2017 Lifetime Leadership Award Recipient

Sol-Trujillo-thumbSol Trujillo

Solomon D. (“Sol”) Trujillo is an international business executive who has served as CEO of large-cap global companies in the US, EU, and Asia-Pacific region – including US West (now CenturyLink), Orange (now France Telecom) and Telstra, the Australian media-communications company. In each he was a digital pioneer, leading the deployment of broadband, smart devices and digital services – including the mobile internet and ultra-high speed wireless networks – to stimulate productivity and innovation across all sectors of the economy.

He currently sits on corporate boards in the US, EU, and China – including in the US, Western Union, WPP plc, the EU-based advertising and public relations multinational; and in Asia, Fang Holdings, Ltd., China’s leading real estate Internet portal, and China’s Silk Road Technologies, where he is board chairman.

Sol has previously served on the boards of Target, Bank of America, PepsiCo, EDS, Orange, Telstra, and Gannett, the newspaper chain that includes USA Today. In the public sector, Mr. Trujillo served as a trade policy advisor to the Clinton and Bush administrations and remains active in public policy issues related to immigration, trade, productivity, and fiscal affairs.

In recognition of his lifetime commitment to workplace diversity, Sol received the Ronald H. Brown Corporate Bridge-Builder Award from President Clinton in 1999. Most recently, Sol received the prestigious National Hispanic Hero Award from the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI), recognizing his pioneering achievements in the telecommunications industry, his advocacy on behalf of Hispanics, and his leadership of initiatives to re-brand the Hispanic community.

Born in 1951 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Mr. Trujillo holds a Bachelor of Science in business and an MBA (finance) from the University of Wyoming with honorary doctorates from the University of Wyoming and the University of Colorado.