Angel is the Chief Operating Officer at HERE, the Open Location Platform company that enables people, enterprises and cities to harness the power of location. By making sense of the world through the lens of location, HERE empowers its customers to achieve better outcomes – from helping a city manage its infrastructure or an enterprise optimize its assets to delivering drivers to their destination safely. As COO, Angel is responsible for the strategic and operational execution of the company’s core business, with particular emphasis on operational excellence, innovation and systems automation.
A recognized transformation leader, Angel brings over 30 years of management expertise with some of the world’s leading companies. Prior to HERE, he served as SVP-Cisco Transformation, leading the Accelerated Cisco Transformation Program, a multi-year effort that helped redirect Cisco’s business model and enabled significant increases in growth and shareholder value. Prior to this role, Mendez lead Cisco’s Customer Value Chain Management organization, responsible for corporate quality, new product introduction, strategic sourcing, manufacturing, logistics, and customer service. Prior to Cisco, he served as SVP of Global Operations for Palm, where he led the company’s operational turnaround. Mendez began his career at GE, graduating from the Manufacturing Management Program and serving 11 years in increasingly responsible assignments. Following GE he served in senior executive roles at AlliedSignal, Citigroup, and Gateway, Inc.
Mendez serves on the BOD of Kinaxis (TXS: KXS), and is an Officer of the Board of Directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (“AGB”), as well as the Lafayette College Board of Trustees where he chairs the Committee on Trustees and Governance. A native of Cuba, Mendez holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College and an MBA from the Crummer School at Rollins College.