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HERMINIO BLANCO MENDOZA
President

During four presidential terms, he played a key role in the transformation of Mexico in the global economic scene.

Herminio Blanco was Secretary of Commerce and Industrial Development (1994-2000), Undersecretary for International Trade Negotiations (1993-94), Mexico's chief negotiator of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) (1990-93), Undersecretary for International Trade (1988-90), and Advisor to the President of Mexico Miguel de la Madrid (1985-88). As head of Commerce and Industrial Development he was responsible for the successful negotiation of several free trade agreements with ten Latin American countries, Israel, and the European Union. He also contributed to the launching of negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement with Japan.

He received his Bachelor´s Degree from the Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM) and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago.

JAIME ZABLUDOVSKY KUPER
Executive Vicepresident

During the NAFTA negotiations, he acted as Mexican Deputy Chief Negotiator. In 1994 he became Deputy Secretary for International Trade Negotiations. Under such capacity he developed Mexico's Trade Negotiating Strategy at the WTO, OECD, APEC, and FTAA; overviewed the implementation and administration of the NAFTA, and the Mexican FTAs with Chile, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Colombia, and Venezuela. He also led Mexican Trade Negotiations with Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Israel, as well as Bilateral Investment Treaties negotiations with Germany, France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Luxemburg, and Argentina. From 1998 to 2001, he was the Mexican Ambassador to the EU and Chief negotiator for the Mexico-EU FTA.

He received his Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University.

FERNANDO JOSÉ SALAS VARGAS
Vicepresident

Economist specialized in applied microeconomics; he has wide experience as trade negotiator and public deregulator.

He has worked in the Economic Research Area of the Central Bank of Mexico (Banco de México). He was also part of the President's Committee of Economic Advisors. In 1989, he cooperated with the team responsible of the privatization of the telecommunications company Teléfonos de México (TELMEX). He participated in the negotiations of the financial services chapter of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and is co-author of the procedure rules of the dispute settlement mechanism. He was part of the Mexican negotiating team of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC). From 1994 to 2000, he proposed to Congress and the Executive Branch the creation of the Federal Commission of Regulatory Improvement (COFEMER), which he later headed.

He received his Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), and his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.

SERGIO GÓMEZ LORA
Chief Executive Officer

During nine years he represented Mexico in International Trade Negotiations.

He held several responsibilities at the Commerce and Industrial Development Ministry (SECOFI), as part of the International Trade Negotiating team. From July 1993 until late 1994, he was Trade Counselor in Mexico's NAFTA Office in Ottawa, Canada. He was also Director for International Trade Agreements, responsibility under which he followed-up the implementation of the NAFTA, as well as the five FTAs Mexico has subscribed with Latin American countries. He was also the Ministry of the Economy’s representative for the implementation of the Environment and labor NAFTA side Agreements (1996-98). He was named Trade Counselor representing the SECOFI as part of the negotiating team of the Mexico-EU Free Trade Agreement.

He received his Bachelor's Degree in International Relations from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and his Master's Degree in International Relations from the Laval University in Quebec, Canada.

LINDA PASQUEL PEART
Legal Director

She obtained her Law Degree from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

She was member of the legal team of the Ministry of Economy for 13 years. During this time, she was in charge of advising the International Trade Negotiations in which Mexico was taking part. She was director of Market Access, Rules of Origin, Intellectual Property, and Customs Proceedings. She was Chief Attorney during the negotiations of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Mexico and the European Union and, subsequently, the FTA between Mexico and Japan. In 2004, she was named Deputy Director General of the office of Legal Consulting of Negotiations of the same Ministry.

In May 2007, she joined IQOM Trade Intelligence as Legal Director.

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