- Independent Director
Mr. Garza has served on the Board since 2021. Presently he is Counsel in the Mexico City office of White & Case LLP, one of the world's leading global law firms. Prior to joining White & Case, Mr. Garza served as the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico from 2002 to 2009. Mr. Garza also is currently a director of Kansas City Southern, a publicly-traded rail-based transportation company and is the chairman of its Mexican subsidiary Kansas City Southern de México. He is also on the board for MoneyGram, a publicly-traded global money transfer company. Mr. Garza is a past chairman of the Railroad Commission of Texas, elected to that statewide office in 1998, and serving through 2002. Mr. Garza is a member of the board of trustees of Southern Methodist University. Garza also is a Director to the Americas Society, the US Chamber of Commerce in Mexico and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and COMEXI, the CFR’s Mexican counterpart. From 1994 through 1997 Mr. Garza was the State of Texas Secretary of State, and Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor of Texas from 1994 to 1997. Earlier, Mr. Garza held the position of Cameron County Judge from 1988 to 1994. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the District of Columbia Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Garza is a past recipient of the Aguila Azteca (Aztec Eagle), the highest honor bestowed by the Mexican government upon a foreign national.