Pedro Jorge Guterres Quintans Graça is our chief executive officer, a position he has held since September 2, 2020. Mr. Graça has been the chief executive officer of the companies of our group since April 2016. Prior to becoming our chief executive officer, Mr. Graça held various managerial positions at YDUQS Participações S.A., or YDUQS, from November 2007 to March 2016, including distance learning director and market director. He began his career as an entrepreneur, as a partner and owner of Sistema Energia de Ensino (focused on teaching K-12) from May 1995 to December 2003 and ENAD — Ensino a Distância, from January 2004 to October 2007. He was also a pioneer in the distance education market in Brazil and founded a satellite content transmission company. Cumulatively, Mr. Graça has over 24 years of experience in the education industry. Mr. Graça holds a bachelor’s degree in systems analysis from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie and completed a specialization course in business at Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV).
Ana Paula Rodrigues is our People and Management and Services Officer, a position she has held since September 2, 2020. Ms. Rodrigues has been the People and Management and Services Officer of the companies of our group since July 2018. Prior to that, she worked at YDUQS from April 1999 to July 2018, including 15 years in leadership positions. During her last two years at YDUQS, she was in charge of the shared services center and the information technology department, which provided services to over 90 campuses throughout Brazil. She also worked in several other departments, including the Student Relations Department. She participated in the creation of the management excellence program and the implementation of the quality control system at YDUQS. She was also the Chief Operations Officer of the distance learning department and in charge of student relations, in which capacity she focused on reducing drop-out rates. She was also responsible for the integration of the largest private educational institution launched by YDUQS. Ms. Rodrigues has an MBA in Strategic Management and a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Universidade Estácio de Sá.
Carlos Henrique Boquimpani de Freitas is our Chief Financial Officer, a position he has held since September 2, 2020. Mr. Freitas has been the chief financial officer of the companies of our group since March 2019. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Freitas began his career in the Mergers and Acquisitions department of Banco Brascan (part of the Brookfield Group) in Rio de Janeiro from May 1997 to June 2000. In 2000, he joined the French group ENGIE, which operates in the electricity, gas and services sectors where he worked from June 2000 to March 2019. At ENGIE he held various positions, such as Senior Strategy and Portfolio Manager at ENGIE Latin America from January 2008 to January 2009; Head of Finance, Treasury and Insurance at ENGIE Brasil Energia (formerly Tractebel Energia, a company listed in Brazil with a market capitalization exceeding U.S.$10 billion) from February 2009 to January 2013; and Chief Financial and Investor Relations Officer and Head of Human Resources at ECL, a listed company in Chile, from February 2013 to December 2016. Most recently, he was the Chief Financial and Investor Relations Officer of ENGIE Brasil Energia from January 2017 to March 2019. Mr. Freitas has a bachelor’s degree in Production Engineering from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and an MBA from INSEAD, France.
Luiz Gonzaga Victor Foureaux Neto is our Marketing and Innovation Officer, a position he has held since September 2, 2020. Mr. Foureaux has been the Chief Marketing Officer of the companies of our group since June 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Foureaux held leadership positions at Ânima Educação from October 2005 to May 2016, including acting as marketing and communication officer at Ânima Educação from January 2012 to May 2016. Mr. Foureaux has over 18 years of experience in sales, customer relations and marketing planning, and has also worked in the telecommunications sectors (at TIM Brasil, from August 1999 to October 2005) and in the post-secondary education sector. Mr. Foureaux holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais and an MBA in Marketing from the Fundação Dom Cabral.