Itiquira Acquisition Corp.
- Technology, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Education, Consumer
Paulo Carvalho de Gouvea has served as our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of our board of directors since our inception. Since September 2015, Mr. de Gouvea has been a founding Managing Partner of Ygeia Capital Gestão de Recursos Ltda. (“Ygeia Capital”), a private equity company in Brazil, targeting acquisitions of healthcare companies in Brazil. From 2016 to 2020, he served as a member of the board of directors of Grupo RPH, a portfolio company of Ygeia Capital and a leading nuclear medicine company in Brazil, and from 2016 to October 2020, he served as chairman of the board of directors of Ygeia Saúde Participações S.A. and Ygeia Medical Participações S.A., Ygeia Capital’s investment vehicles of its healthcare investments. From August 2011 to June 2015, Mr. de Gouvea was both a senior partner and a member of the board of directors at XP Investimentos Corretora de Cambio, Titulos e Valores Mobiliarios S.A. (“XP Investimentos”), Brazil’s largest independent broker-dealer firm, where he was head of the Investment Banking and Private Equity divisions. Prior to XP Investimentos, from September 1997 to January 2011, he served in many legal and financial roles, including head of corporate finance at Grupo EBX, a former infrastructure, energy and natural resources conglomerate in Brazil, where he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions, private equity, equity capital markets and investor relations. Mr. de Gouvea holds an LLB from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.
Due to his extensive private equity and investment experience, having served as a director in companies with shares listed on the Brazilian and Canadian exchanges, we believe Mr. de Gouvea is well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Marcus Leonardo Silberman has served as our Chief Financial Officer since our inception. Mr. Silberman is a principal at CH Global Capital, based in São Paulo, focused on strategic advice and capital solutions. Prior to joining CH Global Capital, from September 2014 to March 2019, he served as co-head of Latin America M&A at BofA Securities, a multinational investment bank of Bank of America, focused on Brazil. Prior to that, he was co-head of Emerging Markets M&A and a member of the Global Advisory Investment Banking Committee of Credit Suisse, a multinational investment bank and financial services company, where he worked from January 1998 until June 2014. Mr. Silberman holds a PhD in Finance from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, an MSc in Industrial Engineering from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Federal do Rio de Janeiro.
Pedro Chomnalez has served as our Co-Chief Investment Officer and member of our board of directors since our inception. Since 2014, Mr. Chomnalez has been a Founding Partner and a Principal at CH Global Capital. Prior to founding CH Global Capital, Mr. Chomnalez served in several leadership positions at Credit Suisse. In addition to his role as Head of Credit Suisse Latin America Investment Banking from 2004 to 2013, he was the Co-Head of the Credit Suisse Emerging Markets Council from 2010 to 2013. Before that, Mr. Chomnalez was responsible for the Credit Suisse Latin America M&A Group from 2001 to 2004. Prior to that, Mr. Chomnalez served as a director of the Credit Suisse International Private Equity Fund focusing on investments in Brazil, Argentina, Poland and the United Kingdom in the technology, consumer, industrials and media and entertainment sectors. Prior to Credit Suisse, Mr. Chomnalez was an investment banker at Lehman Brothers, a former global financial services firm, from 1991 to 1999 in the industrials, emerging markets and equity capital markets groups. From March 2016 to January 2018, he was a member of the board of directors of Telecom Argentina, and also a member of its audit committee. Mr. Chomnalez has an MBA from INSEAD and a MS in Economics and BS in Econometrics from the Université Paris II Pantheon-Assas.
Due to his extensive investment banking, financial advisory and asset management experience, we believe Mr. Chomnalez is well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Maria Alejandra Herrera has served as our Co-Chief Investment Officer and member of our board of directors since our inception. Since 2014, Ms. Herrera has been a principal and founding partner at CH Global Capital Management, LLC (formerly known as CH EM Holdings, LLC) in New York, serving as Chief Investment Officer and Chief Compliance Officer since 2016 and focusing on investment advisory and asset management. Since 2017, Ms. Herrera has also served on the advisory board of Princeville Capital, an investment firm focused on backing rapidly growing technology-related private companies around the world. Prior to CH Global Capital, Ms. Herrera was a director in the technology, media & telecom and Latin America investment banking groups at BofA Securities from 1996 to 2002. She began her investment banking career at Lehman Brothers from 1992 to 1996. Ms. Herrera holds an MS in Industrial Engineering from the School of Engineering of the University of Buenos Aires, an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a MA in International Studies from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania.
Due to her extensive investment banking, financial advisory and asset management experience, we believe Ms. Herrera is well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Gabriela Yu has served as our Treasurer, Controller and Investor Relations Officer since our inception. Since 2019, Ms. Yu has been a Managing Director at CH Global Capital Management, LLC, based in New York, where she has been primarily focused on the evaluation and due diligence of private equity, direct and fund investments. Prior to CH Global Capital, from 2018 to 2019, Ms. Yu was a Director at Sophia Capital, a private investment firm based in Buenos Aires, where she led execution and origination efforts for alternative investment opportunities. Prior to Sophia Capital, from 2007 to 2018, Ms. Yu worked for over a decade in Credit Suisse’s Investment Banking and Equity Capital Markets units, covering the Latin American region, based in New York and Buenos Aires. Ms. Yu holds a MS in Finance and a BS in Business Administration from Universidad de San Andrés.
Tainah Salles Mendes has served as our Vice President of Corporate Finance since our inception. From 2016 to 2019, Ms. Salles was a partner at Ygeia Capital, serving as compliance director from 2018 to 2019. From 2013 to 2016, she was a partner at XP Gestão de Recursos Ltda., the asset management arm of XP Investimentos, focusing primarily on fixed income portfolio management and pension fund investor relations. Ms. Salles began her banking career at HSBC Private Bank, from 2009 to 2013, working in the New York, Geneva, Singapore and London offices, where she was an investment advisor to clients of HSBC’s wealth management business. Ms. Salles holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with a concentration in finance and operation and information management.
Claudio Eugênio Stiller Galeazzi has agreed to serve on our board of directors and is currently an independent board member of Itiquira Corp, as well as a member of the audit committee. He has acted as CEO of several Brazilian companies such as BRF S.A., Grupo Pão de Açúcar, Lojas Americanas, Cecrisa, Vila Romana, Artex and Mococa. Mr. Galeazzi was also chairman of the board of SESI (National Council of Social Service for Industry), director of FIESP (Federation of Industries of the State of Sao Paulo), board member of IEL (Euvaldo Lodi Institute), vice president of ANFAC (National Association of Factoring) and director of MAM SP (Museum of Modern Art of Sao Paulo). In addition, he was managing director of the Brazilian and Argentine subsidiaries of Drew Chemical Corp., president of Cesbra and John Sommers (a joint venture between British Petroleum and Brascan) and vice president of British Petroleum Mining in Brazil. Mr. Galeazzi currently works as a consultant at Galeazzi & Associados, which he founded, and is a board member of Banco BTG Pactual Bank, where he is also a member of the audit and compliance committees.
Due to his extensive management and board experience, having served as a CEO and director in various Brazilian companies, we believe Mr. Galeazzi is well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Marcelo Maisonnave has agreed to serve on our board of directors and is currently independent board member of Itiquira Corp. Mr. Maisonnave is a Brazilian entrepreneur that co-founded XP Investimentos, now XP Inc (NASDAQ: XP), in 2003, where he spent 13 years leading different parts of the business, including spearheading the education and securities areas of the company. In parallel, from 2010 to 2014, he was a member of the board of directors of ANCORD, the Brazilian National Association of Brokers and Distributors of Securities, Foreign Exchange and Commodities. Since 2016, Mr. Maisonnave has been dedicated to the fintech startups he co-founded in investment platforms, credit, payments and education sectors. Notably, he is co-founder and investor at StartSe, a major start-up ecosystem in Brazil, and Warren, a digital low-fee investment platform. Mr. Maisonnave is also an investor at Vortx, FitBank, Monkey Exchange and Conta Simples, and serves as a director of Warren Brasil CTVM SA and Vortx. He has a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUC-RS), a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) and a capital markets specialization from the University of California.
Due to his extensive entrepreneurial and board experience, having co-founded XP Investimentos and StartSe and holding various director roles, we believe Mr. Maisonnave is well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.