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Karl-Friedrich Koch
Vice President Production Control, Logistics, VPS - Plant San Luis Potosi, Mexico
BMW Group

Karl-Friedrich is a mechanical engineer by background and has worked for BMW since the mid 1990’s. He started in R&D production technology at the Fraunhofer-Institut Produktionstechnologie in Aachen, Germany. His first role at BMW was in production planning and operations for its AeroEngines division. He moved into production control and logistics in 2009 at BMW’s Regensburg plant in Germany. He took up his current role in San Luis Potosi in June of 2015. Karl-Friedrich a Mechanical Engineering degree from RWTH Aachen and Ohio State University.

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

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”.

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.

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.

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