The U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCOC) has named Kansas City Southern President and CEO Patrick Ottensmeyer as U.S. Chairman of its U.S.-Mexico Economic Council (USMXECO). Ottensmeyer will preside over the U.S.-Mexico CEO Dialogue, which occurs twice annually, and he will oversee the Council’s extensive agenda of engagement with public- and private-sector leaders in the U.S. and Mexico in an effort to strengthen bilateral commercial ties.
“Pat is a highly respected leader in U.S.-Mexico relations,” said USCOC Executive Vice President International Affairs Head Myron Brilliant. “Not only does he 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. The Council will benefit greatly from his leadership and vision during this important period.”
“I am honored to accept this opportunity to continue the important work of the U.S-Mexico Economic Council, to ensure both a strong economic and trade relationship between the two countries and that North America remains the world’s most competitive, integrated trading block,” said Ottensmeyer. “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.”
The USMXECO describes itself as “the premier business advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening the economic and commercial relationship between both countries.”
The USCOC is the world’s largest business federation, representing the interests of more than three million businesses of all sizes, sectors and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. Its International Affairs division includes more than 80 regional and policy experts and 25 country- and region-specific business councils and initiatives. The USCOC also works closely with 117 American Chambers of Commerce abroad.