Solomon D. (“Sol”) Trujillo is a global telecommunications, media, and cable industry executive born in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1951. He has served as CEO of large-cap media-communications companies in the US, the EU, and Asia-Pacific regions. A digital pioneer and long a champion of high-speed broadband to stimulate productivity and advance innovation across all sectors of the economy, Sol is actively engaged in media-comms businesses in both developed and emerging markets, from China and South Asia to North America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He sits on corporate boards in the US, EU, and China – including Target and Promerica Bank of Los Angeles, where he is vice chairman; China’s Silk Road Technologies, where he is chairman; and Weather Investments, headquartered in Rome with investments in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
After graduating from the University of Wyoming, where he earned a B.S. in Business and an MBA in Finance, he went to work for AT&T. Seven years later, at the age of 32, he became the youngest executive officer in the history of the company.
Following the break up of the Bell monopoly in 1984, Sol joined US West, one of seven Bell operating companies established by the divestiture. Over the next 15 years, he worked his way up to chairman, CEO, and president of the telecommunications giant, headquartered in Denver. In his capacity as CEO of an enterprise with nearly 30 million customers and more than $14 billion in revenues, Sol was America’s first US-born Hispanic to serve as CEO of a Fortune 200 company.
In 2001, Sol joined the Board of Orange SA, a Paris-based multinational wireless giant with 50 million customers in 19 countries throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Two years later, at the request of France Telecom, a major Orange shareholder, Sol moved to the CEO position to prepare the company for acquisition, becoming the first American to lead a CAC-40 company.
Sol is also experience in the world of the small business enterprise (SME). In the early 1990′s he established and led the first small business marketing unit of a major telecommunications company. Ten years later, he served as CEO of Graviton, a California development-stage company that was a pioneer in the emerging “sensornetics” industry.
Sol served most recently as CEO of Telstra Corporation, Australia’s largest media-communications enterprise, where he completed the privatization of a previously government-owned monopoly and led the transformation of a traditional telecommunications utility into an integrated media-communications company – including telephone, CATV, wireless, directories, advertising, online trading, and the world’s largest, fastest, and most advanced mobile internet.
US and international companies and government agencies regularly seek Sol’s advice and counsel. In addition to his current board memberships, he has served on the corporate boards of PepsiCo (retail), EDS (business technology services), Gannett (the media company that includes USA Today), Bank of America (financial services), US West, and Orange (telecommunications) and the advisory board of Alcatel (communications).
He has been a trade policy advisor to the Clinton and the second Bush administrations, trustee of Boston College, and currently serves on the advisory board of UCLA’s School of Public Policy and the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, a California-based think tank that addresses Latino issues in North America. Sol has also served as a commissioner on the Colorado Commission of Higher Education and on the boards of business groups and state and regional economic development groups in the western states of the US.
In recognition of a lifetime of advocacy and commitment to workplace diversity, Sol received the Ronald H. Brown Corporate Bridge Builder Award from President Clinton in 1999. Sol is the recipient of honorary doctorates from the University of Wyoming and the University of Colorado. He is also active in community affairs and civic initiatives at every level and was ranked by Hispanic Business magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States
“He obviously knows his industry pretty well and he’s very much a full-service telco man. He’s got a record and talks well about what he’s achieved.”
“From Accenture’s global perspective-and based on our work with companies in the Fortune Global 500, Telstra is undertaking an industry-defining transformation program. This is one of the most significant, comprehensive and customer-focused IT and business transformations ever undertaken, and that Accenture has been involved with…this is one of the most complex and comprehensive business transformations, spanning multiple product domains and supporting all network upgrades concurrently. Also; the program is not just about an integrated customer care and billing technology-it also supports the introduction of new, next-generation products, simplifying processes and improving the cultural approach of the organization.”
“The role we are normally asked to play sees us doing a lot of systems integration work, we do network work, we do a lot of strategy work, we do a lot of business work. But at Telstra we’re bringing all of that together and it’s unique.”