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Ria Marie Carlson

Associate Vice Chancellor of Strategic Communications at UC Irvine. Formerly Senior Vice President, Ingram Micro Inc.

20 Women, continued ...Published: March 01, 2012

Career achievement: Receiving astanding ovation from a company’s board of directors.

Ria Marie Carlson has a new high-profile job: This month she became the Associate Vice Chancellor of Strategic Communications for UC Irvine. Her responsibilities include brand management, media and community relations; university-wide marketing; digital and visual media development; university development; and fundraising. Carlson previously served as the senior vice president of Communications and Brand Management for Ingram Micro Inc., the world’s largest technology distributor.

Advice to women in business: “Speak up. Based on my experience, it seems women are less likely than men to voice their opinions or ask for the next big job or assignment.”