Carlos M. Gutierrez is Vice Chairman of the Institutional Clients Group for Citigroup. From 2005 to 2009, he was the 35th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Before his government service, he was Chairman and CEO of the Kellogg Company, a global manufacturer and marketer of well-known food brands.
During his tenure as Secretary, he regularly traveled internationally to visit with foreign government and business leaders to discuss ways to enhance trade and promote U.S. exports. Mr. Gutierrez played a key role in the passage of CAFTA-DR, a landmark agreement that strips away trade barriers, expands export opportunities, and boosts hope and opportunity throughout Latin America. He also served the Bush Administration as Co-Chair for the Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba and was actively involved in U.S.–Cuba policy.
Secretary Gutierrez was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1953 and came to the United States with his family in 1960. Secretary Gutierrez studied Business Administration at the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Queretaro, Mexico.