HITEC Recognizes AT&T's CIO Thaddeus Arroyo

Dallas, Texas, February 14, 2012

AT&T’s Chief Information Officer Thaddeus Arroyo has been awarded the 2012 Estrella Award by the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC).   HITEC is an organization of senior executives that works to foster the participation of Hispanics in the senior ranks of IT fields.

The award recognizes a senior-level executive within a Fortune 100 company who has contributed to the advancement of the IT industry through thought leadership, support of diversity initiatives, and professional excellence that serves as role model for rising stars.

“HITEC is very proud to honor Thaddeus Arroyo with the 2012 Estrella Award,” said Andre Arbelaez, president of HITEC.  “Thaddeus’ leadership within AT&T and HITEC is profound.  His collaboration and guidance to HITEC has set him apart and has pushed our organization to new levels.”

Arroyo is responsible for directing AT&T’s internal information technology organization and infrastructure. 

Under Arroyo’s leadership, AT&T has been an Information Week 500 Award recipient for four consecutive years and a CIO Top 100 award recipient in four of the past five years.  In addition, AT&T received the American Business Awards’ 2009 IT Department of the Year.

Arroyo has been recognized by numerous publications including: HITEC (100 Top Hispanic IT Executives, 2012); Billing & OSS World (Industry’s Top 25 Most Influential, 2011); Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology Magazine (Top 200 Influential Hispanics in Technology, 2011); Computerworld (Premier 100 IT Leaders, 2009); Hispanic Business (2009 Profile of 100 Influentials), HENAAC Promoting Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (Executive Excellence Award, 2008); and Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology (Most Important Hispanics in Technology and Business, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010).  He received the 2002 Georgia Global CIO of the Year Award in recognition for technology leadership demonstrating innovation and creativity in planning and deploying enterprise systems.

 “I’m honored by this recognition, coming as it does from an organization that shares AT&T’s philosophy of inclusion,” said Arroyo. “It is through the work of organizations such as HITEC that we are going to succeed in helping more qualified Hispanics reach the senior levels in technical fields.  Inclusion enhances innovation through diversity of thought, approach, and understanding.  In a global economy driven by innovation, competitive advantage comes from the ability to create technology that is as broad and creative as the people it serves.” 

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