Ing. Carlos Lozano de la Torre

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CARLOS LOZANO DE LA TORRE: A short biography

The Governor of Aguascalientes, Carlos Lozano de la Torre was born in Bakersfield, California (USA) on February 9, 1950. He is married to Blanca Rivera Rio Flores and has one son and two daughters: José Carlos, Emma Daniela and Blanca.

Carlos Lozano has a graduate degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from the University of Monterrey. He has conducted studies on Industrial Planning and Development and New Towns in England, as a scholar of the Mexican government.

As part of his public career, has been Secretary for Economic Development in the periods 1974-1980, 1980-1986 and 1992-1998, when Aguascalientes became a major recipient of investment from Asia and the United State of America. In the period from 1992 to 1998, he was able to manage the arrival and success of 266 investment projects, amounting to almost 8 billion dollars that generated approximately 40,000 new jobs. He was also Secretary for Economic Development in the state of Zacatecas from 1998 to 2004.

In the late 80’s he promoted the start of operations of the first NISSAN plant in Aguascalientes and the installation of more than 23 companies of suppliers of this Japanese company and the arrival of U.S. investments such as Texas Instruments and Xerox.

He served as Executive Director of Bonaterra University’s Foundation where promoted the educational decentralization in the private high level in Aguascalientes. He founded and coordinated the Mexican Association of Secretaries for Economic Development in 1997 and 1998. Also, he founded and managed the first State Guarantee Found for support Micro and Small Sized Enterprises.

He had several assignments in the Institutional Revolutionary Party (well known as PRI). In 2004 he ran for Mayor of Aguascalientes and after that, he served as State President of PRI from 2005 to 2007.

As Senator of the Mexican Republic, he has received several awards for his work in management of financial resources for education and social projects and his economic proposals, among them, the "Saturnino Herrán Medal" awarded by the University of Aguascalientes’ Foundation; the "Automotive Legislative Merit Award 2009" awarded by the Mexican Association of Automobile Dealers; and “House’s men and women 2009” awarded by the newspaper “El Economista”.

For his strong record as an effective manager of large investments, Carlos Lozano de la Torre has been invited three times to the World Economic Forum based in Davos, Switzerland, to share the expertise as Secretary of Economic Development. As well, he has attended as speaker in five meetings of Mexican Housing Day in New York and London. He has participated in forum in Japan and Brazil sharing best practices and projects in clean technologies, clean energy and climate change.

During his first year as Governor, he implemented an administrative reform based on current tendencies in urban development, education, society of knowledge and governance creating the first Chief of Staff in Mexico.

In addition, he promoted the construction of a new campus for the University of Aguascalientes, and recently achieved the installation of a second company NISSAN manufacturing plant which represents -for the total amount of its operation- the largest foreign investment in Mexico and one of the most important in the world.

In March 2012, Mr. Lozano has been awarded with the “Governor Award” by the Mexican Sports Confederation (CODEME) recognizing his effort in impelling the federated sport in all its disciplines; this award has never been given to any Governor in the history of Aguascalientes.

He is currently the Coordinator of the Committee on Urban Development, Land Use, Urban Infrastructure and Housing at the National Conference of Governors (CONAGO).


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