Board of Directors
Aline Leite San Lee Sun is an independent member of our board of directors, a position she has held since October 12, 2021. Mrs. Sun has over 30 years of experience in financial markets, including being the co-founder and chief executive officer of Guide Investimentos from 2013 to 2020. She was also a consultant at Pacífico Asset Management from 2011 to 2013, a superintendent in the asset management team at Itaú Unibanco from 2009 to 2011 and at Unibanco from 2004 to 2009, a senior product manager at Bank Boston from 2000 to 2004, a senior trader at Banco BBM in Rio de Janeiro and at BBM Securities in New York from 1996 to 1999, and a trader at Banco Icatu S.A. from 1993 to 1996. She has a bachelor’s degree in business economics from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, a Certificate of Special Studies in Administration Management at Harvard Business School, and a certificate from the Advanced Boardroom Program for Women at Saint Paul Escola de Negócios.
Carlos Eduardo Martins e Silva is a member of our board of directors since July 13, 2021 and has served as the Chairman of the board since August 26, 2022. Mr. Martins e Silva is a partner at Vinci Partners where he focuses on private equity. He has actively participated in the raising, investing, monitoring and divestment of three private equity funds that together invested a total of U.S.$1.6 billion in more than 30 companies. He has served on the boards of directors or fiscal councils of Cemar, Ceagro, Los Grobo, Burger King, Vitru, Uniasselvi, Domino’s, Grupo CURA and Vero. Since 2021 he has also been a member of the deliberative council of the Brazilian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (Associação Brasileira de Private Equity & Venture Capital — ABVCAP). He has also held executive positions at portfolio companies of Vinci Partners, including serving as the chief financial officer Sollus and Los Grobo, and as the chief executive officer of Uniasselvi (on an interim basis) and Domino’s between 2018 and 2020. Before joining Vinci Partners, Mr. Martins e Silva was an equity research analyst at Credit Suisse where he participated in several initial public offerings between 2006 and 2007. Previously, he worked as an equity analyst at Banco Modal. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and from the Università degli Studi di Bologna.
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 also acts as an independent member of the board at Brado logistica, a company which is part of Grupo COSAN in Brazil. She is also a consulting member of Security SA and a pro bono member of Cruz Vermelha do Brasil – São Paulo Chapter, 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 nonprofit 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, including extension courses in Finance from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) and has also received a certificate in Digital Transformation & Innovation from the University of California, Berkeley in 2018.
Mr. Borghi is a member of our board of directors since November 17, 2022, and is Co-CEO of Crescera Investimentos, a managing director, and a member of its Executive Committee. A partner for over 10 years, he is responsible for its Education Private Equity practice. He was a member of the board of directors of Afya Limited. He is also currently a member of the board of Vertex Technologies Ltd. (Nelogica). Prior to joining Crescera Investimentos, he was a consultant at McKinsey &Co., an executive at Docas Participações S.A., and a partner at Finance Ltda. He holds an electrical engineering degree from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Edson Gustavo Georgette Peli is a member of our board of directors since September 2, 2020 and has served as the Chairman of our board of directors between July 13, 2021 and August 26, 2022. 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 was also a Managing Director at The Carlyle Group, based in São Paulo, Brazil, focusing on buyout investment opportunities primarily in Brazil and other selected South American countries. Mr. Peli joined The Carlyle Group in 2008 and was involved in investing and managing over U.S.$1.5 billion in equity investments in the healthcare, consumer and retail, and education sectors. Mr. Peli stayed with The Carlyle Group until its operations in Brazil were acquired by SPX Capital in May 2021, where he is currently a Partner. Prior to joining The Carlyle Group, 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/Fundação Getulio Vargas with a specialization program in Corporate Finance and Capital Markets at the University of Texas at Austin.
Mr. Argalji is a member of our board of directors since November 17, 2022, and is a senior partner and member of the Executive Committee of Crescera Investimentos, responsible for investments in the Education Private Equity sector, since 2009. He was a member of the Finance Committee of Abril Educação, and a member of the board of directors at Anima Educação and Afya Limited. He is also currently a member of the board of AOVS Sistemas de Informática S/A (Alura). He holds an economics degree from IBMEC.
Fernando Cezar Dantas Porfírio Borges is a member of our board of directors, a position he has held since September 2, 2020. Mr. Borges 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, USS Soluções Gerenciadas S.A. and Grupo Madero and is ViceChairman 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 was also a managing Director and head of the Carlyle Group’s South American buyout group focused on private equity investment opportunities in South America. He joined The Carlyle Group in 2007 and was involved in The Carlyle Group’s investments in portfolio companies in Brazil. Mr. Borges stayed with The Carlyle Group until its operations in Brazil were acquired by SPX Capital in May 2021 where he is currently a Partner. Prior to joining The Carlyle Group, 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 Brasilia.
Mariana Moura Wyatt is a partner and co-founder at 23S Capital. Prior to 23S Capital, Ms. Wyatt worked for 10 years at Temasek, where she was responsible for investments in Brazil. Before Temasek, she worked in the investment banking departments of Goldman Sachs and Citigroup. She is currently a board member at Bionexo S.A. and Clínica SIM Holdings Ltd. (SiMCo) and a member of the executive committees at Samedil Serviços de Atendimento Médico S.A. (MedSênior). She was also a member of the finance committee of Zamp S.A. (Burger King in Brazil), the strategic committee at Smartfit Escola de Ginástica e Dança S.A. and the risk committee at Superbac Biotechnology Solutions S.A. Ms. Wyatt holds an undergraduate degree in business administration from the Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo da Fundação Getulio Vargas and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
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, Faculty Lead for Arizona State University’s new M.S. degree in Innovation & Venture Development. 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, he was a Visiting Associate Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, SAR, China. Dr. Drummond is also founding partner and Executive Director of Rivadavia & Associates. Dr. Drummond was a post-doctoral fellow and visiting scholar at the University of Toronto, Canada, in 2009, holds (i) a PhD in Information Studies, I-School from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), in which he had his PhD Dissertation nominated for the award “Best Brazilian Dissertation in the field,” (ii) a MSc in Information Studies, I-School, from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), (iii) an MBA in International Business, from the Catholic University of Minas Gerais and (iv) a bachelor’s degree in Business from the Federal University of Minas Gerais.
Weslley Kendrick Silva is a member of our board of directors, a position he has held since May 20, 2022. He is the former Head of Institutional Relations at Unicesumar. Mr. Kendrick Silva has a law degree from Unicesumar, as well as a post-graduate degree in marketing. In addition, Mr. Kendrick Silva has a post-graduate degree in strategic management of third-party organizations from Faculdade Cidade Verde and a master’s degree in leadership from Southeastern University.
Wilson de Matos Silva is a member of our board of directors since May 20, 2022. Mr. de Matos Silva is the founder and former dean of Unicesumar. He is also a founder of the educational group Colégio Objetivo – Unidade Maringá. Prior to this, Mr. de Matos Silva was a University Professor at the state university of Universidade Estadual de Maringá-PR and at Universidade Paranaense. Mr. de Matos Silva has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina as well as a specialization in advanced calculus from Universidade Estadual de Londrina.
Ana Paula Rodrigues is our Management and Services Officer, a position she has held since September 2, 2020. Ms. Rodrigues has been the head of human resources and services 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 & Investor Relations 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.
Pedro Jorge Guterres Quintans Graça is our Co-Chief Executive Officer, a position he has held since May 20, 2022. Mr. Graça held as chief executive officer of the companies of our group from April 2016 to May 2022. 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).
William Victor Kendrick de Matos Silva is our Co-Chief Executive Officer, a position he has held since May 20, 2022. Mr. Kendrick de Matos Silva is the former Head of Distance Learning at Unicesumar. Mr. Kendrick de Matos Silva has a master’s degree in public policy management from Universidade do Vale do Itajaí and a bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy from Centro Universitário de Maringá.
James Prestes is our Vice President of Digital Education at Unicesumar, a position he has held since August 11, 2022. He is the former Executive Director of Hubs and Expansion of Unicesumar. Mr. Prestes has an extensive background in several areas, both in digital education and inside the classroom. Previously, he was the Regional Director and Campus Director at Grupo Estácio and Campus Director at Faculdade Montessori, as well as Administrative Director at Colégio CK. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Faculdade Associada de Cotia, with specialization in University Management from Universidade São Marcos and Executive MBA from Fundação Dom Cabral.
Janes Tomelin is our Academic Vice President, a position he has held since May 2022. Mr. Tomelin is a manager and educator focused on ensuring the best composition of teaching quality and academic results. He has an extensive background in on-campus and digital education operations, he has held management positions in several major educational institutions in Brazil. Mr. Tomelin was one of the first professors at Uniasselvi to reach the position of Academic Pro-Dean, at Laureate he served as National Digital Education Director and in the last 5 years, he dedicated himself to Unicesumar as Academic Executive Director. He holds a bachelor’s in Philosophy, and a Master’s degree in Education, and is also a Specialist in Social History.
Tiago Stachon is our Vice President of Continuing Education, a position he has held since August 11, 2022. Mr. Stachon has an extensive background in marketing and sales in the digital education segment. He is the former VP of Marketing & Sales of Unicesumar, an institution recognized by a unique combination of sustained growth and high-quality education, and which is now part of the Vitru group. Before joining Unicesumar, Mr. Stachon worked in advertising agencies for 20 years within companies from different segments (education, automotive, cosmetic, and food), both national and international, in which he developed his expertise in marketing, sales, branding, digital marketing, CRM, innovation, advertising and omnichannel strategies. He has a Master’s degree in International Marketing from UNLP – Universidad Nacional de la Plata (Argentina) and won several awards, such as the Anthology CRM Awards in 2018 and 2022 (Orlando, US) and the Gran Premio of the International Media Association (New York, US).
Waleska Cunha is our Vice President of Human Resources, a position she has held since October 24, 2022. Ms. Cunha has an extensive background in HR, leading teams, and projects with a solid career in Strategic and Corporate HR in medium and large companies in the sectors of Technology, Financial Services, and Education with extensive participation in merger & acquisition processes, integrating cultures, and managing talents. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina and specialization courses in business at Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) and Anhembi Morumbi.
Audit Committee Composition
|Independent Director||Board of Directors||Audit Committee|
|Aline Leite San Lee Sun||I|
|Claudia Jordão Ribeiro Pagnano||I|
|Rivadávia Correa Drummond de Alvarenga Neto||I|
I = Independent Director