Kansas City Southern (KCS) has promoted Rodrigo Flores from Vice President Automotive to Vice President Automotive and Intermodal Sales, effective Sept. 1, 2020. In this expanded role, Flores will be responsible for the automotive and intermodal business units in the U.S. and Mexico.
Flores joined Transportación Ferroviaria Mexicana (TFM), Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. (KCSM)’s predecessor, in 1997 as a Manager in external reporting. He joined KCSM’s Treasury Department as Director in 2000, where he served until 2006 when he accepted a position as Assistant Vice President and Assistant Treasurer at KCS corporate headquarters in Kansas City. Flores transitioned from treasury and into sales and marketing as AVP of the automotive business unit, where he has served since 2016. He’s been VP Automotive since September 2019.
Flores has more than 20 years of transportation experience complemented by a Senior Auditor position with Price Waterhouse in Mexico City in 1994 through 1997, just prior to joining KCSM.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the Banking and Commerce School (Escuela Bancaria y Comercial/EBC) and studied Business Administration from the Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México – ITAM).
“While leading our automotive business unit over the past year, Rodrigo has demonstrated a strong commitment to serving our customers and growing our business,” said KCS EVP and CMO Michael J. Naatz. “Rodrigo adopts a talented intermodal sales team, and the consolidation of our automotive and intermodal business units creates a single organization aligned with our customers’ needs and the KCS cross-border growth strategy. As a service-oriented leader, I’m very confident in his ability to work with the team to find innovative solutions that benefit our customers and KCS.”