|Born||Solomon Dennis Trujillo
November 17, 1951
Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA
|Education||University of Wyoming|
|Occupation||Global media-communications and technology executive|
|Salary||A$11 million including bonuses|
|Spouse(s)||Corine (née Fresquez) Trujillo|
|Parent(s)||Solomon (father) & Theresa (mother)|
Solomon Dennis "Sol" Trujillo (born November 17, 1951) is an American businessman, global media-communications and technology executive. Trujillo has led major large-cap corporations on three corners of the world – the US, EU and Australia – and managed business operations in more than 30 countries in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Australasia. He has served as the CEO of Telstra, US West, and Orange S.A..
Trujillo is the Chairman of Trujillo Group Investments.
In 1999, he joined Desmond Tutu as a recipient of the Ronald H. Brown Corporate Bridge Builder Award from President Bill Clinton. Trujillo served as a trade policy advisor to the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations. In 2010, Sol Trujillo together with Henry Cisneros established the Latino Donor Collaborative (LDC), a 501(c)(3) to advance accurate perceptions of Hispanics and ensure their integration into American society at every level.
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. He has three adult daughters and one grandchild.
AT&T/Mountain Bell/US West
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.
In 1992, Trujillo was named CEO of US West’s Marketing Resources, where he developed the first electronic Yellow Pages. In 1996, Trujillo was named president of US WEST Communications, Inc.– advancing to president and CEO in 1998, becoming America's first native-born Latino to serve as CEO of a Fortune 150 company. In 1999, Trujillo was named president, CEO and Chairman of US West.
In November 2000, he became chairman and CEO of Graviton, remaining until that startup was later acquired by Xsilogy.
In early 2003, after two years as a member of the Orange SA board of directors (2001-2004), Trujillo was named to serve as CEO of London-based Orange where he was the first American to lead a CAC 40 company.
During 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 to 2009, 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.
- SouFun Holdings: 2014–present
- Western Union: 2010–present
- WPP: 2010–present
- ProAmerica Bank: 2006–present
- Target Corporation: 1994–2013
- Bank of America: 1996–2000
- US WEST, Inc.: 1999–2000
- PepsiCo: 2000–2005
- Orange S.A.: 2001–2004
- Gannett: 2002–2006
- Telstra Corporation, Ltd.: 2005–2009
- Foxtel: 2005–2006
- Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS): 2005–2005
- Wind Telecommunications: 2009–2011
- Weather Investments S.p.A.: 2009–2012
- Maya Entertainment Group, Inc.: 2010–2010
- McCain Institute: 2013 – present
- Latino Donor Collaborative: 2010–present
- UCLA School of Public Policy: 2000–2009
- Boston College: 2000–2008
- Tomas Rivera Policy Institute (TRPI): 1991–2010
Awards and honors
- Named National Hero of the Year Award by United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) for his accomplishments in business and the private sector and contributions as a positive influence and role model for the Latino community (2013).
- Named “CEO of the Year” by Australian TelecomMagazine, in recognition of his achievements in the privatization and transformation of Telstra (2008).
- Corporate Recognition Award from A Better Chance, in recognition of his commitment to supporting and advancing educational opportunities for students of color (2000).
- Presented with the Ronald H. Brown Corporate Bridge Builder Award by President Clinton for creating opportunities for women and minorities (1999).
- Honorary Doctorate, University of Wyoming (2000); University of Colorado (2001).
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 of Australia 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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- The Australian
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- Carswell, Andrew: Business rejects Sol Trujillo's claims of racism in Australia, The Daily Telegraph, May 27, 2009.