President Vicente Fox

Former president of Mexico, co-president of Centrist Democrat International

 

President Vicente Fox was president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006. His term in office marked the end of 71 years of uninterrupted rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

Before serving as president, he earned a degree in business administration from the Ibero-American University in Mexico City and was a route supervisor for the Mexican unit of the Coca-Cola Company. After a series of promotions, he served as the company’s chief executive in Mexico (1975–79).

He joined the National Action Party (PAN) in 1987 and the following year was elected to the national Chamber of Deputies. After losing a controversial gubernatorial election in Guanajuato in 1991, he ran again and was elected in 1995. In 2000 Fox ran for president on a platform that focused on ending government corruption and improving the economy. At the polls he easily defeated PRI candidate Francisco Labastida Ochoa, and on Dec. 1, 2000, he succeeded Ernesto Zedillo as president of Mexico.

Since his time in office he has been involved in public speaking and the construction of the Vicente Fox Center of Studies, Library and Museum. He is co-president of the Centrist Democrat International, an international organization of Christian democratic political parties.

President Fox attended One Young World 2014 Dublin.