Socorro Sedano Ongay, described by a former colleague as an icon of the plastics industry both in Mexico and abroad, died Dec. 1 in Mexico City after a long fight against cancer. She was 56.
Sedano joined Mexico's National Association of Plastics Industries (Anipac) as its managing director in 1986. She served the trade group until 2001, when she joined resin distributor Polímero y Materias Primas Internacionales SA de CV (Polymat) as the company's business strategy manager.
According to Angel Oria Varela, Polymat's managing director, the advance of Sedano's illness forced her to leave the company in September.
``We are deeply saddened by the passing of someone who for a long time was our close friend and colleague and a true icon of the plastics industry, both nationally and internationally,'' Oria said.
Born in April 1951, Sedano graduated from Mexico's National Autonomous University (UNAM) with a degree in business administration.
Between 1978 and 1987 she taught classes in that same subject in the same university before founding a business administration course in a private university, called the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City.
By then she had joined Anipac ``and brought to our association great talent and hard work that benefited our members and the whole industry,'' Anipac said in a statement.