Bernardo Hees will serve as Co-Chairman of our board of directors following the completion of this offering. Mr. Hees served as a partner of 3G, a private equity firm, from 2010 to 2019 and was responsible for leading some of 3G’s most iconic investments. Until stepping down in June 2019, Mr. Hees served as the Chief Executive Officer of Kraft Heinz (NYSE: KHC), one of the largest manufacturers and marketers of consumer branded food products in the world. Mr. Hees became Chief Executive Officer of Kraft Heinz upon the closing of the merger of Kraft with Heinz in 2015, where he served as Chief Executive Officer since June 2013. Prior to this, Mr. Hees served as Chief Executive Officer of Burger King, a global fast food restaurant chain, from November 2010 to June 2013, upon 3G’s approximately $4.0 billion acquisition of Burger King Holdings (formerly NYSE: BKC). Mr. Hees also served as the Chief Executive Officer of America Latina Logistics (SAO: RAIL3), a Brazilian logistics company, from January 2005 to September 2010 (now known as Rumo S.A.). Mr. Hees is currently the Chairman of the Board and Chair of the Board’s Executive Committee of Avis Budget Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CAR), a leading global provider of mobility and car rental solutions through its Avis and Budget brands. Mr. Hees has served on the board of directors of Bunge Ltd. (NYSE: BG), an agribusiness and food company, since December 2019. Mr. Hees received his bachelor’s degree from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro and his MBA from the University of Warwick and he completed the Owner and President Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Additionally, among the reasons for his appointment as a director, Mr. Hees’s financial, business and operational experience, as well as the experience that he has accumulated through his activities as an executive and investor, add strategic vision to the board of directors to assist with our ultimate business combination transaction.
Carlos Piani has been our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer and a director since our inception. Mr. Piani has over 20 years of investment and operational experience and a depth of investment and mergers and acquisitions experience in a wide range of industries. Mr. Piani is currently the Chairman of Equatorial Energia S.A. (SAO: EQTL3), a Brazilian utilities company, Chairman of Brasil Brokers Participacoes S.A. (SAO: BBRK3), a Brazilian real estate company, and serves on the board of directors of Petrobras Distribuidora S.A. (SAO: BRDT3), Brazil’s largest fuel distribution company. Mr. Piani served as Head of Strategic Initiatives and Mergers & Acquisitions in 2019 at Kraft Heinz and Zone President of Kraft Heinz Canada from 2015 to 2018. Prior to joining Kraft Heinz, Mr. Piani served as Chief Executive Officer of PDG Realty S.A. Empreendimentos e Participacoes (SAO: PDGR3), a real estate company, from August 2012 to August 2015. Previously, he served as Co-Head of Private Equity of Vinci Partners, an independent asset management firm, from April 2010 to August 2012, as Chief Executive Officer of CEMAR, an electricity distribution company in Brazil, from March 2006 to April 2010, and as Chief Executive Officer of Equatorial Energia S.A., CEMAR’s controlling shareholder, from March 2007 to April 2010. From 1998 to 2004, Mr. Piani served at Banco Pactual S.A. (now known as BTG Pactual S.A.), initially as an investment banking analyst and later as an Associate Partner of the Principal Investment Group, where he managed a multi-million dollar venture capital fund focused on Brazilian technology companies. Mr. Piani has a degree in computer science from PUC/RJ and a bachelor’s degree in business from IBMEC/RJ. He has also completed the Owner and President Management Program at Harvard Business School and is a Chartered Financial Analyst by CFA Institute.
Mr. Piani’s extensive experience in managing and operating public and private companies of varying size and complexity across many industries in Brazil, and his extensive experience in the areas of finance, strategy and mergers and acquisitions enable him to provide valuable expertise to us.
Rodrigo Xavier will serve as Co-Chairman of our board of directors following the completion of this offering. From 2014 to 2017, Mr. Xavier served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Brazil. Prior to this, from 2009 to 2013, he was a Founding Partner and member of the Executive Committee of Vinci Partners. Mr. Xavier joined Banco Pactual in 1993, where he became a senior partner and executive committee member. He later served as Chief Executive Officer of UBS Pactual from 2008 to 2009. In 2018, Mr. Xavier became a fellow at Stanford’s Distinguished Career Institute (“DCI”) and has since become an investor board member and adviser at DCI in the topics of digital transformation, innovation, technology and social entrepreneurship. Mr. Xavier received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Universidade de Brasilia and completed his post-graduate studies in International Economics from Tohoku and Fukushima Universities in Japan. He also has a master’s degree in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird), USA.
Mr. Xavier’s significant financial experience, particularly in management and senior executive roles at large financial institutions make him a valuable member of our board of directors.
Marcos Peigo will serve as a director following the completion of this offering. Mr. Peigo has served as an Operating Partner of Digital Colony, a global investment firm, and Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Scala, the Latin American hyperscale data center platform of Digital Colony, since April 2020. Prior to this, Mr. Peigo was Vice President of Value Creation at IBM Latin America from 2018 to April 2020, and before that was the Chief Operating Officer at UOL Diveo Tecnologia Ltda. from 2012 to 2017. From 2004 to 2013, Mr. Peigo served as the Chief Executive Officer of Solvo Serviços de Informática S.A and from 2002 to 2007, he served as a Board Member of Automatos International Ltd. In 2014, Mr. Peigo founded Lemniscata Ventures, a privately held advisory and investment firm. Mr. Peigo studied Electrical Engineering and Economics at Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Sao Paulo.
Mr. Peigo’s significant experience in the technology and infrastructure-focused sector in Brazil will give our board of directors increased insight into broader industries when considering target business for our initial business combination.
Fábio Mourão will serve as a director following the completion of this offering. Mr. Mourão has been a partner at Principia Capital Partners Investimentos Ltda., a private equity firm operating in Brazil, since 2019. From 2004 to 2018, he worked at Credit Suisse Brazil where he held positions as Head of Execution, Head of Mergers and Acquisitions and Head of Investment Banking. Mr. Mourão served at Indosuez, an investment banking boutique in Brazil and in Switzerland, from 1996 to 2000. He began his career at J.P. Morgan in 2000 and at Goldman Sachs in 2001 in New York, as a summer associate at both firms. Mr. Mourão was also a Consultant at McKinsey from 2002 to 2004 advising clients in Germany, Italy and Portugal, and an Engineer in the mining and steel sectors for Magnesita in Brazil and Japan from 1993 to 1996. Mr. Mourão holds a BS in Metallurgical Engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He was a Fellow at Stanford University’s Distinguished Careers Institute in 2019.
Mr. Mourão’s significant experience across numerous sectors and industries and his managerial experience in the financial sector in Brazil make him a valuable addition to our board of directors.
Marco Kheirallah will serve as a director following the completion of this offering. Mr. Kheirallah has been the Principal Founder and Managing Partner at SIP Capital Fund since 2010. During that time, Mr. Kheirallah also served as the Chief Financial Officer at PDG Realty from 2012 to 2015. Prior to this, Mr. Kheirallah was a Partner, at Banco Pactual from 2001 to 2009 and at Banco Matrix from 1996 to 2001. Prior to this, he served as a Trader, at Banco Opportunity from 1994 to 1996 and at Banco BCN from 1992 to 1994. Mr. Kheirallah received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Fundação Getúlio Vargas, EAESP and serves a board member to a nonprofit dedicated to mental health issues, Instituto Ame Sua Mente.
Mr. Kheirallah’s significant experience across the finance and real estate industries in Brazil, including his executive experience in these industries will provide our board of directors with helpful insight when seeking a target business.
Salete Pinheiro will serve as a director following the completion of this offering. Ms. Pinheiro has more than 38 years of experience in the Brazilian corporate market, most recently as an Auditing Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1979 to 2018. From 1995 to 2008, Ms. Pinheiro became an executive member, responsible for human resources in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Rio de Janeiro office and then for operations in Northeast Brazil from 2003 to 2008. Ms. Pinheiro serves on the fiscal council at Petrobras Distribuidora S.A. (SAO: BRDT3) and on the audit committee at HDI Seguros. Ms. Pinheiro holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and obtained her MBA from IBMEC.
Ms. Pinheiro’s significant experience serving as an auditor for companies across many decades in a diverse array of industries in Brazil will make her a valuable member of our board of directors.