Smeal Alumni Diversity Award
Recognizes an alumnus/alumna who has demonstrated a commitment to the college’s goal of being a diverse and mutually supportive community that provides a climate of sensitivity, open-mindedness, and respect.
2016 Award Recipient: Karen Hughes Quintos '85 Business Logistics
Karen Quintos is senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Dell, where she leads marketing for the company worldwide. She is responsible for brand strategy, global communications, customer events, social media, corporate responsibility, customer insights, marketing talent development, agency management, and sales enablement. Before becoming CMO in September 2010, Quintos served as vice president for public sector marketing. Previously, she was vice president of marketing for the commercial business in North America and has also held various executive roles in services, contact center and supply chain management. Quintos joined Dell in 2000 from Citigroup, where she served as vice president of global operations and technology. She also spent 12 years with Merck & Co., where she held a variety of roles in marketing, planning, operations, and supply chain. Quintos is a member of the board of directors of Lennox International Inc., serves as an advisory board member for Catalyst, and a board member for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She also serves on the Smeal Board of Visitors and is a 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award, the university’s highest honor. She serves as the executive sponsor of the largest networking group at Dell, Women in Search of Excellence. Forbes named Quintos one of the most influential CMOs in the world, and Working Mother magazine named her Mother of the Year. She resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband Antonio and their three children.