2004 Industry Pioneers


Jorge Diaz SerranoJorge Diaz Serrano

Jorge Diaz Serrano pioneered offshore Mexico in 1959 by founding Permargo. As the first offshore contractor Permargo also operated the NOLA II in a joint venture agreement with Zapata Offshore. In 1976 he was appointed Director General of PEMEX. While at PEMEX he was instrumental in the discovery and development of the Cantarell Field the world’s second largest offshore field. As a result of his leadership Serrano was the driving force in turning Mexico from an importer to an exporter of oil. He ended his career as Mexican Ambassador to Russia in 1982.