The Company´s executive officers have significant experience in the domestic and international passenger transportation industries, and we have been able to draw upon this extensive experience to develop our low-cost operating structure. The executive officers are responsible for our day-to-day management. The executive officers have individual responsibilities established in our by-laws and by our board of directors. The business address of each of our executive officers is the address of our principal executive offices.
Under our by-laws, we must have at least two and at most seven executive officers that are elected by the board of directors for a one-year term. Any executive officer may be removed by the board of directors before the expiration of his term. The current term of all our executive officers ends in March 2022.
The following table sets forth the name and position of each of our executive officers. A brief biographical description of each of our executive officers follows the table.
|Paulo Sergio Kakinoff||President and Chief Executive Officer|
|Richard F. Lark, Jr.||Executive Vice President, CFO and IRO|
|Eduardo José Bernardes Neto||Vice President - Sales and Marketing|
|Celso Guimarães Ferrer Junior||Vice President - Operations|
Paulo Sergio Kakinoff
Mr. Paulo Sergio Kakinoff joined the Company as Chief Executive Officer in July 2012, and served as an independent member of the Board of Directors from January 2010 to July 2, 2012. Mr. Paulo Kakinoff served as CEO of Audi Brazil until June 2012 and has been working in the automotive industry for 18 years, previously holding the positions of Sales & Marketing Director of Volkswagen do Brasil and Executive Director for South America at Volkswagen Group‘s headquarters in Germany, and was also member of the Board of Directors of Volkswagen Participações and Gol Linhas Aéreas S/A. He is currently an independent member of the Board of Directors of Porto Seguro S/A, of Vamos Locação de Caminhões, Máquinas e Equipamentos S/A, and also of Tembici Participações S/A. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Tembici Participações S/A. Paulo Kakinoff serves as a member of the Governance Council and the Political and Strategic Council of the non-profit organizations "Todos pela Educação" (focused on education), "Atletas pelo Brasil" (focused on sports), respectively. Holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie. Mr. Paulo Kakinoff is a member of the Company‘s People Management and Corporate Governance, Risk Policy, Financial Policy, and Affiliations Committees.
Richard F. Lark, Jr.
Mr. Richard Lark has served as the Company‘s Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Investor Relations Officer since July 2016. Mr. Lark has worked at Gol for 17 years. He was Chief Financial Officer from 2003 to 2008, and Member of the Board of Directors from 2008 to 2016. From 2000 to 2003, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Americanas.com, one of Brazil‘s leading e-commerce companies. Before joining Americanas.com, Mr. Lark worked in the investment banking segments of Morgan Stanley & Co., Citicorp, and The First Boston Corporation. Mr. Lark was a member of the Advisory Boards of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the Universidade de Notre Dame and the Associação Vida Jovem, and Chair of the American Society of São Paulo. He attended the Yale School of Management‘s Global Executive Leadership Program, holds a Master of Business Administration from UCLA Anderson School of Management, and bachelor‘s degrees in Business Finance and Economics and Philosophy from the Universidade de Notre Dame. Mr. Lark is also a member of the Company‘s Financial Policy and Risk Policy Committees.
Eduardo José Bernardes Neto
Eduardo Bernardes is GOL’s sales and marketing Vice President, responsible for sales and marketing strategy for all channels. Eduardo joined GOL at its founding in 2001 and has held positions in sales, marketing, distribution, yield management and business development. Mr. Bernardes served on the board of UATP, the global travel payment solution owned and operated by the world’s airlines, from 2009 to 2016. He has over 20 years experience in commercial aviation and worked for charter and private jet companies. Eduardo holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in foreign trade from the Ibero-American University.
Celso Guimarães Ferrer Junior
Mr. Celso Guimarães Ferrer Junior has been with Gol for 14 years and our vice president and chief planning officer from February 2015 to February 2019. Mr. Ferrer is now our Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He is also a pilot of Boeing 737-700 and Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft. Mr. Ferrer has a degree in economics from the Universidade de São Paulo, a degree in international relations from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo and a MBA from INSEAD.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of GOL is committed to providing general strategic guidelines and, among other duties, is responsible for defining the general policies of the business, electing the executive officers, and supervising their management. The Board of Directors is currently composed of seven members. The three Board members associated with the Audit Committee comply with the independence requirements of NYSE and B3’s Corporate Governance Level 2 Listing Regulations. The Board of Directors meets every quarter or whenever requested by the chair of the Board or by three Board members.
Pursuant to Brazilian Corporate Law, the members of the Board of Directors are prohibited from voting on any matter that cause a conflict of interest between them and the Company.
Members of the board of directors serve one-year terms, reelection being permitted. The terms of the current directors will expire in April, 2023. The Company´s by-laws do not provide for a mandatory retirement age for the Company´s directors.
The following table sets forth the name and position of each current member of the board of directors. A brief biographical description of each current member of the board of directors follows the table.
|Constantino de Oliveira Junior||Chairman|
|Joaquim Constantino Neto||Vice Chairman|
|Marcela de Paiva Bonfim Teixeira||Independent Director|
|Germán Pasquale Quiroga Vilardo||Independent Director|
|Philipp Schiemer||Independent Director|
Constantino de Oliveira Junior
He has served as the Company‘s Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company, holding both positions, from March 2004 to July 2012. Since 2001, Mr. Constantino Jr. has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Gol Linhas Aéreas S.A., holding the position of CEO of Gol Linhas Aéreas S.A. from 2001 to July 2, 2012. He established the concept of "low cost, low price" in Brazilian civil aviation and was nominated as "Executivo de Valor" in 2002 and 2001 by Valor Econômico newspaper, and "Executivo Líder" in the logistics sector in 2003 by Gazeta Mercantil newspaper. In 2008, he was awarded "Executivo Ilustre" in the Air Transport category at the GALA (Galería Aeronáutica Latinoamericana) awards, sponsored by IATA. From 1994 to 2000 he held the position of Director at Comporte Participações, a company managing several ground passenger transportation companies. He holds a bachelor‘s degree in Business Administration from the Universidade do Distrito Federal and attended the Executive Program in Corporate Management at the Association for Overseas Technical Scholarships. He is a member of the Company‘s Risk Policy Committee, Financial Policy Committee, and Affiliations Committee.
Joaquim Constantino Neto
Mr. Joaquim is a member Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Joaquim is a Board member since 2004 and has also been a member of the board of directors of GOL TRANSPORTES AÉREOS S.A. since 2001. In addition, he has held the position of Operating Director of Grupo Comporte, since 1994. From 1984 to 1990, Mr. Constantino Neto was responsible for Reunidas Paulista´s business. From 1990 to the current date, he has been Managing Director of Breda Serviços, a Road Transportation Company. Is also a member of the Board of Directors of Providência S.A.
Mr. Ricardo is a member of the Board of Directors since March 2004. Mr. Constantino has been a member of the board of directors of GOL TRANSPORTES AÉREOS S.A. since 2001. He has been the technical and maintenance officer of Grupo Comporte since 1994. Mr. Ricardo Constantino is a member of the Board of Directors of BR Vias S.A., of Valmari Desmocosméticos and of Global Aviation S.A. He is the managing director of Agrodiesel S.A., a company that provides supply support services to all companies of Grupo Comporte.
Marcela de Paiva Bonfim Teixeira
Mrs. Marcela de Paiva holds a degree in Business Administration from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais. She has a specialization in Management and Information Technology from the Instituto de Educação Tecnológica, a specialization in Finance from Fundação Dom Cabral, an MBA in Project Management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (Belo Horizonte/MG), an Executive MBA from Fundação Dom Cabral, extension at HEC Paris in Shaghai and is currently studying a specialization in Neuroscience and Behavior at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul. She was a member of the Fiscal Council at Transnorte Energia S.A. from 2012 to 2016. In her 19 years of experience, Mrs. Marcela worked at companies such as Usiminas and Alupar Investimento and is currently a member of the Fiscal Council of Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A.
Germán Pasquale Quiroga Vilardo
Mr. Quiroga has been an independent member of the Company‘s Board of Directors since 2016. He was founder and CEO of TV1.com, CIO and CMO of Americanas.com, CIO and CMO of Cyrela Brasil Realty, and founder, CEO and member of the Board of Directors of Pontofrio .com, Nova Pontocom, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Totvs and Camara-E.net and member of the Board of Directors of Abrarec and Fecomércio, and of several other e-commerce companies. He is currently founder and member of the Board of Directors of Cobasi Digital, and founder of OMNI55 Consulting. He holds a degree in Electronic Engineering from the Military Institute of Engineering (IME) and a master‘s degree in digital systems from the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo. Mr. Quiroga is a member of the Company‘s Statutory Audit Committee.
Mr. Bhargava is the Vice President, Global Alliances & Partnership of American Airlines since May 2021. Mr. Bhargava joined American Airlines in 2006 and has served as Managing Director of Joint Business & Alliances for Atlantic and Pacific Regions, Director for Joint Business Finance & Analytics, Manager Finance in the Strategic Alliances team and Senior Financial Analyst. Previously, Mr. Bhargava worked for a few years at AkzoNobel. In 2001, Mr. Bhargava graduated from RV Engineering College, Bangalore, India and, in 2006, obtained an MBA in Strategy & Finance from the University of Texas, Arlington, USA.
Mr. Philipp is President of Mercedes-Benz in Brazil and Latin America, and is currently taking a course at the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance (IBGC) to work as a Senior Board Member. He served as Vice Presidency for Product Marketing at Mercedes-Benz, in Stuttgart, Germany. From 2004 to 2009, he was the Vice President of Sales at Mercedes-Benz in Brazil. Philipp was also the president of SAE Brasil. He served as the Vice President of the German-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce between January and December 2018. In January 2019, he took office as the president of said Chamber. Philipp Schiemer has a graduate degree in Business Administration and a specialization degree in Marketing and Finance from Corporate University Mercedes-Benz AG, in Stuttgart.