Hispanic Chamber Board approves the hiring of Diane S. Sánchez as organization’s new President and CEO
SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 24, 2019) – Today, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors met and chose Diane S. Sánchez as its new President and CEO. Sánchez is a native Texan and graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. She has extensive C-suite executive experience in the Technology, Media, and Telecom (TMT) sector with extensive senior management experience in operations, strategic partnerships, corporate transformation, acquisitions, and market entry engaging in transformational technology. Prior to being selected as the President and CEO of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber, Sánchez served as a Senior Advisor for TriCap Partners, an independent merchant banking and alternative asset management firm, in New York.
She has also played several key leadership roles in transforming the America’s TMT infrastructure and has held senior leadership positions in some of the world’s leading global technology companies including serving as President and CEO for Telefonica USA and Global Crossing Latin America; President of Terremark and NAP of the Americas; President of Global Operations for Mozido; Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations of Alcatel-Lucent in the Caribbean and Latin America; and the Regional Sales Director, Alestra (AT&T) Mexico.
“We are excited to announce that we have selected Diane S. Sánchez as our new President and CEO. We received dozens of applicants, which were vetted through our CEO Search Committee,” said John Agather, 2019 Chairman of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “We are more than confident that Sánchez with her experience is the most qualified candidate and will aptly lead the Hispanic Chamber as we enter our 90th year of excellence.”
“As Chair of the CEO Search Committee, which has convened for the last three months, my focus was to find a candidate that would continue to lead the Hispanic Chamber with fortitude and vision. The Search Committee feels that Sánchez is that person and we can’t wait to see where she will take us,” said Immediate-Past Chairwoman Erika Prosper Nirenberg. “We would like to thank Rebecca Q. Cedillo for stepping up to the plate and serving as Interim President and CEO while we filled this position permanently. Her leadership and grace has been paramount during this time.”
“Teaming together with the board and staff these past four months has proved to be professionally and personally gratifying. Our mutual goal was to ensure continuity of the Hispanic Chamber’s highest quality work during this period,” said Rebecca Q. Cedillo, Interim President and CEO of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “I look forward to serve as needed in the transition and then move on to support this incredible organization as a board member.”
“This is a defining moment for San Antonio. The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SAHCC) sees a huge opportunity emerging through the success and expanding role of the Hispanic Business Community in San Antonio’s economic development efforts,” said Sánchez. “It is without question that Hispanic-owned businesses are key to the growth of the San Antonio Economy. I am honored to be selected to this position and to join the Hispanic entrepreneurs and business leaders who play a crucial role in shaping the future of San Antonio and the South Central Texas Region.”
The first public appearance for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s new President and CEO will be at the organization’s 90th Annual Gala on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Grand Hyatt. Limited tickets and sponsorships are still available and can be purchased online at http://sahcc.chambermaster.com/events/details/the-90th-annual-gala-2972.
The San Antonio’s Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 90th Annual Gala- Culture of Excellence is made possible by the generous contributions of our sponsors:
Welcome Reception Sponsor: USAA
VIP Reception Sponsor: IPSecure, Inc.
Social Media Engagement Sponsor: JPMorgan Chase
Chairman’s Supporter: Mr. and Mrs. Joan and Herb Kelleher
True Flavors Chairman’s Desayuno: True Flavors
Diamond Sponsors: Silver Eagle Distributors
13th Floor Studios, CPS Energy, Gonzaba Medical Group, H-E-B, The Juantanamos, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc.
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Founded in 1929, America’s first Hispanic Chamber and San Antonio’s only Five-Star accredited organization by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce continues to be the leader in business assistance, connecting its members to needed resources, providing procurement, marketing and networking opportunities, advocating for legislation affecting small businesses and corporations in the San Antonio metropolitan area, and better training to develop the skills of our local workforce. The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is San Antonio’s largest independent business organization with more than 1,300 members.