Jorge A. Plasencia

Jorge A. Plasencia is co-founder, chairman and CEO of Republica Havas, one of America’s leading and fastest-growing creative, media and communications agencies. Since its launch in 2006, he has provided cross-cultural strategic, brand, communications and growth counsel to Fortune 500 and other blue-chip companies, including Walmart, Toyota, Google, and Facebook.

A full member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Florida Council of 100, Jorge is a recipient of the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and has been named CEO of the Year by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and Ultimate CEO by the South Florida Business Journal.

Previously, he was corporate vice president and operating manager of Univision Radio, leading the integration and cross-platform strategies of Univision’s television, radio and digital properties. Earlier, he held the position of vice president of marketing, communications & public affairs.

Prior to Univision, Jorge was vice president at Estefan Enterprises, Inc., where he oversaw marketing, strategy and communications, and served in the management and business affairs of major recording artists, including Gloria Estefan and Shakira.

Before Estefan Enterprises, Jorge was the first director of Hispanic marketing for the Florida Marlins. During his tenure, the Marlins won their first World Series championship and were named Hispanic Marketer of the Year.

At age 17, he co-founded Amigos For Kids, a Miami-based nonprofit working to prevent child abuse and serving underprivileged children and families — an institution he has helped nurture to national prominence. This lifelong philanthropic work earned him the March of Dimes Humanitarian of the Year Award, among others.

A former board member of TotalBank, and named one of the most influential U.S. Hispanics by Poder magazine, Jorge served as board chair of UnidosUS, the nation’s largest, nonpartisan Latino civil rights and advocacy organization.

At age 29, Jorge was nominated by President George W. Bush — and confirmed by the U.S. Senate — to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors’ OCB advisory board. He currently serves on the executive committee of the board of the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, the board of Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and on the Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs Council.

Jorge graduated with honors from Barry University and completed an advanced management program at the Kellogg School. He began his career as an intern at a Miami radio station.