Mercedes Figueroa Head of Inbound, Outbound Logistics, Customs and Programming-Scheduling FCA Mexico
Mercedes has over 20 years of supply chain experience working in a variety of management positions in procurement, finance, customs, logistics, operations and strategic network optimisation. She began her career with Chrysler Mexico in 1996. Mercedes has managed international logistics operations in Europe and South America, and was responsible for the launches and subsequent operations of Chrysler’s US, Canada and Mexico Integrated Logistics Centers. In addition to her regular role at FCA she has helped to found and served as President of the company’s Women’s Forum.
Manuel Fernandez Director International Promotion State of Guanajuato
Oscar Albin Executive President National Industry of Automotive Parts
Oscar, who was born in Mexico City, completed his university studies in mechanical engineering at Tecnológico de Monterrey and is currently pursuing a master's degree in renewable energies. He began his career in 1982 at Volkswagen of Mexico before a long stint with Chrysler that culminated in him becoming Director of Procurement and Quality at Chrysler de México. During his tenure at Chrysler, he served in Detroit, Michigan, as Development Manager responsible for Mexican suppliers and subsequently, as a result of the merger of Daimler and Chrysler, spent a period with Mercedes-Benz Spain as Procurement Director. He has held his current post since 2012.
Peter Koltai Director of Productions Control/ Logistics Audi Mexico
An engineer by trade, Peter started his career with Audi AG in the mid 1990’s serving in international logistics planning. He moved to Cosworth Technology, based in Worcester, UK for three years before returning to Germany to a role in inbound logistics. Other senior positions within Audi followed before taking up his current position in Mexico.
Peter holds a Master Degree of Nautical Science from the Nautical University of Odessa (UdSSR) and the Technical University of Györ (Hungary) and a Master Degree of Business Administration/ Engineering from the Technical University of Würzburg/ Schweinfurt, Germany.
Peter says, “Our new factory in San Jose Chiapa, Mexico is a clear ambassador of “Vorsprung durch Technik”.
Rafael Lopez Material Planning and Logistics Director Ford Mexico
Rafael has extensive experience in manufacturing, quality and supply chain with over 30 years working for OEMs and their suppliers in Mexico and abroad. He holds a Bachelor´s Degree in Mechanical/Electrical Engineering from Universidad La Salle and is a post graduate in quality and statistics.
Albert Zapanta President & CEO United States - Mexico Chamber of Commerce
The Mexico Chamber of Commerce, headed by Albert, has operations in 17 regional offices throughout the United States and Mexico.
He has held a variety of senior public and private sector roles including ARCO where he served for 18 years. He was a member of the Department of State′s Advisory Committee on International Trade, delegate to the U.S.-Mexico Partnership for Prosperity, and Chairman of the Reserve Forces Policy Board. His exemplary military service resulted in a Silver Star award, five Bronze Stars for Valor, the Purple Heart and thirty other awards for service during the Vietnam War. He rose to the rank of Major General.
Albert is a graduate of Harvard School of Business, and the University of Southern California with a BA, MA and PhD. He currently serves on the boards of various non-profit organizations.
Chris Styles Senior Director of Logistics Nissan North America
Chris is responsible for finished vehicle logistics, inbound production parts logistics, service parts transportation, supplier packaging engineering and logistics strategy for Nissan North America, including Canada, the US and Mexico. He previously worked as Director of Logistics for Canada and the US in Nissan’s Supply Chain Management organization, and as Director of Purchasing for Nissan’s Mexico operations, as well as Director of Purchasing for Logistics and Aftermarket/Accessory Parts for the Americas Region. Prior to joining Nissan, Chris held logistics management positions in auto parts retail and third party automotive logistics companies in the US and Mexico.
Roberto Zavala Managing Director- Head of Mexico Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics
Since joining WWL in 2007, Roberto has held a range of positions including Project and Commercial Manager for WWL Mexico and Global Commercial Strategy Manager based in New Jersey and, most recently, in Oslo, Norway. There, he developed commercial strategies for WWL´s global corporate accounts, led customer support projects and commercial team training programs. Previous, Roberto worked as Sales Manager at the Genesee & Wyoming Railroad in Mexico. He is an accredited civil engineer from the National University of Mexico and holds an MSc in Management of Logistics and Transportation from the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.
William Wappler President & CEO Surgere
An accomplished business strategist in packaging supply chain optimization, William guides clients through intentional and strategic steps towards data science, analytics and predictive analysis of their packaging supply chains. Surgere has nearly 1,000 NAFTA automotive manufacturing shipping doors currently equipped for packaging supply chain data capture and advanced analytics. Surgere's proprietary RFID technology and COS 2.0 container management software lead the industry in providing packaging supply chain intelligence.
Alex Graniewicz Managing Director Mexico Penske Logistics
Alex is tasked with guiding and growing Penske’s in-country supply chain operations. Before joining the company, he was chief operating officer for Fondo de Transporte Mexico (FTM) and before that, he was country manager for DHL, playing an important part in the DHL and Exel integration. Alex has also held leadership roles in Mexico with Expeditors International of Washington and Samsonite International. He holds a degree in international business from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey, and graduated from the Executive Management program (AD-2) from the IPADE Business School.
Frank Bateman Director of Customer Logistics Ryder
Since joining Ryder in 2000, Frank has held a variety of roles with increasing responsibility. His portfolio includes 3PL, transportation management, distribution management and customs brokerage services. He leads a cross-functional team from Ryder USA, Ryder Cross Border and Ryder Mexico. He holds a bachelors degree in International Business and Spanish from Niagara University and has an MBA from the University of Texas, El Paso.
Volker Vossler Vice President of Operations, Mexico SEGLO Logistics / Schnellecke Logistics
Volker joined Schnellecke Logistics in 1997 and has held a variety of positions in material planning, quality and logistics operations. In his current role as Vice President/COO of SEGLO Logistics, he is in charge of Schnellecke´s business in Mexico. Before this second assignment in the country, he was in charge of the West European region and German region. Volker has 20 years of experience in automotive logistics, 15 of them in Mexico.
Vegard Synnes Head of Key Accounts CDC International Logistics
Vegard started his career in the Norwegian FMCG industry before relocating to Shanghai, China in 2012. After a short career in executive search, he took up his current role leading CDC’s business development and managing global accounts.
Adrian Contreras Key Account Manager - Mexico Chep
Adrian is responsible for growing new business in Mexico and working with current customers to maximise the efficiencies and potential in their supply chain. Over the past nine months, he has implemented effective programs for a variety of key customers across the automotive and industrial sector. Through a strong knowledge of the industry and an eye for detail, Adrian has opened up opportunities for new business and lane expansion, creating tangible long-term value for CHEP Automotive & Industrial Solutions.
José Guillermo Zozaya Délano President, General Manager and Executive Representative Kansas City Southern de Mexico
José is a law graduate from the Universidad Iberoamericana and went on to specialise in corporate law and economic competition at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). In 2010 he was granted the Honoris Causa doctorate by the Mexican Academy of International Law. He has held his current position at Kansas City Southern de Mexico (KCSM) since April 2006 and has over 40 years of experience in government relations and legal affairs, as well as in mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining KCSM, he was Legal and Government Relations Director at ExxonMobil Mexico for nine years. José is a former President of the Mexican Association of Railways and of the Mexican Transport Council and in 2016 was appointed President of the Binational Board of Directors at the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce.
Carlos Lazzeri Logistics Group Manager Bocar Group
Carlos has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of the Americas, Puebla (UDLAP) and more than 20 years’ experience in supply chain management, working for global companies such as SKF, Kautex Textron, JCI, Benteler, SAS and Bocar Group in just-in-time and just-in-sequence environments. From 2011 to date, Carlos has been contributing to the development of a new lean logistics operation at Bocar Group, helping it to meet high customer expectations with top quality levels while reducing logistics costs.
Guillermo Hersch Sales Director GEFCO Mexico
Guillermo has international work experience in Mexico, Switzerland and China. Being a student in Shanghai, he started his professional life here, in a sourcing office for Liverpool MX department stores. He has since been in several supply chain roles in companies such as Dow Chemical, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics and TRX Global Logistics, and after several years working exclusively in automotive logistics is today the head of GEFCO’s commercial team in Mexico.
Achim Glass Head of Global Automotive Vertical, SVP Kuehne + Nagel
Achim is a passionate business developer and has been working for Kuehne + Nagel for 20 years in various positions and locations. A professional freight forwarder with particular expertise in sea freight and air freight, he has been directing the company’s global automotive business since May 2015 and has developed a deep understanding of the sector. Achim holds a degree in economics from Germany’s oldest private business school for transportation and foreign trade (DAV) as well as a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management studies from Oxford Brookes University in England. In 2005, he was awarded an Executive MBA in Logistics from the University of St Gallen, in Switzerland.
Carlos Paredes Business Consultant IBERO university
Carlos is a supply chain professional with 30 years’ experience in automotive tier one suppliers. He has worked in purchasing and supply chain management in Asia and across the NAFTA region, including Mexico. He is also the designer of the IBERO logistics and supply chain master programme, providing students with efficient tools to optimise company operations.
Santiago García Provost Panamerican University
A professor of strategic planning, decision making and management action, Santiago became President of Universidad Panamericana Campus Mexico City in June 2015, before which he served as Secretary General there. He has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from that institution and a master’s degree in science and operations research from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has completed a business and management programme at the IPADE Business School, and a course in critical thinking at The Wharton School in the US, and also holds a PhD from the University of Navarra, Spain.
Ramon Hermenegildo Foreign Trade and Customs Coordinator Tenneco