Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute

Orlando Padilla


Orlando Padilla

President & Ceo
padilla Networks, Llc

Chli Corporate Board Member Since 2010

Orlando T. Padilla is President, CEO and Founder of Padilla NetWorks LLC established in 2010. Padilla NetWorks provides global public policy, strategic planning and issues management expertise on domestic and international business topics to Fortune 500 clients and new business ventures.  Key experiences include international perspective at the highest management levels; general management; corporate responsibility achieving optimum reputation/image; seasoned Latino leadership initiatives; and serving on the board of directors of 18 non-profit organizations. Currently serves as Senior Advisor to Board members and officers representing a portfolio potential of 70 Fortune 500/1000 companies in 15 industries.

Prior to retirement from a 34 year global career at General Motors, Mr. Padilla’s last assignment was Global Senior Director, Public Policy, Corporate & Government Relations with expanded responsibilities for the General Motors Public Policy Center at General Motors headquarters in Detroit. Padilla led a variety of senior management assignments with increasing responsibilities during his long career at GM, experienced in global multi-functional, multi-sector and general management roles in achieving business turnarounds, growth, innovation, and cultural change.

Padilla has also received distinguished awards and recognition from numerous entities in business, health care, education and the media for career, leadership and civic accomplishments.  Named by Hispanic Business Magazine for several years as one of the most influential Hispanics and listed on the Corporate Elite – Top 100 Hispanic Executives.  Mr. Padilla was honored 3 different years with a Distinguished Alumni Award from New Mexico State University.  He is also a founding member of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility Corporate Executives Forum.