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Mexico Aerospace Forum Speakers 2016

Francisco González Díaz
Francisco González Díaz
Director General of ProMéxico

González has broad experience in the public and private sectors. He acted as Protocol Chief for the Uruguay Round of the GATT and served as Director for Innovation and Quality for state industrial development lender NAFIN and as Deputy Director General of Strategic Planning for the Ministry of the Interior. González was also ProMéxico’s Regional Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa and BANCOMEXT’s Commercial Adviser for Germany, Central and Eastern Europe. González also has diplomatic experience as Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany.

Claude Gobenceax
Claude Gobenceax
President of Aeroclúster de Querétaro

Gobenceax has almost 30 years of experience in the automotive sector, with companies such as Peugeot Citroën. He was General Manager of one of the main Automotive Distribution groups of Peugeot, until he started working in Safran Group as General Manager of Messier Services Americas in 2007, which is now Safran Landing Systems Services Americas. From January 2014, he is also responsible for the shared services of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty. This includes two industrial planes: MRO and Manufacturing. Gobenceax graduated from the Higher School of Economics and Business Sciences (ESSEC) in France.

Felipe Sandoval
Felipe Sandoval
General Manager at Zodiac Aerospace Equipo de Mexico

Sandoval’s professional career extends over 30 years of Industrial experience. His goal is to lead Zodiac Aerospace Chihuahua to become a company of operational excellence. Earlier, he was Vice President of Integrated Supply Chain and Multi Site Leader at Honeywell Aerospace, dedicated and responsible for the operation performance of the Americas Mechanical Operations Center in the US and Mexico. Sandoval is an Industrial and Chemical Engineer and holds a Master of Science from New Mexico State University and a Global Master in Business Administration from Thunderbird and ITESM.

Francisco Bautista
Francisco Bautista
Partner Global Trade & Investment, Incentives at Ernst & Young

Bautista is a Partner at E&Y leading Global Trade & Investment, Incentives with over 13 years of experience in Business and Corporate Development in Mexico and Asia. He has participated in projects with Chrysler, Holcim, Grupo Bimbo, Dupont, Visteon, PMI, Henkel, Goodyear and Jaguar Land Rover. He is responsible for confirming nine new investment projects into Mexico, valued at over US$2.5 billion. Bautista has a degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Anahuac and in Business Administration from Geneva International University. He has an MBA from the National University of Singapore.

Héctor Iriarte
Héctor Iriarte
Director General LATAM of Airlines Mexico, Central America and Cuba

Iriarte has over seven years of experience as Director General in different companies where he has led the development of new businesses. Before joining LATAM Airlines, Iriarte created TuOla.mx, a project which rewarded sustainable actions from users. Besides leading the design and implementation of this business model, he generated strategic and commercial alliances with governmental offices and leading companies in the consumer sector. Iriarte has a Bachelors in Industrial Engineering from Iberoamerican University and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley.

Vitor Bocci
Vitor Bocci
Aircraft Vice President of Kuhne+Nagel Mexico

Bocci joined Kuehne + Nagel in 2012, where he served as Seafreight Director for consolidated cargo (LCL). Prior to this, Bocci held a variety of roles in operational and business development. He has a strong logistics background from his work at companies such as DHL Global Forwarding, Exel Logistics and Lufthansa Cargo. Bocci graduated in International Business Administration from Mackenzie University in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has a degree in Logistics Management from the University of Sao Paulo and a degree in Strategic Leadership from Cranfield School of Management, UK.

Jose Luis Rodriguez
Jose Luis Rodriguez
Director of Operations of Fokker Chihuahua

Rodriguez has more than twenty years of experience in senior management positions, most of them in aerospace companies. Moreover, he has been president of the Aerospace Cluster of Chihuahua and more recently of INDEX Chihuahua. Currently, he is Director of INDEX’s National Aerospace Committee and is Director of Operations at Fokker Chihuahua. Rodriguez graduated as an Industrial Engineer from Chihuahua Technological Institute (ITCH) and has a Master’s Degree in Administration and a major in Finance.

Marcos Rosales
Marcos Rosales
CEO of Mexicana MRO Services

Rosales has more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing and engineering services, and has dealt with world-class aviation companies. Rosales is responsible for increasing management in industrial engineering, business development, strategic planning and finance departments, and maintaining high service standards. Rosales has a Mechanical Engineering BA from IPN and an MA in Business Administration and Higher Management from the Iberoamerican University, as well as certificates in Management Development, Business Acumen and Leadership from the University of Michigan.

Melvin Cintron
Melvin Cintron
Regional Director of North America, Central America and Caribbean at ICAO

Cintron is responsible for providing executive leadership to achieve ICAO’s mission in support of 21 contracting states and 19 territories. He has over 35 years of combined military, industry and government aviation experience and served as Transportation Counselor at the US Embassy in Afghanistan. He held several key senior leadership positions, including Head of FAA’s International Programs and Policy Division, and head of General Aviation and Commercial Division. Cintron holds a bachelors and MA in Business Administration, and was awarded the US Army Bronze Star Medal.

Sergio Allard
Sergio Allard
President of CANAERO

Allard has 28 years of experience in the aerospace industry. He spent four years as Commercial Executive Director at Aeroméxico and since 2014 has been Executive Director for Talent and Institutional Relationships. In January 2016, he was appointed President of the Administrative Board at CANAERO, an organization that brings together airlines and air-services providers in Mexico. Between 2007 and 2010, Allard acted as Commercial Corporate Director of Spanair. He also worked for over 19 years in Mexicana. Allard obtained a Bachelor of Actuarial Sciences at UNAM and a Master’s Degree of Economics and Financial Engineering at La Salle University.

Rafael Driendl
Rafael Driendl
Country Manager of Kayak Mexico

Driendl has a decade of experience in the tourism and technology industries and leads the development of Kayak’s market. He has focused his career on the study of the Latin American market, to address its needs and improve tourism service offering. In his career in the tourism sector he has worked with Marriott, Best Day Group and Google. In this last company Driendl led the customer service department raising it to record levels globally. Driendl has a Bachelors in Tourism from Rio de Janeiro Federal State University. Driendl speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish.

Rodrigo Vásquez
Rodrigo Vásquez
Director General of TAR Aerolíneas

Vásquez has more than 25 years of experience in the aviation industry. He began working for Mexicana de Aviación, later on he became the Commercial Director of TAESA and afterwards the General Director of Cancún Sky Tours. In June 2009, Vásquez became the Commercial Director of Flymex. During his career, Vásquez has been responsible for the generation of the business model of three commercial airlines, Vuelamex, Avolar and TAR Aerolíneas, and their launch into the market. Vásquez has a Bachelors in Economics from ITAM and post-graduate studies in Airline Administration from IATA-Geneva.

Carlos Ramírez Villanueva
Carlos Ramírez Villanueva
President of Monterrey Aerocluster

Ramírez has a broad experience in manufacturing for several different sectors as he has worked in this industry since 1984. In 1999, he created Tecnología, Procesos y Maquinados, SA de CV (TECMAQ) with the goal of providing machining services to many different markets. Nowadays, Ramírez is the Director General of TECMAQ. Ramírez is a member of the Consulting Council of the Association of Manufacturing Technology (AMT) Mexico and is part of several civil associations, including Monterrey Aerocluster of which he has been President since February 2016.

Bernardo Moreno
Bernardo Moreno
Director General of Redwings

Moreno is a pilot and has 4,800 flight hours in Airbus and Hawker aircraft. He is an instructor for Beechjet 400A. In 2007, Moreno created Redwings as an operations club for executive aircraft. It now incorporates a maintenance center and will soon function as a fixed-base operator. Redwings is one of the few companies in Mexico with the ISBAO and Wyvern Wingman certifications. Moreno studied Aviation Business Administration at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach Campus, Florida, with a specialization in Aerial Operations and Airport Design.

Francisco Navarro
Francisco Navarro
Director General of Airbus Helicopters

Navarro has been Director General of Airbus Helicopters México and Airbus Helicopters México’s plant in Queretaro since 2015. He has more than 30 years of experience in different sales, marketing and client support positions within the Airbus group. Navarro served as Vice President of Support & Services at Airbus Helicopters Spain, Vice President of Market Development of Airbus Military and as Managing Director of Sabadell Helicopters Service Center. He has held several responsibilities within the Military Transport Aircraft Division. Navarro has an MSc in Aeronautical Engineering.

René Espinoza
René Espinoza
President of Chihuahua Aerospace Cluster

Espinoza has more than 13 years of experience in the industry, mainly in chemical processing and surface finishing for metal and aluminum parts. Involved in two successful company starts up in Mexico, he is currently in charge of Metal Finishing Co. (MFCO)’s operation in Chihuahua Mexico, positioning the company as Mexico’s largest aerospace process shop with more approvals for major OEMs than any other company in the country. Espinoza was named President of Chihuahua Aerospace Cluster, highlighting his participation in diverse initiatives such as education, supply chain and certifications.

Jess Lozada
Jess Lozada
CEO and Senior VP of Maintenance at TechOps Mexico

Losada has significant experience in the aerospace industry. Before entering TechOps, he was Senior Engineering Section Manager at GE Aviation where he led the Propulsion Engineering department and Field Service for over 600 GE aircraft engines. Previous to that, Losada worked at Eaton Corporation, Aviation Repair Technologies, Assurance Power Systems and Aerotechnologies. He also served in the US Marine Corps. Losada has an Executive Master's of Business Administration from the University of Memphis and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Miami.

Guillermo Heredia
Guillermo Heredia
Chairman of Qet Tech Aerospace

Losada has significant experience in the aerospace industry. Before entering TechOps, he was Senior Engineering Section Manager at GE Aviation where he led the Propulsion Engineering department and Field Service for over 600 GE aircraft engines. Previous to that, Losada worked at Eaton Corporation, Aviation Repair Technologies, Assurance Power Systems and Aerotechnologies. He also served in the US Marine Corps. Losada has an Executive Master's of Business Administration from the University of Memphis and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Miami.

Roberto Marcos
Roberto Marcos
Vice President of Monterrey Jet Center

Marcos has extensive experience in aviation at Monterrey Jet Center, where he has been Vice President and Partner since 1996. He is also a Partner in the cooperative of Del Norte International Airport (ADN) in Monterrey. Between 2005 and 2012, Marcos was Board Member and Operations Director of Saltillo Jet Center. From 2010 to 2012, he was a member of UANL’s consulting council and helped to create the university’s Bachelor in Aeronautics program and the school’s Center of Research and Innovation in Aeronautical Engineering (CIIIA). Marcos is also Sales Director of Jetnet and President of Amigos de la Aviación.

Andres Arboleda
Andres Arboleda
Co-Founder of Go2Jets and Co-Founder and COO at Privé Jets

Arboleda has over a decade of experience in the business aviation industry. In 2007 he co-founded Privé Jets. As COO of Privé Jets, Arboleda manages all aspects of the daily operations and business development with governmental and international agencies. Arboleda is also involved in the business development of Royal Clientele in the Middle East as well as top Athletes in Baseball, Basketball and Golf. In 2015, he co-founded Go2Jets, the first Alliance between Jet Charter Companies in the Americas, which has centralized all marketing and sales force efforts for all members.

Luis Lizcano
Luis Lizcano
Managing Director of FEMIA

Lizcano has more than 25 years of experience in industry development from different perspectives, including government positions and private companies. He was in charge of Foreign Direct Investment Attraction for the northern state of Chihuahua Government where he had the opportunity to design and implement the Aerospace Industry Development Strategy to attract companies like Cessna, Honeywell Aerospace, Beechcraft and Bell Helicopter. He has a background in economic development, automotive, aerospace and industrial real estate. Lizcano holds a Bachelors in Industrial Engineering from ITESM.

Cesar Fragozo
Cesar Fragozo
Chief of Unit for Sectorial Development at ProMéxico

Prior to his current role, as Minister for Asia, Fragozo oversaw a dozen of ProMéxico’s Asia and Middle East representative offices in China, Korea, Japan, India, Singapore, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. His previous roles abroad include Trade and Investment Commissioner in Taiwan and in Germany, in this country he promoted European investment for Mexico. Fragozo began his career in finance and corporate banking within Mexico’s most salient banks. He was educated has an MSc in International Securities Investment from University of Reading, England.

Pablo Carranza
Pablo Carranza
Adjunct General Director of Aviation at DGAC

Carranza has almost 30 years of experience in the aviation industry and has pushed forward the development of legislation for maintenance, operations, navigation, certification, airport services and operational security. He has supported the certification of several companies including Aeroméxico, Interjet and Volaris. As Adjunct General Director of Aviation at DGAC, Carranza is in charge of the certification of manufacturing companies for aerospace components, design and modification of aircraft, certification of aerial operators and the authorization of aviation workshops.  

Daniel Parfait
Daniel Parfait
President of Safran Mexico

A career diplomat, he was French Ambassador to Mexico from 2008 to 2012 and to Colombia from 2000 to 2004. He held several responsibilities within the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including Sub-secretary of the Americas and the Caribbean between 2004 and 2008. Previously, he had occupied diplomatic positions in Peru, Germany and the US where he was in charge of relations with the US Congress. Finally, he was also Director for the nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. Parfait graduated from the École Nationale d´Administration in 1983.