November 14, 2017
Kansas City, Mo., November 14, 2017. Today, Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) was honored by the Women’s Forum of New York at the fourth biennial Breakfast of Corporate Champions for achieving at least 25 percent female representation on their board. The company, which has a representation of 25 percent women on the board, was applauded as a corporate game changer who is making special efforts to advance women in the boardroom.
In addition, Latino Leaders magazine has recognized three Latino members of the KCS board of directors in its September/October 2017 edition. Latino Leaders magazine highlights KCS directors Lu M. Córdova, Antonio O. Garza, Jr. and David Garza-Santos among 100 Latino directors in its special 2017 Corporate and Board Edition.
“KCS embraces the tremendous value that comes from the diversity of our board and throughout the company, which is why we are so proud to be recognized by these two organizations,” said KCS president and CEO Patrick J. Ottensmeyer.
“We congratulate KCS and their work towards achieving a greater gender balance in their boardroom,” said Janice Reals Ellig, CEO, The Ellig Group and Chair of the Women’s Forum of New York at the fourth biennial Breakfast of Corporate Champions event. “KCS knows that more women on boards is smart business and their continued success is an inspiration to others."
The event brought together an audience of over 600, including CEOs and board directors along with business leaders, government officials, thought leaders and influential media in special recognition of forward-thinking companies.
This year's Breakfast of Corporate Champions kicked off with a call to action from tennis legend Billie Jean King, who founded the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative with Teneo four years ago, to foster more inclusive leadership including more representation of women and diversity in corporate America. The highest honor, the Muriel F. Siebert Leadership Award, will be presented to Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors for under her leadership, the company became the first major industrial corporation to achieve gender parity on its board.
The awards presentation was followed by three executive panel discussions moderated by highly respected reporters in the media industry. Rebecca Jarvis of ABC News moderated the Gender Diversity Creates Shareholder Value panel, Susan Chira of The New York Times moderated the Getting to Parity by 2025 panel, and Andrew Ross Sorkin of CNBC moderated the CEO Panel: CEO Game Changers. Each panel discussed details about why and how top US companies can be game changers who make real progress in the path to parity. This year’s program concluded with a keynote by Ronald P. O’Hanley, President and CEO of State Street Global Advisors, encouraging attendees and associated companies to take action in the path to gender parity by 2025.
About Kansas City Southern
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., KCS is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, serving the central and south central U.S. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal. KCS' North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a railway network, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada. For more information, visit http://www.kcsouthern.com/en-us/
About the Women's Forum of New York
The Women’s Forum of New York is the city’s premier organization of women leaders. The invitation-only membership of more than 500 women, representing the highest levels of achievement across all professional sectors from finance to fine arts, is dedicated to the advancement of women’s leadership through programs which enrich members lives personally and professionally, through The Education Fund which enables talented women whose potential has been disrupted by extreme adversity to resume their education, and through the Corporate Board Initiative, which extends and expands the contribution of women leaders through corporate board participation. Founded in 1974, the Women's Forum of New York is the flagship of the International Women's Forum, a global organization of over 6500 outstanding women leaders in over 74 Forums around the world. For more information, visit https://www.womensforumny.org/
About Latino Leaders Magazine
Latino Leaders Magazine is the mission of brothers and founders, Raul and Jorge Ferraez, two Mexican businessmen. The mission of Latino Leaders Magazine: Connecting Leaders. Inspiring the Future. Satisfying this claim is the goal of the international staff of Latino Leaders Magazine. By promoting and publishing stories of Latino success, Latino Leaders Magazine strives to showcase stories, other than those often seen in the mainstream media. At the same time, demonstrate the influence Latinos maintain in this country. For more than a decade, Latino Leaders Magazine has featured the top Latinos in the United States, including politicians, sports stars, business owners and other relevant and successful leaders. http://www.latinoleaders.com/