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Alumnus David Olivencia Calls Right IT Moves in Global Markets
May 16, 2014
Hispanic Role Model: David Olivencia is leading the media and technology industry lines as senior vice president for Softtek, a Mexico-based global information technology solutions company. He is a 1994 electrical engineering graduate from Whiting, Indiana. (Photo by Royce Photography)
David Olivencia uses his engineering skills to set international business strategies that have helped Global 500 organizations and prominent international non-profits remain ahead of the competition in the high-tech marketplace. That’s why he earned the Alumni Association’s Career Achievement Award this spring during Rose-Hulman’s Honors and Award Ceremony.
“When an organization spends a significant amount of money on information technology systems to enable business results, the engineer must find ways to apply those resources in the most efficient manner,” the 1994 electrical engineering graduate says of his work. “The key strategically is to figure out a way to use these resources better and faster than your competition.”
Finding those strategies has made Olivencia an invaluable resource for a list of technology heavyweights that feature Verizon, Oracle, Ford Motor Company, Nippon Telegraph, and Accenture. For the past three years he has been director of information technology strategy and planning for Verizon, leading a team that’s been focused on leveraging technology to meet business objectives.
Olivencia’s next challenge will be leading the media and technology industry lines as senior vice president for Softtek, a Mexico-based global information technology solutions company. It’s another step toward achieving his career objective to serve on the board of directors for a Fortune 500 company.
That’s a long way from Whiting, Indiana, from whence Olivencia came to Rose-Hulman as a first-generation college student. “I have received so much from this great country, and I give back whenever possible,” he says.
Olivencia had been recognized as one of the most influential Hispanics in America by Hispanic Business Magazine, serves on the Hispanic IT Executive Council, and is a part of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute with 10 members of the U.S. Congress. He also has discussed science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) issues to Congress, NASA, NASDAQ Opening Bell, and the National Association of Corporate Directors.
“Our nation has a huge STEM issue, and it’s even more severe in our inner cities,” says Olivencia, who appreciates that diversity and global issues are being addressed in Rose-Hulman’s Strategic Plan. “Business leaders are well aware that they compete in a diverse world, and we need to encourage more diverse leaders in the technology sector.”
Olivencia completed Harvard University’s corporate governance program and earned a master’s of business administration from the University of Notre Dame. He and his wife have three children.