Management Team

Management Team

Carlos Ruiz Sacristán

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
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Carlos Ruiz Sacristán is IEnova´s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors since June 2012. Prior to his appointment, Carlos Ruiz Sacristán was member of the Board of Directors of Sempra Energy from 2007 to 2012. Carlos Ruiz Sacristán served as Mexico's Secretary of Communications and Transportation during the administration of Dr. Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León from 1994 to 2000. Previously he served in various positions at the Central Bank (Banco de Mexico) from 1974 to 1988, the Ministry of Finance from 1988 to 1992, and Petróleos Mexicanos in 1994. Carlos Ruiz Sacristán holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Anahuac University in Mexico City and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Northwestern University in Chicago. Currently Mr. Ruiz is member of the Board of Directors of Southern Copper Corp, Banco Ve por más, S.A de C.V., and Grupo Creatica, S.A. de C.V.

Tania Ortiz Mena

Chief Development Officer
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Tania Ortiz Mena is Chief Development Officer for IEnova. In her current role, she is responsible for the company’s business development and commercial areas. Tania joined IEnova in 2000. She has held the positions of Manager, Project Director, Director for Government and Regulatory Affairs, Vice President of External Affairs and Vice President for Business Development and External Affairs. From 1994 to 1999 Tania worked for PMI, Pemex’s international trading subsidiary, where she was responsible for the residual oil products international trading area.

Tania holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Boston University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.

Tania is Board Member of Mexican Natural Gas Association, Board Member of the World Energy Council - Mexico Chapter, Board Member of the Energy Regulatory Commission Advisory Board and member of the Mexican Council for International Relations. From 2015 to 2016, Tania was President of the Board of Mexico’s Natural Gas Association.

Manuela (“Nelly”) Molina

Chief Financial Officer
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Nelly Molina has been IEnova´s Chief Financial Officer since July 2017. Previously she served as Vice President of Finance 2010 to 2017. Before joining IEnova she served as Vice President of Finance at El Paso Corporation in Mexico from 2001 to 2010. Prior to El Paso Corporation (Mexico), Ms. Molina was General Manager of Kinder Morgan (Mexico), the first distributor of natural gas in Hermosillo, Sonora, from 1997 to 2001. Ms. Molina holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the Universidad de Sonora in 1995 and a Master’s Degree in Finance from the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. In 2015 Ms. Molina was national president of the Mexican Institute of Finance Executives (Instituto Mexicano de Ejecutivos de Finanzas), currently she is chairman of the Issuers Committee of the Mexican Stock Exchange and independent advisor of the New Mexico City Airport Project. She is also a board member and founder of NatGas Querétaro.

Arturo Infanzón Favela

Chief M&A and Planning Officer
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Arturo Infanzón has been IEnova´s Chief M&A and Planning Officer since July 2017. Previously he served as IEnova's Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Chief Operating and Financial Officer in January 2012 and Sempra International's Vice President for México and Director of Operations. He also served as Controller of Operations in Mexico and General Manager of Ecogas. Prior to joining Sempra Energy in 1997, Arturo Infanzón worked at Price Waterhouse and the First National Bank. Arturo Infanzón currently serves on the Board of Directors of Chilquinta Energía, S.A. and Luz del Sur, S.A.A., companies controlled by Sempra Energy. Also, he serves on the Energy Advisory Board of the IPADE Business School. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Universidad Autónoma de Baja California in Mexico and a Master's Degree in Finance from San Diego State University.

Juan Rodríguez Castañeda

Chief Corporate Affairs & Human Resources
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Juan Rodriguez Castañeda has been IEnova´s Chief Corporate Affairs and Human Resources Officer since May 2016. Previously he served as the Company´s Vice President of Corporate Matters and Human Resources from 2014 to 2016. Before joining IEnova he worked for 10 years in the aviation sector, where he served as Chief Corporate & Industry Affairs Officer from 2013 to 2014, Chief Human Resources Officer from 2010 to 2013 in Aeromexico, Chief Executive Officer in SEAT, currently Aeromexico Servicios in 2010 and Chief Executive Officer in Aeromexpress currently Aeromexico Cargo from 2004 to 2010. Juan Rodriguez Castañeda also served in the Mexican Public Administration from 1988 to 2004 including posts within the Secretary of Finance and Public Credit, Secretary of Communication and Transportation (SCT), PEMEX, as well as the Office of the Presidency, his most relevant positions were Chief of Staff for three Secretaries and General Coordinator of Planning at the Secretary of Communication and Transportation. Juan Rodriguez Castañeda holds a bachelor´s degree in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

Jesús Córdoba Domínguez

Chief Engineering & Construction Officer
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Jesús Córdoba has been IEnova´s Chief Engineering & Construction Officer since May 2016. Previously he served as the Vice President of Engineering & Construction from 2012 to 2016 and Director of Operations and Transportation from 2010 to 2012. Jesús Córdoba worked for El Paso Corporation in Mexico as Project Manager for Subsidiaries from 2001 to 2010 and as Superintendent of Contracts with TransCanada Pipelines in Mexico from 1998 to 2001. Jesús has 37 years of experience in infrastructure project execution, including 18 year of experience in project management in the construction industry in Mexico. Jesús Córdoba has a bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad La Salle, specializing in project management.

Carlos Barajas Sandoval

Chief Operating Officer
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Carlos Barajas has been IEnova´s Chief Operating Officer since May 2016. Previously he served as Vice President of Operations from 2013 to 2016 and as Vice President of Gas in 2013. Before joining IEnova, Carlos Barajas worked for LNG´s Terminal in Altamira as General Director from 2007 to 2013; Director of Business Development for Shell Mexico from 2005 to 2007, Commercial Director for InterGen Mexico from 2000 to 2005 and Commercial Manager for Energía Mayakan from 1997 to 2000. Carlos Barajas holds a Bachelor´s Degree in Civil Engineering from the Instituto Politécnico Nacional in 1992 and a Master´s Degree in Engineering from British Columbia University in 2000 and a Master´s Degree in Business and Economics from the Universidad Anáhuac in 2007.

René Buentello Carbonell

Chief Legal Counsel
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René Buentello has been IEnova´s Chief Legal Counsel since May 2016 and Pro-Secretary of the Board of Directors since 2010. Previously he served as Vice President and General Counsel from 2014 to 2016 and as General Counsel from 2010 to 2014. René Buentello began his corporate lawyer career at the industrial division of Grupo Carso, where he served as Legal Manager at Grupo Nacobre and Grupo Aluminio and Alternate Secretary and Secretary, respectively, of the Board of Directors of those companies from 1990 to 2002, and later he joined PEMEX, where he served in various positions in the transportation and logistical areas of Pemex-Gas and Pemex-Refining from 2002 to 2008. Subsequently, he served as Business Development Director at El Paso Corporation in Mexico from 2008 to 2010. René Buentello holds a law degree and graduate degrees in Economic and Corporate Law, Commercial Law and International Finance Law, all from the Universidad Panamericana.

Gerardo De Santiago Tona

Senior Vice President Strategic Planning
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Gerardo de Santiago has been IEnova´s Senior Vice President Strategic Planning since May 2016. Previously he served as Executive Vice President of Operations and Construction from 2010 to 2016. Gerardo De Santiago was Director of Sempra Pipelines & Storage Mexico from 2008 to 2010, which became part of Sempra International in January 2012. Gerardo De Santiago served as Director of Ecogas from 2001 to 2008. Before joining Sempra Energy in 2001, Gerardo De Santiago worked for the Municipal Water System of Saltillo from 1997 to 2000 and for the CFE from 1992 to 1997. Gerardo De Santiago holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad Autónoma del Noreste in 1991 and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in 1996.

Roberto Rubio Macías

Vice President Controller
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Roberto Rubio has been IEnova’s Vice President Controller since may 2016. Previously he served as the controller from 2012 to 2016. Roberto served as Sempra International’s Foreign Investment Accounting Manager from July 2011 to October 2012, and Manager of Internal Auditing of Luz del Sur, S.A.A. (a Sempra Energy subsidiary in Lima, Peru) from January to June 2011. He served as IEnova’s Financial Reporting Manager from 2007 to 2010 in Tijuana, the Controller of Termoeléctrica de Mexicali from 2005 to 2007, Accounting Manager of Sempra Energy Mexico in Tijuana from 2003 to 2005, and the Controller of Ecogas in Chihuahua from 2001 to 2003. Before joining Sempra Energy in 2001, Roberto Rubio worked from 1998 to 2001 as Administrative Manager at a textile products manufacturer, as Regional Administrative Supervisor at British American Tobacco from 1996 to 1998 and as Senior Auditor at Deloitte Chihuahua, Galaz, Yamazaki, Ruiz Urquiza, S.C. from 1993 to 1996. Roberto Rubio holds an Accounting Degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, 1995, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, 2001, from the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, is a Certified Public Accountant certified by the Mexican Public Accountants Institute in 2001 and a Master´s Degree in Innovation for Business Development from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in 2017.

Jorge Molina Casellas

Vice President Commercial
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Jorge Molina is IEnova´s Commercial Vice President since May 2016. Previously he served as the company’s Business Director from 2012 to 2016, and has held management positions in the commercial, finance, project, regulatory and operations areas in different business units since he join the company in 1997. Before joining IEnova he worked as Financial Advisor for Bancomer from 1993 to 1997. Jorge Molina holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Corporate Finance from the Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior Campus Mexicali.

Juancho Eekhout Smith

Vice President of Development
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Juancho Eekhout Smith has been IEnova´s Vice President of Development since august 2016. Previously he served as senior director of Commercial Development for Sempra LNG & Midstream from 2014 to 2016, where he led the initial stage of development of the Energía Costa Azul liquefaction project in Baja California, Mexico. Previously, he worked as San Diego Gas & Electric’s director of Strategic Planning & New Products and Services and as the utility’s director of Origination & Portfolio Design from 2010 to 2013. Eekhout began his career with Sempra Energy in 2008 as director of Mergers and Acquisitions where he played a key role in the divestment of RBS-Sempra Commodities and supported the acquisition of El Paso’s assets in Mexico. Prior to joining Sempra Energy, he worked eight years in the Oil Trading and Refining & Fuel Marketing departments at British Petroleum. Juancho Eekhout holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Venezuela.


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Ciudad de México

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