KANSAS CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) today announced that Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. (KCSM) president, general manager and executive representative Dr. Jose Guillermo Zozaya Delano will retire as of August 1, 2020. Dr. Zozaya will be succeeded by vice president and director general Oscar Augusto Del Cueto Cuevas.
Dr. Zozaya joined the company in 2006 and served as senior officer of KCSM for 14 years. His career has spanned nearly 50 years in government relations, legal affairs and international affairs, as well as in mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining the KCSM management team, he was legal and government relations director for ExxonMobil Mexico for nine years.
In addition to his KCSM duties, Dr. Zozaya was appointed president of the Mexican Railway Association for 2020. He serves as president of the binational board of directors of the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, vice president of Concamin, and a member of the board of directors of Afore Siglo XXI, Ferrovalle, the Business Summit and Educational Promotion A.C., and a member of the board of trustees of the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico. Previously, he was president of the Mexican Transportation Council from 2014 to 2016; vice president of the Executive Council of Global Companies from 2010 to 2013; and national president of the American Chamber from 2010 to 2012.
Dr. Zozaya holds a honoris causa degree from the Mexican Academy of International Law and a law degree from Iberoamerican University. He also completed advanced studies at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM), Thunderbird University in Arizona, Yale University and Harvard Business School.
“Words cannot adequately describe Dr. Zozaya’s contribution to KCSM over these past 14 years,” said KCS president and chief executive officer Patrick J. Ottensmeyer. “His leadership has positioned KCSM as a substantial and influential force in the economy and in the social fabric throughout our network in Mexico. We are very fortunate to have had Jose lead us through many changes and challenges over the years, and we are delighted that he will be available as an advisor to Oscar Del Cueto as we work through this important transition.”
Oscar Augusto Del Cueto Cuevas, KCSM vice president and director general will assume the position of KCSM president, general manager and executive representative upon Dr. Zozaya’s retirement. Mr. Del Cueto joined KCSM predecessor TFM in 1997. He has nearly 30 years of railway industry experience, working in institutional relations, communication, operations, planning and logistics.
Mr. Del Cueto holds a master’s degree in business administration and bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Monterrey. He has also completed advanced studies in Mexico and the US, such as the Railroad Management Program certificate from the University of Michigan and certification programs at the Transportation Technology Center in Pueblo, Colo.
Mr. Del Cueto is a member of the board of directors of Ferrovalle and member of the Mexican Council of Foreign Trade of the Northeast. Previously, he served as president of the Operations and Safety Committee of the Mexican Association of Railroads for six years.
“Oscar has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in his more than 20 years at KCSM and its predecessor TFM,” said Mr. Ottensmeyer. “Arguably, Oscar has been preparing for this job for many years as he has pursued a path with many different experiences. His deep understanding of our rail network, operations, customers and the communities we serve will serve the company well as we make this very important transition in the leadership of KCSM.”
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., KCS is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the US, Mexico and Panama. Its primary US holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, serving the central and south central US. Its international holdings include KCSM, serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal. KCS' North American rail holdings and strategic alliances with other North American rail partners are primary components of a unique railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the US, Mexico and Canada.