Since 2004, Rafael Pastor has been Chairman & CEO of Vistage International, the world's leading chief executive membership organization. Established in 1957, headquartered near San Diego, and dedicated to executive development and education, Vistage helps more than 14,000 senior executives in 16 countries to become better leaders, making better decisions and achieving better results. The companies of Vistage's members collectively employ more than two million people and generate approximately $300 billion in revenues. Previously, Mr. Pastor lived in New York City and had an extensive background in both leading and advising business enterprises. He held senior executive positions at global media companies, including CEO of Hoyts Cinemas Corporation; President of USA Networks International; Executive Vice President, International, of News Corporation and Fox Television; and President of CBS/Fox Video International. He dealt with all aspects of the film, television, news and publishing businesses in the United States and throughout the world. Subsequently, he and his partners founded the Sonenshine Pastor investment banking and private equity firm.
Mr. Pastor started his career as an attorney, first at the Wall Street law firm of Hawkins, Delafield and Wood and then as Associate General Counsel at CBS Inc. He earned his BA degree from Columbia University and JD degree from NYU School of Law, serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations, and speaks several languages. He and his wife, Marina, reside in Rancho Santa Fe, and are the parents of Stefan (20) and Monica (16).