diversity & Inclusion Board, an entity that serves as the strategic governing body for global diversity and inclusion (D&I) at Hewlett-Packard. The Board works to align D&I to business imperatives, representing workplace needs and customer/marketplace opportunities; drives accountability for key outcomes of D&I strategic priorities; and engages HP leadership in championing HP's commitment to D&I.
Baez's career spans more than three decades with global Fortune 100 companies in industries including manufacturing, 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 enterprise-wide information systems initiatives. Before Kimberly-Clark, Baez served in CIO roles for Thermo Fisher Scientific, 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.
Most Important Attributes and Experiences: Leadership Experience, Specific Industry Experience, Financial Expertise, Strategy Development, International/Global Experience, Marketing, and Government Experience.
Delgado-Jenkins is Executive Vice President, Merchandising, Marketing, Logistics, and Innovation at 7-Eleven, a brand-name global retailer with 51,000 stores and over $20 billion in revenue. If 7-Eleven were a public company, it would rank at #144 in the Fortune 500. A graduate of West Point and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern, he also has significant experience in finance, having held senior leadership roles with the U.S. Treasury.
In addition to leading Merchandising, Marketing, Logistics, and Innovation at 7-Eleven, Inc. Jesus also leads 7-Eleven's Supply Chain of 52 bakery, commissary, and distribution facilities. 7-Eleven has over 51,000 stores worldwide, with over 8,100 in the US and Canada generating over $20 Billion in revenue. Jesus joined the company as SVP Merchandising and Logistics in 2010 and was soon after assigned to lead Marketing in 2011 as well. In 2012, Jesus was promoted to his current EVP role after founding the Business Innovation Group (BI). BI is an entrepreneurial team inside 7-Eleven accelerating the creation and adoption of new concepts, technologies, businesses and digital/social into the 7-Eleven system. He also led the founding of 7-Venures, LLC, 7-Eleven's innovation capital fund.
Anna Escobedo Cabral
Most Important Attributes and Experiences: Leadership Experience, Specific Industry Experience, Financial Expertise, Strategy Development, International/Global Experience, Risk Assessment, and Government Experience.
Anna Escobedo Cabral is the Senior Principal Advisor for External Relations at the Inter-American Development Bank, which operates in 26 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Cabral is the former Treasurer of the United States and has served in senior leadership roles with the Smithsonian, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, and has worked in the U.S. Senate. With degrees from the University of California, the Harvard...