Monday, October 19, 2009

KCSM names Eaton vice president sales and marketing

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Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. said that David W. Eaton will replace Gloria M. Ballesteros as leader of the sales and marketing department effective Nov. 1, 2009. Ballesteros has decided to transition her position with the company to an active consultancy role, so that she can spend more time with her family. She will remain in her current position until the end of the year, and will assist Eaton in his transition.

In addition to leading the sales and marketing and service design functions, Ballesteros has led customer service, network services and served as a superintendent for the Southern Region. Prior to joining the company, she was the Association of American Railroads rules coordinator for ALSTOM. She holds an industrial engineering degree from Technological Institute of Monterrey.

Eaton has moved from vice president corporate affairs and right-of-way protection to vice president sales and marketing. He will now focus his efforts on the KCSM sales and marketing department; however, he will also provide transitional leadership for the company's corporate affairs and right-of-way protection department, which handles the company's federal, state and local relations program, as well as other right of way protection responsibilities.

After serving as a consultant on the team transitioning TFM to KCSM, Eaton became a full-time KCSM employee in 2005. Prior to that, he was a partner in Monterrey Business Consultants and ran a NAFTA legal think tank at the Technological Institute of Monterrey. A dual citizen of the U.S. and Mexico, he holds a Masters degree in commercial law from Technological Institute of Monterrey, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona and a Bachelor's degree in business administration and political science from Northern Arizona University. He is a member of the board of directors of the American Chamber of Commerce-Monterrey Division and chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce International Trade Committee.

Current assistant vice president for right-of-way protection Edgar Guillaumin will lead the corporate affairs and right-of-way protection department during this period of transition.