Kimberly Casiano is President of Kimberly Casiano & Associates, an advisory firm specializing in assisting corporations that are targeting the U.S. Hispanic market. As a member of three corporate boards, and the first Hispanic woman to serve on any of the top five “Fortune 100” corporate boards, Ms. Casiano assists in the recruitment of qualified Hispanic directors for corporate boards, bringing a unique perspective to the recruitment process and a national network of contacts in the Hispanic community. In addition, Kimberly Casiano & Associates works with top executives in formulating marketing and communications strategies, public policy, advocacy, and diversity programs to reach this dynamic, growing market, the largest minority group in the country.
Up until December 2009, Ms. Casiano was President of Casiano Communications Inc., the largest U.S. Hispanic publisher of magazines and periodicals in the country, with targeted editorial content ranging from business, to fashion and beauty, lifestyle, health, brides, parenting, travel, and decorating. Through its subsidiary Direct ResponSource, Casiano Communications also provides bilingual (English-Spanish) direct marketing and customer care services to major companies targeting customers in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and the U.S. Hispanic Market.
In December 2003, she was elected to the Board of Directors of Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F). Ford, headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, is one of the world’s largest automakers with operations in 200 markets on six continents. She has been a member of the board of directors during the turnaround -- without federal government assistance -- of this 110+ year-old iconic company.
In April 2006, Ms. Casiano was elected to the Board of Directors of Mutual of America. Founded in 1945, Mutual of America, headquartered in New York with 37 regional offices throughout the United States, provides retirement products and insurance coverage to employees of nonprofit organizations and small and medium-sized businesses.
In March 2010, Ms. Casiano was elected to the board of directors of Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (NYSE: MJN), a global leader in infant and children's nutrition and manufacturer of the number one infant formula in the world, Enfamil. MJN went public in one of the most successful IPOs on the New York Stock Exchange in 2009. Founded more than 100 years ago, MJN manufactures and markets more than 70 products in over 50 countries in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.
Ms. Casiano's involvement in business organizations includes being the first female Chapter Chair of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), Puerto Rico chapter. She is also a member of the Corporate Directors Council of the Hispanic Association of Corporate Responsibility (HACR), a consortium of the 14 most powerful Hispanic organizations in America which have joined together to use their leverage to achieve greater Hispanic representation in Corporate America’s boardrooms and management.
Ms. Casiano, for whom education is the key to success, is active on the board of a number of non-profit organizations that support education, including the Board of Trustees of the Hispanic College Fund (HCF), a national organization awarding about 800 scholarships per year to Hispanic youth. She is also co-founder and Vice-Chair of Nuestra Casa de los Niños, a Puerto Rico-based organization that provides private-school education for economically disadvantaged children in San Juan.
For 10 years, she chaired the annual fundraising event for the American Cancer Society (ACS) in Puerto Rico, and, in 2005, she was the recipient of the prestigious ACS “HOPE” national award.
Ms. Casiano studied Politics and Latin American Studies at Princeton University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1979) and obtained her Master’s in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Harvard Business School in 1981. She is married to Peruvian-born Juan F. Woodroffe, and the couple has two children.