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Kansas City Southern President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick Ottensmeyer has been named U.S. chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's U.S.-Mexico Economic Council.As chairman, Ottensmeyer will oversee the council's efforts to strengthen bilateral commercial ties by engaging with public- and private-sector leaders in the United States and Mexico. He also will preside over the U.S.-Mexico CEO Dialogue, which occurs twice annually.Ottensmeyer is a "highly respected leader" in U.S.-Mexico relations, said Myron Brilliant, executive vice president and head of international affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in a press release."Not only does [Ottensmeyer] lead a company that connects the integrated North American economy, but he has also demonstrated a continuous commitment over many years to promoting and strengthening the bilateral relationship through engagement with government officials, private-sector peers, and the public," Brilliant said.Ottensmeyer said he is honored to accept the chairmanship to continue the council's work of ensuring a strong economic and trade relationship between the two nations."The council and its U.S.- Mexico CEO Dialogue are comprised of committed business leaders, who have been working together for more than five years and who provide a unique connection between private-sector leaders and government policymakers," he said.