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French Senate Grants Medal to Alstom’s CEO for Mexico

By Fernando Mares | Mon, 06/27/2022 - 15:03

The French Senate granted the Merit Medal to Maite Ramos, CEO, Alstom Mexico. Alstom, an originally French multinational, is one of the largest cargo operators and train manufacturers in Mexico. This is the first time a Mexican woman is granted the medal.

Two years after becoming CEO, representatives of the French Senate, Daniel Laurent, Claude Raynal and Valeérie Létard traveled to Mexico to grant the medal to Ramos, who has maintained the company’s growth and pushed its new global strategy since she was appointed on May 11, 2020. French Senators visited Alstom’s plant located in Ciudad Sahagun, Hidalgo the third-largest plant of the company in the world. 

French senators recognized the work done by Alstom, which under the leadership of Ramos employs over 2,000 people “It is an honor for me to be awarded. It motivates me to continue my work and, through Alstom Mexico, facilitate the creation of jobs and offer a solution to inhabitants and companies’ transportation needs,” Ramos said. 

In 2020, Ramos followed up Ludovic d’Hauthuille, who held the position for three years. She holds two Master’s degrees: one in Organizational Communication and another in International Taxation. She has a Bachelor's degree in Public Accounting from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, as well as completed studies in International Business from the Comillas Pontifical University. Ramos has more than 19 years of experience in the development of transportation and mass urban mobility projects in Mexico and Latin America. She is also the founder of the Commission of Mobility of the Mexican Employers Confederation (COPARMEX).

Alstom is a French company and has operated in Mexico since 1968. Its main clients in the country are the Collective Transportation System (STC) Metro, Mexico City’s Electric Transport System (STEDF) and the Urban Electric Train (SITEUR) in Guadalajara and Monterrey. The company also collaborates with the main freight rail operators in the country like Kansas City Southern, Ferrovalle, Ferrosur and Ferromex. Alstom’s global strategy aims to transform the company into a leader regarding smart and sustainable mobility solutions, while improving its social and environmental impact.

Currently, the company oversees the manufacturing of 42 units for sections Six and Seven of the Mayan Train project. In 2021, the National Fund for Tourism Development (FONATUR) officially granted the contract to the consortium conformed by Bombardier Transportation, which is owned by Alstom, Alstom itself, Gami Ingeniería e Instalaciones and Urales Procesos Industriales. According to FONATUR, the investment totaled US$1.7 billion, which will be used to build railway operation systems, maintenance garages and control points.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
MBN, La Prensa, Expansión
Photo by:   Mado El Khouly
Fernando Mares Fernando Mares Junior Journalist and Industry Analyst