Roberto Llamas is executive vice president, chief Human Resources & Community Empowerment officer at Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America.
Mr. Llamas joined Univision in March 2011 and has led efforts to improve the Company’s organization and human resources performance since then. Key initiatives he has championed include enhancing organization and leadership productivity and optimizing resource allocation. He has also implemented robust programs for leadership and talent development as well as for community access and empowerment toward improved education and health. Prior to Univision, Mr. Llamas was at The Nielsen Company where he served as chief Human Resources officer for the Consumer Research Company with 35,000 employees in 100 countries. At Nielsen, he helped build a high performance culture, implementing robust leadership and talent development systems and putting in place aggressive human capital strategies to invest and succeed in developing markets. Mr. Llamas also had corporate responsibility for Public Affairs during one year of his tenure at Nielsen.
Prior to Nielsen, Mr. Llamas served as chief Administrative officer for The Cleveland Clinic, a top rated health care institution with 45,000 employees. There he implemented productivity initiatives that led to operating gains and improved patient and employee satisfaction. Mr. Llamas also introduced six sigma and wellness programs and significantly upgraded compensation, diversity, and leadership development programs. He formerly was the chief Human Resources officer for Lehman Brothers and was also a Corporate officer at General Electric where he headed up HR for three of GE’s largest businesses. Mr. Llamas has also owned and managed his own consulting firm and held senior leadership positions at TRW and Southern California Edison.
Mr. Llamas is a graduate of California Polytechnic University and earned a master’s degree in organizational development from Pepperdine University. He has served on the board of trustees for several community and education based organizations. He was named one of “100 Most Influential” by Hispanic Business Magazine in 2009, one of the “Most Powerful/Influential Latinos in Entertainment” by The Image Foundation in 2008 and again in 2011, and “Top 10 Lideres” by Hispanic Executive Magazine in 2012. He has been profiled and/or featured in several publications, including the April 2012 edition of Talent Management Magazine (as its cover story), the October 2012 Poder magazine, and the July/August 2011 issue of Hispanic Executive.