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Kansas City Southern announced today that Jose Guillermo Zozaya Delano will retire Aug. 1 as president, general manager and executive representative of KCS de Mexico S.A. de C.V. He will be succeeded by KCSM Vice President and General Director Oscar Augusto Del Cueto Cuevas.
Zozaya joined the company in 2006 and served as senior officer of KCSM for 14 years. His career 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, Zozaya was appointed president of the Mexican Railway Association for 2020. He serves as president of the binational board of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, VP of Concamin, and a board member of Afore Siglo XXI, Ferrovalle, the Business Summit and Educational Promotion A.C., and a board member of the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico.
Previously, he was president of the Mexican Transportation Council from 2014 to 2016; VP of the executive Council of Global Companies from 2010 to 2013; and national president of the American Chamber from 2010 to 2012.
"Words cannot adequately describe Dr. Zozaya's contribution to KCSM over these past 14 years," said KCS President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick Ottensmeyer in a press release. "His leadership has positioned KCSM as a substantial and influential force in the economy and in the social fabric throughout our network in Mexico."
Zozaya will be available as an adviser to Del Cueto as he transitions into his new leadership role, Ottensmeyer said.
Del Cueto has nearly 30 years of railway industry experience. He is a board member of Ferrovalle and a 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 Ottensmeyer. "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."