​Boards of Directors

​Kansas City Southern

Lu M. Córdova  
  • Lu M. Córdova (2)(4)(5)
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Corlund Industries, L.L.C.
  • General Manager
  • Almacen Storage-US, LLC

Director Since: 2010

Experience: Chief Executive Officer of Corlund Industries, L.L.C. since 2005; General Manager of Almacen Storage-US since 2007

Qualifications: Ms. Córdova has extensive business leadership and entrepreneurial experience. She has developed strong leadership skills for high growth companies through her experience in leading companies in the start-up and growth phases of business development. Her business experience has also given her extensive experience in corporate finance and strategic planning. In addition, Ms. Córdova is a citizen of both the United States and Mexico and has experience in managing and leading Mexican businesses. She also has experience in the development of governmental financial and economic policies that she has developed through her formal education and experience with the board of directors of the 10th District Federal Reserve Bank.

Other Current Directorships: Euronet Worldwide, Inc.

Past Directorships: 10th District Federal Reserve Bank based in Kansas City

Henry R. Davis 
  • Henry R. Davis
  • President
  • Promotora DAC, S.A. de C.V.

Director Since: 2008

Experience: President of Promotora DAC, S.A. de C.V. since 1998

Qualifications: As the chief executive officer and vice chairman of Grupo Cifra, Mr. Davis developed extensive business leadership skills. He also has unique insights in managing and operating businesses in Mexico that serve the board well in its governance and strategic oversight of the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, KCSM. Mr. Davis has also developed extensive finance and real estate experience through the leadership of Promotora DAC, S.A. de C.V. In addition, he has strong skills in corporate finance, managing capital intensive industry operations, international relations, strategic planning and executive compensation.

Other Current Directorships: Grupo Bimbo, S.A.B. de C.V.; Fibra Uno, S.A.B. de C.V.

Past Directorships: Grupo Cifra; Grupo Aeroportuario de Pacífico S.A.B. de C.V.; and Ixe Grupo Financiero S.A. de C.V.

Robert J. Druten 
  • Robert J. Druten (1)(3)(4)
  • Chairman of the Board, Kansas City Southern
  • Retired Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Director Since: 2004

Experience: Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hallmark Cards, Inc. from 1994 to August 2006

Qualifications: Mr. Druten has extensive experience in corporate finance and accounting developed during his tenure as a financial manager, and ultimately as chief financial officer of Hallmark Cards, Inc. He has also served on the audit committees of other public companies, which gives him valuable knowledge and perspective in serving on KCS’ audit committee. He also has experience in managing capital intensive operations, international operations and strategic planning.

Other Current Directorships: EPR Properties; Alliance Holdings GP, L.P.

Past Directorships: American Italian Pasta Company

Terrence P. Dunn 
  • Terrence P. Dunn (4)
  • Retired President and Chief Executive Officer
  • J.E. Dunn Construction Group

Director Since: 2007

Experience: President and Chief Executive Officer of J.E. Dunn Construction Group from 1989 to December 31, 2014

Qualifications: As president and chief executive officer of a $2.6 billion (revenue) construction company, Mr. Dunn has extensive executive experience in managing a capital intensive business, corporate finance and accounting and strategic planning. He has strong skills in executive compensation matters and business expansion, and strong board leadership skills developed as lead director of UMB Financial Corporation and as former chairman of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

Other Current Directorships: J.E. Dunn Construction Group; UMB Financial Corporation; MGP Ingredients, Inc.

Past Directorships: Federal Reserve Bank based in Kansas City

Antonio O. Garza, Jr. 
  • Antonio O. Garza, Jr. (1)(2)(4)
  • Counsel, White & Case, LLP

Director Since: 2010

Experience: Counsel, White & Case, LLP since 2009; United States Ambassador to Mexico from 2002 until January 2009

Qualifications: Mr. Garza brings strong political, diplomatic and international business skills to the KCS board that he has developed through his experience as the United States Ambassador to Mexico, and as an international business consultant and attorney. In addition, he has extensive experience in public policy development, strategic relationships with government officials and government relations experience, including prior experience working with the Mexican government, which serves the KCS board well in its governance and strategic oversight of KCSM. Mr. Garza also has a solid understanding of KCSM’s operations developed through his service on its board of directors. Mr. Garza also served as Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission from 1998 to 2002.

Other Current Directorships: Basic Energy Services; MoneyGram International; Southern Methodist University

Past Directorships: BBVA Compass and the U.S. holding companies of BBVA

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  • David F. Garza (3)(4)(5)
  • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  • Maquinaria Diesel SA de CV

Director Since: 2016

Experience: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Maquinaria Diesel SA de CV (MADISA), a national distributor of heavy-duty construction equipment based in Monterrey, Mexico. Mr. Garza has served as a member of the board of directors of numerous other companies in Mexico, including Promotora Ambiental, S.A.B. de C.V., a publicly-traded company that provides private and domestic solid waste collection services, construction and operation of landfills, and services to the petroleum industry in Mexico.

Thomas A. McDonnell 
  • Thomas A. McDonnell (2)(4)(5)
  • Retired President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Director Since: 2003

Experience: President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2014; Chief Executive Officer of DST Systems, Inc. from 1984 until September 2012

Qualifications: Mr. McDonnell is an experienced business leader with the skills necessary to serve as a director of the company. He served for many years as the CEO of DST Systems, Inc., a publicly-traded company and has developed strong business leadership skills in this role. He has extensive executive experience in corporate finance and accounting, technology, international operations and strategic planning. His service on other boards has provided him with a broad business background and leadership skills that are highly valued by directors on the KCS board.

Other Current Directorships: Euronet Worldwide, Inc.; Blue Valley Ban Corp

Past Directorships: Commerce Bancshares, Inc.; DST Systems, Inc.; Garmin Ltd

Pat J. Ottensmeyer 
  • Patrick J. Ottensmeyer
  • President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Kansas City Southern

Director Since: 2016              

Experience: President and Chief Executive Officer since July 1 1, 2016; President from April 2015 to June 2016; Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing from October 2008 through March 2015; Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2006 to October 2008

Qualifications: Mr. Ottensmeyer has a broad range of experience from the various senior executive positions he has held at KCS over the last ten years. During his time as Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, he developed a deep understanding of the company’s strategy as well as its customers and growth opportunities. He also has a very extensive understanding of financial matters, which helped him lead KCS’ financial department during his time as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Ottensmeyer came to KCS in 2006 with substantial experience in financial matters from serving in various financial leadership roles, including treasurer and chief financial officer positions with his prior employers.

Rodney E. Slater 
  • Rodney E. Slater (3)(4)
  • Partner
  • Squire Patton Boggs LLP

Director Since: 2001

Experience: Partner, Squire Patton Boggs LLP since 2001; United States Secretary of Transportation from 1997 to January 2001

Qualifications: Mr. Slater brings strong leadership skills to the KCS board developed through his career as a government leader, which culminated in his service as the United States Secretary of Transportation. As Secretary of Transportation, he developed extensive experience in the regulation of transportation, development of public policy and government and international relations, and he serves as a key advisor to the KCS board on these issues. Through his service on other boards and committees, Mr. Slater also has extensive experience in executive compensation.

Other Current Directorships: Southern Development bancorporation; Transurban Group; Verizon Communications, Inc.; United Way Worldwide; and WS Atkins plc

Past Directorships: ICx Technologies, Inc. Delta Airlines; international Battery, Inc.; Parsons Brinkerhoff

David L. Starling 
  • David L. Starling (1)
  • Senior Advisor
  • Kansas City Southern

Director Since: 2010

Experience: Chief Executive Officer of KCS since August 1, 2010; President and Chief Operating Officer of KCS from July 1, 2008 through August 1, 2010; President and Chief Executive Officer of KCSR since July 1, 2008

Qualifications: Mr. Starling has extensive executive experience in the North American rail industry and in intermodal and global shipping logistics. He developed significant international logistics experience in his role as vice president of Central Asia for American President Lines, where he was responsible for its operations in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. He has significant rail operations leadership experience developed in his positions as president and director general of Panama Canal Railway Company, where he supervised the reconstruction and subsequent operation of the company. He has played an important role in executing the company’s cross-border rail strategy since joining the company in July 2008 as its president and chief operating officer. Prior to joining the company, he developed a strong understanding of its international shipping operations through his position as executive representative of the company from July 2007 until joining the company as an employee in July 2008. In this role, he represented the company in seeking to encourage shipping of ocean container traffic through the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas, as well as through Panama.

Other Current Directorships: Ferrellgas, Inc.



​Committee of the Board

  • (1) Executive
  • (2) Audit
  • (3) Compensation and Organization
  • (4) Nominating and Corporate Governance
  • (5) Finance


The Kansas City Southern Railway Company Board of Directors

  • David L. Starling – Chairman
  • Warren K. Erdman
  • Patrick J. Ottensmeyer
  • Michael W. Upchurch
  • William J. Wochner


Kansas City Southern de Mexico Board of Directors

  • Antonio O. Garza, Jr. – Chairman
  • Henry R. Davis
  • Robert J. Druten
  • Warren K. Erdman
  • Patrick J. Ottensmeyer
  • David L. Starling
  • Jose G. Zozaya
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