Mario Alfonso Cantú was the pioneer of the newly-created Undersecretariat, but as December 1 approaches, the clock is ticking for his maiden term. His successor was just announced as ArcelorMittal alum Francisco Quiroga.
Francisco Quiroga will be the next Undersecretary of Mining, a dependency that is expected to be decentralized and be headquartered in Chihuahua, a traditional mining state. Quiroga has a background in directive positions in several major companies, such as Grupo Villacero and Arcelor Mittal. His history with the Ministry of Economy dates back to 1997 when he served as Trade Remedies Director in Safeguards and Antidumping until 2002.
Quiroga’s first hints of his vision for the Mexican mining industry stressed his support for mining communities and his desire to work more closely with them. Chihuahua’s Governor, Javier Corral, replied emphasizing the local government’s intention to make the decentralization of the Undersecretariat of Mining seamless and work together with the newly announced Undersecretary to make the industry flourish.
The incoming Undersecretary of Mining has more than 18 years of experience in international trade and supply chain management, capital financing, procurement development and M&A. He studied a BA in Economics at UANL, has an MA in Economics from Yale University and MS in Operations Research from the University of Auckland.