The Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) has named John Zamora, chief diversity officer, Deloitte LLP as its 2011 “Executive of the Year.” Zamora’s tireless dedication to increasing Latino representation throughout professional service organizations and expanding leadership opportunities for diverse talent at Deloitte was formally recognized on August 9 at the ALPFA Awards Gala at the 2011 ALPFA National Convention in Anaheim, California.

Under Zamora’s leadership, Deloitte is making great strides in attracting, retaining and developing a diverse mix of top talent. Through initiatives such as the Emerging Leadership Development Program (ELDP), which prepares high-performing minority professionals for the next stage in their careers, Zamora and Deloitte are working to increase the amount of diverse people in senior positions. A critical part of Zamora’s approach to leadership development is a sponsorship and mentoring culture that supports rising talent as they navigate their career paths and achieve their professional goals. More than 80 percent of Deloitte’s employees participated in mentoring programs last year.

Earlier this year, Zamora was named to the Hispanic Business 2011 Corporate Elite, which recognizes 25 influential Hispanic business leaders.

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