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Union Pacific Railroad today announced Humberto Vargas has been named vice president-Mexico, marketing and sales, effective Dec. 1. He will succeed Bernardo Ayala, who recently was appointed to a leadership position in locomotive distribution and network operations.
Vargas will lead UP's international business strategy in all commodity areas traveling across all six rail gateways to Mexico, UP officials said in a press release. He will work with customers, other railroads, suppliers and multiple government agencies.
Vargas joins UP from Werner Mexico, where he spent eight years leading commercial relations with customers, Mexican transportation carriers and intermodal service. He also served as AVP of intermodal sales and marketing for Ferromex, where he worked for seven years. Prior to joining Ferromex, Vargas worked for Intermodal Mexico/Texas Pacifico Transportation Ltd.
At UP, Vargas will be based in Mexico City and report to Kenny Rocker, EVP of marketing and sales.
"Humberto brings a wealth of experience and expertise in multimodal freight transportation needed to support seamless cross-border freight rail shipping that results in safe, reliable and efficient rail service," said Rocker. "Our team is looking forward to his leadership that will help maximize the strength of Union Pacific's network to help current customers grow and bring new customers onto our rail lines."
Vargas also serves as president of the Mexican Association of Intermodal Transportation.