Meet Claudia Puig, 2019 Hispanic Woman of Distinction, President and General Manager of Local Media in Miami, Univision Communications, Inc.
“I am happy to see many of our new political faces in Congress to be of Hispanic heritage. The younger generation is even more strong-willed and determined to make a mark on today’s world as well for future generations to come.”
Despite the growing popularity of social media and streaming services, radio and television still remain two of the most important media outlets for Hispanics in the U.S., and Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company that serves this important segment of the population. As President and General Manager of Local Media in Miami, Claudia Puig oversees UCI’s radio and television stations here in South Florida with responsibility for local sales, content, digital and community relations.
Claudia joined Univision in 1997 as senior vice president and regional manager and was responsible for the overall supervision of operations, finances, sales, business development and programming for a total of six Univision Radio stations in Miami, New York and Puerto Rico.
With over 20 years of experience in U.S. Hispanic media, Claudia was Vice President and General Manager of the Spanish Broadcasting Systems (SBS) prior to joining UCI. At SBS she directed all aspects of sales, marketing, promotions and business development departments at the local and national level. In addition to SBS, Claudia also held several leadership positions across advertising and sales at Tichenor Media, Heftel Broadcasting and ATT/BellSouth Yellow Pages.
Claudia currently serves as Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of Florida International University (FIU), her alma mater. She also served on the boards of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting where she chaired the Audit and Finance Committee, the Florida Association of Broadcasters, History Miami, Aetna, Health Foundation of South Florida, United Way of Miami-Dade, Hispanic Board of the American Cancer Society and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.
She is also active as a member of the Orange Bowl Committee and is Florida’s Vice Regent for the Mount Vernon Ladies Association.
Claudia is proud to have been recently named one of the “50 Most Powerful Latinas” by “Fortune” Magazine in conjunction with the Association of Latino Professionals for America. For close to ten years in a row, she has been named among the “50 Most Influential Women in Radio” by “Radio Ink Magazine” and was also honored as “Manager of the Year” receiving the prestigious “Medalla de Cortez” Award presented by “Radio Ink Magazine.”
Claudia was born in Havana, Cuba. She and her husband of nearly 30 years, Richard Amundsen, an insurance agent, have three grown children and five grandchildren. They love traveling to Italy and enjoying Florida’s open waterways while boating.
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Here are the 2017 Hispanic Women of Distinction:
GLORIA L. DIAZ-DANIELS –Div Sales Mgr Sales-Pharmacy Walmart – Palm Beach Colombian Born Latina Shines As Mentor and Walmart Sales Exec
ADRIANA FAZZANO FICANO – Chief of Staff, Broward College – Broward County Colombian-American Latina Leads College PR and Community Organizations
BLANCA GUERRA -Broward County Schools-Curriculum Sup/Dual Languages –Dade Cuban Latina Excels at Education and Preserving Heritage Languages
KARINA GOMEZ-HERRERA – Pres. CEO Karnna Fashion & Company – Broward: Outstanding Venezuelan Latina Excels as a “Hispanic Fashion Advisor”
Dr IVERIS LUZ MARTINEZ- Assoc Prof. Herbert Werthein College/Medicine FIU-Dade Cuban-American Latina Is a Premier Healthcare Anthropologist
LORENA MASTRARRIGO -Assistant Public Defender, Broward County – Broward Argentinian-American Latina Attorney Helping Hispanic Community
CHRISTINA PEREZ McDOWELL – Founder, Solutions by CPM, LLC – Dade- Cuban-American Latina Brand Manger and Executive Consultant
JACQUELINE NUNEZ – Co-owner, SOMA Medical Centers PA – Palm Beach Colombian Latina Healthcare Financial Officer Supports Those In Need
Dr. JACQUELINE PENA – Dean Academic Affairs – Miami Dade College – Dade Dominican Bronx Latina Secures Grants to Drive Student Success
MICHELLE MARTINEZ-REYES- CMO, Greenspoon Marder Law Firm – Broward Latina Cuban-American Chief Marketing Officer Is Growing Brands
MARIELLE SOLOGUREN – Vice President. Pierson Grant Public Relations – Broward Latina of Ancestry Cuban-Peruvian Making Waves in PR
RACHEL TOURGEMAN –Community Relations Dir.- Florida National University-Dade Panamanian-American Latina Community Relations Professional Advocates for Victims
LATINA PIONEER of the YEAR:
DAISY EXPOSITO-ULLA – Chairman, CEO of d exposito & Partners, a visionary creative leader in cross-cultural brand building for more than 30 years, Daisy has been recognized by numerous organizations and named as one of the most influential Latinas in the United States.