WALTER RODRIGUES

Sr. Director – Marketing Strategy & Planning @ Amazon

Walter was born in Montevideo Uruguay and arrived in the United States with his parents at the age of nine. He advanced through the ESL program at his school in Orange New Jersey. Walter learned the value of hard work and education from his grandparents and parents who owned small businesses when he was a child.

Today Walter works for Amazon in Newark NJ and takes the train to Newark Penn station every day. He is the Sr. Director of Strategy & Planning for Audible and works directly with the Chief Marketing Officer and interacts with the top executives every day. He is focused on developing the Strategic Intent and Business Strategy for Audible by ensuring the seamless functioning of the marketing organization.

Prior to joining Amazon, he worked for Verizon where he made his way up from a store manager to a Senior executive. He earned both his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Rutgers University in Newark and his Masters of Business Administration from Centenary College in Parsippany New Jersey while working at Verizon.

Due to his hard work and education Walter quickly moved up the ranks to his current role as an executive and leader of the business where he is continually motivated to learn and expand on his responsibilities to further his mindset and career.

Walter was also a member of the National Society of Hispanic MBA, where he served on the board as the Executive Vice President and also previously served his church as a Board Member and on the church’s Youth Committee. Walter also enjoys working with HISPA and often volunteers to tell his story to Middle and High School students who are motivated to further their education.