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Francisco Garza

Speaker

President and CEO
General Motors of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean

Francisco has more than 24 years of experience in the automotive industry in Mexico and in several countries. He began his career in the Distribution Area, where he held different commercial responsibilities.

In 1998, he joined General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC) where he held the position of Operations Manager, being responsible for the launching of the Extended Warranty Program in Mexico.  In 2001, he was promoted to Sales and Marketing Director for Mexico, where he was responsible for the financing program strategy for General Motors.

His first international assignment was in 2005, when he was promoted to Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer for GMAC in Ecuador; following this assignment, he was appointed Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer for GMAC in Argentina and, in 2009, he was appointed Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of GM Financial Mexico, becoming the first Mexican to take the reins of this business.

In 2011 he was appointed Vice President of Sales, Service and Marketing for General Motors de Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, and as of September 1, 2019, he was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer. In this position, he is responsible for both the Export and Domestic Market businesses.

General Motors has 86 years in Mexico, selling vehicles of brands such as Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac and has production plants in Coahuila, Guanajuato, SLP, State of Mexico; a Regional Engineering Center, Parts Warehouse in Toluca and Corporate Offices in CDMX; being the number one employer in the industry with 21,000 direct employees and the main producer and exporter in the sector.

Francisco is a member of the Board of Directors of different Chambers and Associations, such as the Mexican Association of the Automotive Industry (AMIA), the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) and the Executive Council of Global Enterprises (CEEG). He also chairs the Corporate American Advisory Council of The American Society of Mexico (AMSOC).

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Universidad Valle Continental and a Master's degree from IDE Business School - an institution endorsed by the University of Navarra - IESE; and has attended different programs at universities such as Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).