KANSAS CITY, Mo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE:KSU) today announced the promotion of Rodrigo Flores from assistant vice president to vice president sales and marketing automotive. In this role, he is responsible for the automotive business unit in the U.S. and coordinates closely with the sales and marketing team at Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. (KCSM). Flores replaces vice president sales and marketing automotive Kelley Anderson, who has retired.
“Rodrigo is a talented sales, marketing and finance professional, who over the past three years has forged strong relationships with KCS’ automotive customers in the U.S. and Mexico,” said KCS executive vice president and chief marketing officer Michael J. Naatz. “His experience makes him ideal for his new role and ensures a smooth transition for customers and the team he leads.”
“We are grateful to Kelley for his leadership and for sharing his transportation expertise with KCS over the past eight years,” said Mr. Naatz. “He has had a fantastic 40-year career and we wish him and his family the very best for a long and healthy retirement.”
Mr. Flores joined the predecessor to KCSM 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. Mr. Flores transitioned from treasury and into sales and marketing as assistant vice president of the automotive business unit where he has served since 2016.
Mr. Flores has over 20 years of transportation experience complemented by a senior auditor position with Price Waterhouse in Mexico City prior to joining KCSM. He holds a bachelor 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).
Mr. Anderson has retired after serving in his role since 2011. He has 40 years of transportation experience. He joined KCS from RJ Corman Railroad Group, where he served as vice president strategic sales and marketing. Prior to that, he spent 11 years with United Parcel Service. He also held positions with BNSF Railway, Southern Pacific and Burlington Northern Railroads.
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., KCS is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, serving the central and south central U.S. Its international holdings include KCSM, serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal. KCS’ North American rail holdings and strategic alliances with other North American rail partners are primary components of a unique railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada. More information about KCS can be found at www.kcsouthern.com
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