Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Orlando Hernandez has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of WestStar since January 2016. Orlando joined WestStar (then Bank of the West) in July 1999 as a Systems Analyst. He is currently responsible for the oversight of Information Technology, Project Management, and Business/Data Analytics for WestStar. Orlando has served in a number of roles within the Information Technology Department during his WestStar career, including Manager of Network Administration, Vice President of Information Technology, and 1st Vice President of Information Technology.
Orlando is actively involved with numerous community serving organizations. He currently serves as a board member for Child Crisis Center of El Paso, former board member for the Ronald McDonald House, and committee member for the Alzheimer's Association. He also donates his time and professional work knowledge for the betterment of community organizations, such as chairing the United Way's IT Steering Committee, and setting up computer work labs for community organizations that serve underprivileged minors. On multiple occasions, he has served as a guest speaker at the University of Texas at El Paso’s Masters of Business Administration program, where he has lectured on Financial Technology (Fintech) topics with MBA students.
Orlando is a graduate from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, receiving his Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering. Orlando has also gone on to receive his Masters of Business Administration at the University of Texas at El Paso. He has currently returned to his undergraduate alma mater to attend the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University, and will graduate in June 2020.