Meet Panch Uranga
BBA, Marketing, 1986
2009 College of Business Gold Nugget
Corporate Vice-President and Chief Business Operations Officer for Latin America,
Foxconn Mexico Precision Industry Co., S.A. de C. V.
UTEP opened my eyes to a different world.”
As a young man, Francisco “Pancho” Uranga wasn’t sure what he wanted to study, but he knew he had a strong desire to learn as much about the American culture as possible.
UTEP provided Uranga the perfect opportunity to study in the United States and still be close to his home in Chihuahua, Mexico.
“UTEP was like Disneyland for me. It was nothing like home,” said Uranga, who earned his bachelor’s in marketing in 1986. “It opened my eyes to a different world and I loved it.”
From 1998 to 2004, he served as Secretary of Industrial Development for the state government of Chihuahua, Mexico. Previously, he served as deputy chief of staff and then chief of staff for Mexican Commerce and Trade Secretary Herminio Blanco, where he actively participated in implementing NAFTA and in negotiating key agreements with the Mexican government as part of the country’s trade liberalization.
Today, he serves as Corporate Vice President and Chief Business Operations Officer for Latin America at Foxconn, a Taiwanese conglomerate considered the largest electronic manufacturing services company in the world.
A Lifetime Member of the UTEP Alumni Association who also serves on UTEP’s Centennial Commission, Uranga aspires to one day become a key player in the economic development of the El Paso-Juárez region.
“I fell in love with this region when I was a student. I really care what happens and know the potential,” he said. “I would love the opportunity to apply what I have learned around the world.”