|Born||Solomon Dennis Trujillo
November 17, 1951
Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA
|Occupation||Chief executive officer|
|Salary||A$11 million including bonuses|
|Spouse(s)||Corine (née Fresquez) Trujillo|
Solomon Dennis "Sol" Trujillo (born November 17, 1951) is an American businessman, global media-communications and technology executive. He has served as the CEO of Telstra, US West, Orange S.A. and has served in both United States Federal government and State governments of the United States.
Currently, Sol Trujillo is the Chairman of Trujillo Group Investments.
Trujillo was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming to Solomon and Theresa (née Lujan) Trujillo. Trujillo attended Cheyenne's East High School and the University of Wyoming for his Bachelor of Business degree (BBus) and MBA. In 1973, Trujillo married Corine (née Fresquez) Trujillo and lives with his wife near San Diego, in Dana Point, California.
Trujillo began his business career in 1974 as an economic forecaster in the Mountain Bell division of AT&T. At 32, Trujillo was selected State Vice-President, serving as Chief Executive of Mountain Bell’s operations in New Mexico. He worked as President, Chairman and CEO of US WEST Communications, Inc. from 1995 to 2000. In November 2000, he became chairman and CEO of Graviton, remaining until that startup closed. In 2003, he became CEO of Orange SA, where he had served as a board member since 2001. He held that position until March 2004. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer to Australian telecom giant Telstra Communications on July 1, 2005.
During the period of Trujillo's tenure, Telstra's share price underperformed the market by around twenty percent, losing over $25 billion in value while customer complaints rose 300 percent. Major factors in the company's share price decline were the global financial crisis of 2008–2009 and being disqualified for submitting a non-compliant bid to the National Broadband Network tender issued by the Rudd Government.
From 2005-2009, Sol Trujillo was CEO of Telstra, Australia's largest media-communications company. Previously, Trujillo served as Chairman, CEO and President of US West – one of seven Baby Bell operating companies established by the divestiture ordered by the US Department of Justice in 1984 as part of the government's break-up of the AT&T monopoly. US West, later acquired by Qwest, is now a part of CenturyLink.
On February 25, 2009, Trujillo announced he would stand down as Telstra's CEO on June 30, and return to the United States with his family. On May 19, 2009, Trujillo left Telstra and shortly after returned to the US. He was replaced as CEO by David Thodey.
In 2010, Sol Trujillo together with Henry Cisneros established the Latino Donor Collaborative (LDC), a non-profit organization to advance perceptions of Hispanics and ensure their integration into American society at every level.
Views on Australia
After Trujillo left Telstra and Australia, he was quoted in an BBC interview describing Australia as racist, backward and like "stepping back in time". During his time in Australia, media commentators and cartoonists repeatedly made reference to Trujillo's Hispanic background including caricatures of him as a "bandido". The group of American executives who were recruited to work at Telstra were referred to, along with Trujillo, as the "Three Amigos". In the BBC interview, Trujillo cited Australia's "very restrictive" immigration policies and rigid rules on company privatisation as his evidence for the nation being backward and racist. When Trujillo's resignation from Telstra was announced, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd gave an "Adios" response. Trujillo described Mr Rudd's use of the term as "racism personified". Trujillo's views on racism in Australia were rejected by some businessmen and political leaders.
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