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Kansas City Southern announced this week that Rodrigo Flores has been promoted from assistant vice president to vice president of automotive sales and marketing.He will be responsible for the road’s automotive business unit in the United States and will coordinate with the sales and marketing team at Kansas City Southern de Mexico (KCSM). “Rodrigo is a talented sales, marketing and finance professional, who over the past three years has forged strong relationships with KCS’ automotive customers in the U.S. and Mexico,” said Michael Naatz, KCS executive VP and chief marketing officer, in a press release.Flores' experience makes him ideal for his new position "and ensures a smooth transition for customers and the team he leads," Naatz added.Flores joined the predecessor to KCSM in 1997 as a manager in external reporting. In 2000, he joined KCSM’s treasury department as director, where he served until 2006 when he accepted a position as AVP and assistant treasurer at KCS corporate headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri.Flores transitioned from treasury and into sales and marketing as assistant vice president of the automotive business unit where he has served since 2016.In his new role, Flores succeeds Kelley Anderson, who has retired.“We are grateful to Kelley for his leadership and for sharing his transportation expertise with KCS over the past eight years,” Naatz said. “He has had a fantastic 40-year career and we wish him and his family the very best for a long and healthy retirement.”