Cynthia Comparin is an experienced Independent director of companies listed on both NYSE and NASDAQ. Her areas of expertise include: international business, strategy development, business development, technology, finance and accounting (including M&A and divestitures). She is a Qualified Financial Expert (QFE). Ms. Comparin is also a National Association for Corporate Directors (NACD) Fellow and a Member of the Latino Corporate Directors Association (LCDA).
Ms. Comparin is an Independent Director of Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc., an NYSE listed company (CFR). Frost is a financial holding company. Ms. Comparin serves as Audit Committee Chair and Technology Committee Member.
Ms. Comparin was an Independent Director of Black Box Corporation, a NASDAQ listed (BBOX) company. Black Box is a network solutions provider dedicated to helping clients build, manage, optimize and provide data security to their networks. She was a member of the Audit and Nominating & Governance Committees. Black Box was acquired by AGC Networks PTE Ltd., a company organized under Singapore law.
Ms. Comparin was CEO of Animato, a technology solutions provider that partnered with clients to align business processes with technology to create value. Services included design, implementation and software as a service (SaaS). Animato’s client base consisted of global companies in the energy, retail, and services industries as well as large multi-billion-dollar healthcare and government systems. Ms. Comparin was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, Southwest and received a Tech Titans Award for Emerging Company CEO as well as a Greater Dallas Chamber International Business Award. Animato was certified as a Hispanic-owned company and was sold in 2016.
Prior to establishing Animato, Ms. Comparin was President of ALLTEL’s Enterprise Network Services Division, a group she created to provide consulting, integration and operations services to customers worldwide. She also served as Vice President and General Manager for Nortel’s Network Transformation Services Division providing consulting, project implementation and ongoing services to Fortune 1000 companies on a global basis.
Previously, Ms. Comparin was General Manager, Latin America at Recognition International, a global technology company. There, she developed and implemented the Latin American business plan including developing and managing distribution channels.
Before joining Recognition International, Ms. Comparin held both U.S. and internationally based executive management positions at EDS. She began her career as a financial analyst for LTV Aerospace and Defense Company.
Ms. Comparin earned a BBA in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin and has completed management programs at The Wharton School of Business and Harvard University. She is also active in community associations.