Board of Directors
Edson Gustavo Georgette Peli is a member of our board of directors, a position he has held since September 2, 2020. He is also the Chairman of our board of directors, a position he has held since July 13, 2021. Mr. Peli has previously served on the board of directors of Vitru Brasil, a position he has held since October 2015. In addition to our company, Mr. Peli currently serves on the boards of directors of Ri Happy Brinquedos S.A. Mr. Peli is also currently a Managing Director at Carlyle, based in São Paulo, Brazil, focusing on buyout investment opportunities primarily in Brazil and other selected South American countries. Mr. Peli joined Carlyle in 2008 and since then has been involved in investing and managing over US$1.5 billion in equity investments in the healthcare, consumer and retail, and education sectors. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Peli worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse Brasil S.A., or Credit Suisse Brazil, from December 2004 to January 2008, where he was involved in mergers and acquisitions and capital markets, having participated in over 30 completed transactions across several sectors. Prior to his time at Credit Suisse Brazil, Mr. Peli worked in credit risk at Banco Citibank S.A., or Citi Brazil, from February 2004 to December 2004. Mr. Peli holds a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration from Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo from Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) with a specialization program in Corporate Finance and Capital Markets at the University of Texas at Austin.
Claudia Pagnano is an independent member of our board of directors, a position she has held since September 2, 2020. Ms. Pagnano has been an independent member of the board of directors of Vix Logistica SA serving their board, audit committee, ESG and people committee and market committee. She is also a consulting member at Security SA and a pro bono member at Cruz Vermelha do Brasil – São Paulo Chapter, part of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) – the largest nonprofit humanitarian organization in the world. Ms. Pagnano is also one of the nine founders of WCD (Women Corporate Directors), Brazil chapter, a non-profit foundation that aims to increase the participation of women in positions of boards of directors. Prior to that, she was Chief Executive Officer at Abrakidabra, Chief Commercial Officer at Gol Linhas Aéreas, Managing Director of the Brazilian Division of Brazil Foods-BRF, Chief Marketing Officer and Private Label Vice-President of Grupo Pão de Açucar, Chief Marketing Officer at BankBoston and Unibanco, Consumer Films Business Director for Brazil and Latin America at Eastman Kodak Company and Marketing Category Director at Colgate Palmolive. Ms. Pagnano holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Marketing from Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing, with extension courses in Finance at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV). She has also received a certificate in Digital Transformation & Innovation from the University of California, Berkeley in 2018.
In addition, Ms. Pagnano has been certified as an independent director by the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance (IBGC) since 2018 and has a degree in Corporate Governance and Capital Markets from BI International School in São Paulo in 2014.
Fernando Cezar Dantas Porfírio Borges is a member of our board of directors, a position he has held since September 2, 2020. Mr. Porfírio has previously served on the board of directors of Vitru Brasil, a position he has held since October 2015. In addition to our company, Mr. Borges currently serves on the boards of directors of Ri Happy Brinquedos S.A., Estok Comércio e Participações Ltda., or Tok & Stok, Tempo Participações S.A. and Grupo Madero and is a member of the board of directors of the Brazilian Association of Private Equity & Venture Capital, or ABVCAP, a member of the board of EMPEA — Emerging Market Private Equity Association and of LAVCA — Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association. Mr. Borges is also a managing Director and head of the Carlyle’s South American buyout group focused on private equity investment opportunities in South America. He joined Carlyle in 2007 and has been involved in Carlyle’s investments in portfolio companies in Brazil. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Borges was a managing director at AIG Capital Partners and chief executive officer of AIG Capital Investments do Brasil, being responsible for managing AIG’s private equity activities in Brazil. Prior to his time at the AIG Capital Group, Mr. Borges was a director of Bozano, Simonsen’s private equity division, where he was responsible for managing a private equity fund sponsored by Bozano, Simonsen Group and Advent International. Cumulatively, Mr. Borges has 18 years of private equity experience in Brazil, having participated in more than 20 transactions in the region. Mr. Borges holds a graduate degree from the Bologna Center of the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor of the arts degree in international relations from Universidade de Brasília (UnB).
Lywal Salles is a member of our board of directors, a position he has held since September 2, 2020. Mr. Salles has previously served on the board of directors of Vitru Brasil, a position he has held since October 2015. Lywal Salles is a member of the Board of directors of Vinci Partners. He is also one of the directors of ANBIMA. Between 2010 and 2013, he was Chairman and CEO of UBS AG for Brazil. Prior, he was Senior Managing Director of Itaú Unibanco S.A. in charge of its domestic and international Private Bank businesses and led the investment product committee of the Capital Market Sector. He also was Chairman of the board of Banco Itaú International and of Itaú Securities in the U.S., and CEO of banco Itaú (Suisse) in Zurich. Lywal held, also, several senior positions at Citibank N.A, in the US and Brazil including being the Latin America Regional CEO of the Affluent Client Segment. Previously, he spent 15 years at The Chase Manhattan Bank N.A in Hong Kong, the U.S and in Latin America. He has a B.S. in economics and a post-graduate certificate in Economics Engineering, both from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). He also has a M.S. degree in Administration from Syracuse University, New York.
Rivadávia Correa Drummond de Alvarenga Neto is an independent member of our board of directors, a position he has held since September 2, 2020. Dr. Drummond is Clinical Assistant Professor at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and founding partner and Executive Director of Rivadavia & Associates where he has long been working with world-class organizations such as Mastercard, HSBC, Citibank, Bradesco, GM, Ford, Bank of the West/BNP Paribas, Nissan and IBM, among others. Prior to joining the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, Dr. Drummond was an original partner and board member of the Anima Educational Group Brazil, a Visiting Associate Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, SAR, China. Dr. Drummond was a post-doctoral fellow and visiting scholar at the University of Toronto, Canada, in 2009, holds (1) a PhD in Information Studies, I-School from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), in which he had his PhD Dissertation nominated for the award “Best Brazilian Dissertation in the field,” (2) a MSc in Information Studies, I-School, from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), (3) an MBA in International Business, from the Catholic University of Minas Gerais and (4) a bachelor’s degree in Business from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. With more than thirty years of teaching experience, of which more than twenty years were spent teaching executive education in leading business schools and universities, Dr. Drummond has won multiple teaching excellence awards and has hold C-Level positions as President, CEO, Rector, Dean and Executive Director.