Herminio A. Blanco, Director of the Board since 2004, is President of IQOM since 2005. IQOM offers business solutions on international trade, investment and regulatory affairs. In January 2019 Dr. Blanco and his partners established IQOM Strategic Advisors in Washington D.C. to represent the interests of the Mexican private sector in the United States and to provide strategic intelligence, analysis and lobbying of the United States Congress and the Federal government. Since January 2017, IQOM has been the lead advisor of the Consejo Coordinador Empresarial, the umbrella organization of the Mexican private sector, in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (‘‘NAFTA’’). Dr. Blanco has been a member of the board of directors for CYDSA since 2004 and of Fibra Uno since 2011, and he is chairman of Arcelor- Mittal Mexico. He has also been a member of the Trilateral Commission since 2001 and of Science and Technology in Society in Kyoto, Japan. Dr. Blanco served as Secretary of Trade and Industry of Mexico, Undersecretary for International Trade and Negotiations and Chief Negotiator of NAFTA. He was also responsible for the negotiation of the free trade agreement with the European Union, with the European Free Trade Area, with various Latin American countries and with Israel and launched the process that led to the negotiation of the free trade agreement with Japan.
Dr. Blanco holds a B.A. in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Monterrey Tech, a Ph.D. in economics from University of Chicago, and a Doctor Honoris Causa from Rikkyo University in Japan. Dr. Blanco’s extensive experience and background in foreign trade and finance, along with his academic and consulting skills, qualify him to serve on the Board.