Denise Dresser is a professor of political science at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), where she has taught comparative politics, political economy, and Mexican politics since 1991. Dr. Dresser is the author of numerous publications on Mexican politics and U.S.-Mexico relations including Neopopulist Solutions to Neoliberal Problems: Mexico's National Solidarity Program, "Exporting Conflict: Transboundary Consequences of Mexican Politics," "Treading Lightly and Without a Stick: International Actors and the Promotion of Democracy in Mexico," "Falling From the Tightrope: The Political Economy of the Mexican Crisis,” and "Mexico: Dysfunctional Democracy," in Jorge Domínguez and Michael Shifter (eds.), Constructing Democratic Governance in Latin America, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008. She has published articles in the Journal of Democracy, Current History, Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics and Foreign Policy.
Group Vice President
TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.
Jun Umemura is Group Vice President of Toyota Motor North America, Inc., being responsible for Mexico operations. In 1984, Mr. Umemura was in charge of the operation at Toyota Motor Manufacturing U.S.A. After that, he was involved with Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky and Toyota Motor Canada Planning and Start-up. In 1991, he moved to New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI) as General Manager of engineering and corporate strategy. In 2001, he moved to Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc. and served as General Manager of West Coast to be responsible for the start-up of the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Baja California (TMMBC) in Mexico. He became Senior Vice President, Secretary, and a member the Board of Directors of Toyota Motor Manufacturing California, Toyota’s first plant in Mexico, in 2002 and President in 2004. In January, 2006, he completed his assignment at TMMBC and was reassigned to Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., West Coast Office. In January 2013, his responsibilities expanded to West Coast of United States and also all Mexico operations. In July 2016, he became Group Vice President of Toyota Motor North America, being responsible for Mexico Operations.
President and Ceo
MITSUBISHI MOTORS DE MEXICO
Jorge is a lawyer graduated from the Universidad Panamericana and also studied at the University of San Luis, Missouri. In the field of business, he has participated in various Senior Management programs at the Pan American Institute of Senior Business Management (IPADE). Since February 2018, he has served as President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors de México, as well as Chairman of its Board of Directors. He is an executive with a long career in the automotive industry in Mexico. Previously he held various positions in Nissan Mexicana as: Export Director; Director of Institutional Relations and International Affairs; Director of the Zero Emissions Business Unit (100% electric vehicle "Nissan LEAF"); Director of Foreign Affairs; Director of Human Resources and Internal Administration, as well as Legal Director
Senior Purchasing Director
Mr. Karig retired from Volkswagen de México after 37 years of professional career in diverse management functions. For the last 20 years, he acted as the VP of Corporate Relations of Volkswagen de México, holding responsibility for Government Relations and Foreign Trade, Corporate Communications, Governance, Risk & Compliance, as well as Legal Affairs. He was also the Compliance Officer of the company. He represented Volkswagen in the Board of Directors of AMIA (Association of the Mexican Automotive Industry), and was a multiple term member of the Board of Directors of CAMEXA (German-Mexican Chamber of Commerce and Industry), which he presided from 2014 to 2017. Karig is now a speaker and consultant on automotive industry issues, foreign trade and corporate governance. He teaches Governance at the IESDE School of Management in Puebla, Mexico.
Purchasing and SQM Mexico Director
Mr. Gomez started his career in the Consumer, Aerospace and Automotive industries more than 29 years ago. Over the past years, he has held the position of President and Vice President at the CADELEC (Cadena Productiva de la Electrónica, A.C.) and the CANIETI (Cámara Nacional de la Industria Electrónica, Telecomunicaciones e Informática) Chambers respectively. In his current role as Purchasing and SQM Mexico Director at Continental, he has worked closely with the State Governments, Universities and Industrial Chambers actively promoting the investment of foreign Suppliers in Mexico as well as developing local Mexican Suppliers for the Major Industries.
NATIONAL AUTOMOTIVE DEALER ASSOCIATION (AMDA)
Mr. Guillermo Prieto is Executive Chairman of the Asociación Mexicana de Distribuidores de Automotores, A.C. (Mexican Automobile Dealers Association) since March 2011. Mr. Prieto graduated with honors from the Instituto Tecnológico Autonomo de México (ITAM) where he obtained his B.A. in Economics and then went on to Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he received his Masters Degree in Public Administration in 1988. He received an honorary mention in both the “Banamex 1985” National Economics Award and the “Tlacaelel 1985” National Economics Award. From 1982-1984, he worked as Advisor to the General Director of Income Policy of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit. In 1985 he entered the National Securities Commission of Mexico (now the National Banking and Securities Commission) carried on several positions, until he became the Vice President of Market Development of the same Commission from 1991 to 1994. From 1994 to January 2000 he was General Director of Insurance and Securities of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, and from February 2000 to April 2001 he was President of the National Commission for the Retirement Savings System (CONSAR).
INDUSTRIA NACIONAL DE AUTO PARTES (INA)
Mr. Bustamante is currently Director of Foreign Trade of Industria Nacional de Auto partes, A.C (INA) and permanent member of "Cuarto de Junto" and representative of the Autoparts Sector as head of the sector for the renegotiation of the NAFTA. He’s the author of books such as “Los signos del Comercio Exterior” and “Glosario del Comercio Exterior Mexicano 2013”. He was also Director of Foreign Trade for Consejo Empresarial Mexicano de Comercio Exterior (COMCE). Egresado de la Escuela Superior de Comercio Internacional y Autor del Libros “Los signos del Comercio Exterior” y “Glosario del Comercio Exterior Mexicano 2013”.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE MANUFACTURERS OF BUSES, TRUCKS AND TRACTOR TRAILERS (ANPACT)
Mr. Elizalde serves as Executive President of the National Association of Manufacturers of Buses, Trucks and Tractor Trailers since September 2012. He has worked in various areas of Government at a State and Federal level as in the Federal Roads and Bridges (CAPUFE), the Secretariat of Transport and the Federal Motor Carrier Department in the Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT). Mr. Elizalde holds a Bachelor's degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from ITESM and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the Syracuse University.
Manager, Latin America, Light Vehicle Sales Forecasts
Guido is the Associate Director responsible for covering the automotive industry in Latin America at Global Insight. Guido oversees vehicle sales, exports and production trends in the automotive industry within the region, follows investments and OEM strategy planning as well as developing the forecasts for the market. His area of expertise is product planning and strategy and how these affect vehicle demand. Prior to this role Guido oversaw manufacturers' product cycles for the Americas as well as closely following trends in all markets in the Americas. Guido joined Global Insight in 2001 while completing an internship for graduate school and was brought onboard upon completion of his internship.
Sr. Director, Country Manager Mexico
J.D. POWER AND ASSOCIATES MEXICO
Mr. Gomez is responsible for business activities in the country, including establishing trusted advisor relationships with clients. He’s focused on solidifying and growing the company's automotive business and identifying potential growth opportunities in emerging industries in Mexico.
VILLEDA CONSULTING GROUP
Ramiro Villeda, Ph.D., P.Eng., CPIM, is Managing Director of Villeda Consulting Group, Inc. His firm has been assisting several U.S., Canadian and German companies to evaluate their Operational Excellence and Lean Six Sigma improvement processes to determine readiness for the transition to Industry 4.0/Smart Manufacturing. Dr. Villeda is a member of Texas Tech University's Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering Academy. He has held consulting engagements in Canada, United States, Mexico, Singapore, Japan, China, India, Philippines, Spain, Belgium, United Kingdom, South Africa, Colombia, Argentina and Chile. His firm is an active member of Canada's Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, based in Ontario.
Mr. Belzowski has authored research reports focusing on a variety of automotive topics including product development, manufacturer-supplier-dealer relations, globalization, information technology, knowledge management and human resources. His current research topics include powertrain strategies and globalization of the automotive industry. He is co-director of UMTRI's China Automotive Program and Powertraing Strategies Program.
Over 40 years experience in international trade & foreign direct investment; responsible for establishing over 100 industrial projects in Mexico. He has business degrees from Babson College, Southern Methodist University and Harvard Business School. Ornelas was marketing manager for Nortexport, an exporter consortium (1974-1978); marketing manager for Interceramic, a large tile manufacturer (1978-1980); director general of Chihuahua State economic development agency (1980-1985); CEO of Intermex Industrial Parks (1986-2002) and CEO-Editor of MexicoNOW (2002-present).