Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal
Secretary of Economy
Federal Government of Mexico

Not only is Mr. Guajardo an experienced federal government servant but he was Chief Economist of the Brazil Section, and Associate Economist in the Fiscal Affairs Department at the International Monetary Fund (1988-1991), before becoming Director of the North American Free Trade Agreement Affairs Office, based at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D. C. (1994). In federal government, Mr. Guajardo has held a variety of positions including:- • 1994 to 1997 - Chief Clerk at the Foreign Affairs Ministry; • 1997 - Undersecretary of Tourism Development; • 1998 to 1999 - Technical Secretary for Planning, Communication and Liaison for the Trade and Industrial Development Ministry • Federal Deputy in the LVIII Legislature (2000 – 2003), • Head of the Governor’s Executive Office (2003 – 2006) in Nuevo Leon. In 2006, he ran as a candidate for Congress for the First Local District of Monterrey, a position he won to become leader of the Minority Group of the Nuevo Leon State Congress, in the LXX Legislature. And more recently:- • Federal Congressman for the Second District of Nuevo Leon; • Chairman of the Economics Commission; • Member of the Treasury and Public Credit Commission; and • President of the Mexico-U.S.A. Friendship Group at the LXI Legislature of the Mexican Chamber of Deputies; • Coordinator of the Entrepreneurial Liaison in the Presidential Campaign of Mr. Enrique Peña Nieto; and • Vice Coordinator of Political Economy in the Transition Team of President-elect Mr. Enrique Peña Nieto. He has been a full time Professor at the Autonomous University of Nuevo León; and Assistant Professor at the Arizona State University and the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Guajardo was born in Monterrey, Nuevo León, on April 19, 1957. He obtained his B.A. in Economics at the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, and is a graduate in Economics from the Arizona State University and the University of Pennsylvania. On December 1st of 2012, Mr. Guajardo Villarreal was appointed as Secretary of the Economy by President Enrique Peña Nieto.

David Carrillo Murillo
Director of Multimodal Corridors & Logistics
Ministry Of Communication and Transport

David is a member of several international associations for Logistics and Transport, speaks several languages and since 2011 has been in charge of the technical review of several projects in the Communications and Transportation Secretary of the Government Including: the National System for Logistics Platforms, the Federal Support Program for Mass Transport, Short Distance Sea Transport, Mitigation of Rail-transportation for Climate Change Agency and several railway, urban & multimodal projects. He has worked as a both technical and financial consultant and advisor for several projects of road, ports, infrastructure, logistics and communication in Mexico, Ecuador and Germany. David has taught at the Universitá degli Studi di Genova in Italy and currently teaches at the Universidad La Salle Campus in Mexico City. David is a Civil Engineer graduate from La Salle University in Mexico City. He holds a Master in Sciences in Transportation Economy from the Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de l’Etat and the Université Lumière Lyon II universities in Lyon, France. As a researcher, he collaborated in the “TransportNet” program financed by the European Commission. In July 2010 he was awarded a PhD in Public Economy and Business Engineering with a “Summa Cum Laude” from Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) Karlsruhe, Germany.

Santiago Creuheras Diaz
Director General for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability
Ministry of Energy of Mexico

Santiago is currently the Director General for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability at the Ministry of Energy of Mexico. Formerly, he worked as a Senior Advisor to the Minister of Energy and as a Senior Advisor to the Minister of Finance and Public Credit of Mexico. Previously, Mr. Creuheras served as Adjunct Director General for Foreign and Domestic Policy at the Office of the President of Mexico. He has also served as Director General of Training at the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare. Mr. Creuheras holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of the Americas-Puebla, a Master of Liberal Arts in Government and a Master of Liberal Arts in History from Harvard University, and a Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge.

Rubén Reséndiz Pérez
Director General of JALTRADE
State of Jalisco

Mr. Reséndiz has a Bachelor Degree in Economics by the Instituto Politécnico Nacional. He has vast experience in Governmental Areas and Private Sector. He was a professor in the Bachelor of International Businesses in the Instituto Tecnólogico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO). He also worked as an adviser of Grupo Zego Corporativo Aduanal, in all the matters related to International Trade. From 2011 to 2012 he acted as vice president of the Mexican Board of International Trade (COMCE by its initials in Spanish) and was also the President of la Asociación de Industriales de El Salto, A.C. (El Salto Industrial Association). During 2012 he was an internal adviser of Honda de México, S.A. de C.V., in the areas of Logistics, Customs, Service and Legal advice. From 1989 to 2011 he carried out duties as Director of Governmental and Legal Relations of Honda of Mexico. From 1996 to 2011 he was a consultant in the Mexican Association of Automotive Industry (AMIA by its initials in Spanish). From 2003 to 2005 he was the President of the West Association of Assembly Plants. From 1986 to 1988 he performed duties as Sub-Director of Economic Studies of the General Department of Foreign Investments of the Trade and Industrial Development Department (SECOFI by its initials in Spanish). From 1983 to 1985 he was the Sub-Director of the Textile, Clothes and Tannery Industry in the Trade and Industrial Development Department (SECOFI by its initials in Spanish). From 1978 to 1982 he was the Chief of the Department of Fiscal Incentives in the Agri-food Industry in the Secretariat of Treasury and Public Credit (SCHP by its initials in Spanish). Nowadays is the General Director of the Institute of International Trade Development of the State of Jalisco (JALTRADE).

William H Duncan

Chargé d’Affaires Ad Interim

A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counsellor, William H. Duncan assumed duties as Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Mexico City in June 2015. Previously, he served as the Director of the Office of Andean Affairs in the Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. His previous overseas assignments include Deputy Chief of Mission in Asunción, Political Counsellor in Madrid, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Director in Baghdad, Deputy Political Counsellor in Mexico City, Narcotics Affairs Section Director in Bogotá, Political Officer in San Salvador, and Vice Consul in Matamoros. His Washington assignments include the Offices of Mexican Affairs, East African Affairs, and Central American Affairs as well as the State Department Operations Centre.

Raymundo Garza
Director Global Purchasing & Supply Chain
General Motors Mexico

Raymundo began his career at General Motors in July 1985 as Project Engineer at Ramos Arizpe Complex where he held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility until 1996, when he transferred to Silao Complex as Supplier Quality Manager. In August 2001, he was appointed Electric Supplier Quality Manager based in the US and, three years later, he took on the same role at General Motors do Brasil. In January 2007, he became Global Purchasing and Supply Chain Executive Director in Australia, working for Holden, GM’s subsidiary. A year later, he was transferred to Thailand as Global Purchasing and Supply Chain Vice President, responsible for the South East Asian region. Prior to his current assignment he was appointed HVAC and Global Thermal Systems Director. Raymundo is an Industrial Mechanical Engineer from Instituto Tecnologico de Saltillo.

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.

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.

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”.

Eduardo Solis Sanchez

Before leading AMIA, Eduardo worked at the Ministry of Economy, where he served as a Head of Unit for the Promotion of Investment and was responsible for attracting key strategic projects to Mexico. Previously, he administered NAFTA and was Mexico’s Chief Trade Negotiator with Latin America negotiating free trade agreements with Chile, Nicaragua, Uruguay, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, as well as bilateral agreements with Brazil, Argentina, Panama and Peru. He was Mexico’s Chief Negotiator in the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas, and worked at the Ministry of Commerce and Trade as Head of Negotiations for the agricultural chapter of NAFTA, as well as for the free trade agreements with Costa Rica, Bolivia, Colombia and Venezuela, and the World Trade Organization (WTO) Uruguay Round. Mr. Solis serves as a Director of Terrafina. Eduardo has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, and a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. from The University of Chicago and the University of Rochester, respectively.

Dr. Miguel Gaston Cedillo-Campos
Senior Researcher
Mexican Institute of Transportation

Dr. Cedillo-Campos works within the National Center for Innovation in Intermodal Transportation and Logistics of Mexico, a National Center for Excellence integrating the nine leading supply chain research labs in Mexico and is located at the IMT Research Campus. He is a Visiting Professor in Logistics and Supply Chain at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, and National Researcher of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT). With 20 years of experience in research, consulting and implementation of technological solutions for logistics, transportation and supply chain, Dr. Cedillo-Campos is a regular speaker for industrial engineering, logistics and supply chain conferences. Dr. Cedillo-Campos is a founder and current President of the Mexican Logistics and Supply Chain Association (AML) and co-founder of YoLogistico.COM, a tech based startup delivering value added supply chain knowledge management services. He holds a Ph.D. in Logistics Systems Dynamics from the University of Paris, France.

Mike Casidy
Managing Director Mexico
Penske Logistics

Based in Saltillo, Mexico, Mike oversees in-country business growth and operations. He was previously PENSKE’s distribution center management product line leader for the Western Region, which includes the U.S. and Mexico. He served as General Manager for PENSKE's work with Whirlpool and was Regional Distribution Manager and Logistics Center Manager for PENSKE's automotive accounts. He also held a variety of roles with Texaco being joining PENSKE in 1999. Mike holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas.

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.

Sharon Gray
Global Director, Automotive Key Accounts
CHEP Automotive & Industrial Solution

Based in Detroit, Sharon focuses on driving growth and supporting CHEP’s regional teams. With over twenty years of automotive industry experience in key account sales and trade lane roles, she is a former Global Strategy Manager for automotive and industrial at TNT, prior to which she worked for DHL with responsibility for international sales management, where she was a Trade Lane Manager to China.

Rafael Lopez
Material Planning and Logistics Director

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.

Robert Strain
Head of Global Automotive
Goodpack Limited

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.

Darcee Scavone
Vice-President & General Manager, Automotive, Aerospace and Industrial Operations

As Vice-President and General Manager of Ryder’s Automotive, Aerospace and Industrial Supply Chain Operations, Darcee Scavone leads teams providing supply chain management for GM, Chrysler, Ford, Nissan, Mazda, Daimler Truck, Oshkosh and John Deere, among others. Darcee joined Ryder in 2005 and prior to her current role served as VP and Chief Financial Officer for the Supply Chain Solutions segment. She has over 25 years of corporate and divisional finance experience with emphasis on operations analysis, business development and commercial strategy. She was named in Diversity Journal’s 2013 edition of ‘Women to Watch’ and in the 2016 Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine’s ‘Pro to Know’ listing.

Carlos Velez
Vice President
Kansas City Southern (KCS) de Mexico

Carlos joined KCS in 2012 and is responsible for customer solutions, sales operations, market research, revenue management, business development and marketing in Mexico coordinating closely with the team at KCS’ U.S. subsidiary. Carlos has over 34 years of transportation industry experience, joining KCS from APL Ltd and APL Logistics, where he spent 25 years. He began his career with American Terminal Corporation. His experience ranges from terminal operations, intermodal rail operations, sales and marketing and general management in the U.S. and 15 Latin American countries. Velez founded the Mexico Intermodal Transportation Association and was its first president from 1999 to 2002. He served as a council member of the Mexico Shipping Agents Association from 2003 to 2004 and an executive board member of the Mexico chapter of the Council on Supply Chain Management Professionals from 2004 to 2005. In Florida, he served on the boards of the World Trade Center-Miami and the Americas Relief Team in 2011. That year, he received a certificate of congressional recognition for outstanding service in the community.

Daniel Hearn
Director of International Customer Logistics
Ryder System

Dan is responsible for Ryder’s supply chain solutions business segment focused on commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions. He is responsible for the Cross Border Group, managing all U.S.-Mexico cross-border operations for multiple accounts, including automotive, aerospace, and industrial accounts. Dan oversees customer operations at all the main border points along the U.S.-Mexico border. The services provided to Ryder’s cross-border customers range from cross-border coordination and transportation, to warehousing, cross docking, distribution, yard management, U.S. transportation, Customs brokerage,and route and logistics engineering, among others.

Brandon Mason
Automotive Director and Mobility Leader

Brandon, who is based in Detroit, first joined PwC in 2004. He is an active industry participant and spokesperson, continuously monitoring and analyzing global automotive developments and technology-driven trends such as connected cars, autonomous driving, ride/car sharing, digital and data management, infrastructure, and other related areas. He previously served as Chief of Staff and Chief Strategist for PwC’s US and Global automotive practice, where he had oversight of the sector’s day-to-day business and strategic priorities. He also has extensive experience as an analyst, having previously led PwC’s Autofacts team.

Bill Pawluk
Chief Executive Officer

Bill is the former owner of an auto transportation company in Canada and has made it his life’s mission to solve the problem of waste – empty miles - in auto transportation around the world. He is the inventor and developer of the Convertible Trailer system. Bill also has over 20 years of experience as a professional firefighter, EMT and rescue worker. Bill's vision is to continuously improve methods of managing the world's finite resources, finding new and better ways of using them wisely and at the same time making a commercial return.

Tim Flucht
Strategic Account Executive
Penske Logistics

Tim specializes in the automotive sector, which includes inbound operations, service and replacement parts. During his time at Penske he has been placed in the Winner’s Circle, the company’s tops sales honour, nine times. Before joining Penske in 2003 Tim was Director of Solution Development for Exel, a General Manager for JB Hunt Transport and a rate and value analyst with CJ Tower. He is based in Dearborn, MI and attended the University of Michigan there.

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