Executive Officers and Board of Directors
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 April 2024.
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.
|Celso Guimarães Ferrer Junior||President and Chief Executive Officer|
|Mario Tsuwei Liao||Executive Vice President, CFO and IRO|
|Carla Patrícia Cabral da Fonseca||Vice President Director & CCO|
Celso Guimarães Ferrer Junior
Mr. Celso Ferrer assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Company in July 2022. He has been with the Company for 17, years and served as Vice President and Chief Planning Officer from February 2015 to March 2019, where he moved to the position of Vice President of Operations, until June 2022. He is also a pilot of the Boeing 737-700, Boeing 737-800 Next Generation, and Boeing 737-8 Max aircraft. Mr. Celso holds an MBA from INSEAD, a BA in Economics from the University of São Paulo, and a MBA in International Relations from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo.
Mario Tsuwei Liao
Mr. Mario T. Liao, has been the Company‘s Chief Financial and Investor Relations Officer since May 2023, having served as GOL‘s Corporate Finance Executive Officer since 2016. Mr. Liao has worked at GOL since 2005, having held leadership roles in the areas of financial planning, controller, treasury, risk, corporate finance and investor relations. He holds a bachelor‘s degree in Business Administration from Universidade Mackenzie, a postgraduate degree in Corporate Finance from Fundação Instituto de Administração (FIA) and an MBA in Business Management from Fundação Dom Cabral, and several specializations in derivative instruments management. Mr. Liao is a member of the Financial Policies Committee, Risk Committee and Accounting, Tax Policies and Financial Statements Subcommittee of the Company.
Carla Patrícia Cabral da Fonseca
Carla Fonseca is Vice-President Director (CXO), CEO of the Smiles business unit and CCO (Chief Commercial Officer). She has been with the Company for 8 years, having worked as the person responsible for the Products and B2C Sales Channels area and as Director of the Smiles Argentina branch. Before joining the Company, she had important stints in the financial market, working for 10 years at Credicard and Citibank. Carla has a degree in Marketing and an MBA in Business Management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV).
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 nine 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, 2024. 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|
|Ricardo Constantino||Board Member|
|Adrian Neuhauser||Board Member|
|Richard Freeman Lark, Jr.||Board Member|
|Anmol Bhargava||Board Member|
|Marcela de Paiva Bonfim Teixeira||Independent Board Member|
|Germán Pasquale Quiroga Vilardo||Independent Board Member|
|Philipp Michael Schiemer||Independent Board Member|
Constantino de Oliveira Junior
Mr. Constantino de Oliveira Junior became CEO of Gol in 2001 and in 2004 he became a member of the Board of Directors, accumulating both positions until 2012. Also in 2004, he debuted the company‘s shares traded at the São Paulo Stock Exchange (BOVESPA) – GOLL4 and at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) – GOL. In 2012 he took over as Chairman of the Board of Directors, a position he currently holds. He is a member of the Company‘s Corporate Governance and People, Alliances and Safety Committees. Since 2013 when he held the IPO (Initial Public Offering) of Smiles Fidelidade S.A, Constantino Junior has also been Chairman of the Board of Directors until the reincorporation of Gol in August 2021. He introduced the concept of “low cost, low fare” in Brazilian civil aviation and was chosen as “Executive of Value” in 2001 and 2002 by the newspaper Valor Econômico, and as “Leading Executive” in the logistics sector in 2003 by the newspaper Gazeta Mercantil, and in 2008, he was named “Illustrious Executive” 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 that controls several ground passenger transportation companies. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors. He is one of the founders of the ABRA Group and currently serves as CEO. He studied Business Administration at the University of the Federal District and participated in the Executive Program in Corporate Management at the Association for Overseas Technical Scholarships in Yokohama, Japan.
Joaquim Constantino Neto
Mr. Joaquim has been Vice-Chairman of the Company‘s Board of Directors since 2004. Additionally, he held the position of Chief Operating Officer of the Comporte Group from 1994 to 2012. From 1984 to 1990, Mr. Joaquim Constantino Neto was in charge of Reunidas Paulista‘s operations. From 1990 to 2012 he was General Director of Breda Serviços (currently Viação Piracicabana S/A), a road passenger transportation company. He participated in the administration of the CMP Group, which manages 2 thousand buses in the region of Paraná and São Paulo from 1997 to 2021, as a member of the Board of Directors or Executive Board. Since 2006 he has been a member of the Board of Expresso Itamarati S/A. In addition, he is currently a Board member of BR Mobilidade Baixada Santista SPE S/A, Comporte Participações S/A, Viação Piracicabana S/A, and Nossa Senhora da Penha S/A.
Mr. Ricardo has been a member of the Company‘s Board of Directors since March 2004. Additionally, he held the position of Technical and Maintenance Officer of the Comporte Group from 1994 to 2012. Mr. Ricardo Constantino is a member of the Board of Directors of Via Rondon S.A., since 2010. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Expresso Itamarati S/A since 2006. In addition, he is currently a Board member of BR Mobilidade Baixada Santista SPE S/A, Comporte Participações S/A, Viação Piracicabana S/A, and Nossa Senhora da Penha S/A.
Mr. Neuhauser serves as Avianca‘s President and CEO since 2021, after joining the company as its CFO in 2019 and leading its restructuring process. He has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry with a focus on investment banking, as well as extensive experience working with transportation companies, including airlines, railroads and carriers. Prior to joining Avianca, Mr. Neuhauser was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse, dealing with airlines throughout the Americas. In addition, he held senior positions at Deutsche Bank, Bank of America, as well as Merrill Lynch, where he was responsible for M&As and capital markets transactions in Chile and the Andean Region. Mr. Neuhauser holds a degree in Economics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Chile.
Richard Freeman Lark, Jr.
Mr. Richard F. Lark, Jr. is a member of the Company‘s board of directors and has served as the Company‘s Vice President of Finance and Investor Relations since July 2016. Mr. Lark has worked at Gol for 20 years. He was Chief Financial Officer from 2003 to 2008, and a 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. Prior to joining Americanas.com, Mr. Lark worked in the investment banking divisions of Morgan Stanley & Co., Citicorp and The First Boston Corporation. He was a member of the Advisory Boards of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Vida Jovem Association and IBAGEN, and President of the American Society of São Paulo. He has participated in the Oxford Management and Leadership Program and the Yale School of Management‘s Global Executive Leadership Program, holds a Master of Business Administration from UCLA Anderson School of Management, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Business Finance and Economics and Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Lark is a member of the Financial Policy Committee, the Risk Committee, the Corporate Governance and People Committee, and the Company‘s Security Committee.
Mr. Anmol Bhargava has been a member of our board of directors since 2022 and vice president of global alliances and partnerships for American Airlines since May 2021. Mr. Bhargava joined American Airlines in 2006 and has served as managing director of joint business and alliances for the Atlantic and Pacific regions, chief financial officer of Joint Business and Analytics, financial manager of the strategic alliances team and senior financial analyst. Previously, Mr. Bhargava worked at AkzoNobel. In 2001, Mr. Bhargava graduated from RV Engineering College in Bangalore, India, and in 2006 he earned a master‘s degree in business administration in strategy and finance from the University of Texas.
Marcela de Paiva Bonfim Teixeira
Ms. Marcela de Paiva Bomfim Teixeira has been a member of our board of directors since 2022. She holds a bachelor‘s degree in business administration from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, a specialization in Information Management and Technology from Instituto de Educação Tecnológica, a specialization in Finance from Fundação Dom Cabral, and a master‘s degree in Business Administration with a focus on project management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas. She was a member of the supervisory board of Transnorte Energia S.A. from 2012 to 2016. Ms. Teixeira holds an executive master‘s degree in business administration from Fundação Dom Cabral. She conducted an extension at the HEC Paris Shanghai Module. In her 22 years of experience, Ms. Teixeira has passed through companies such as Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais S.A. – Usiminas and Alupar Investimento S.A. and was previously a member of our fiscal council for four years.
Germán Pasquale Quiroga Vilardo
Mr. Germán Pasquale Quiroga Vilardo has been a member of our board of directors since 2016. He was founder and CEO of TV1.com, chief information officer and chief marketing officer of Americanas.com, chief information officer and chief marketing officer of Cyrela Brasil Realty and founder, CEO and member of the board of directors of Pontofrio.com, Nova Pontocom and several other e-commerce companies. He is a member of the board of directors of Centauro, C&A, Kalunga, Ammo, Stefanini, Votorantim, Servimed, TV1, G2D Investments and HiPartners. He is also a founding board member of Cobasi Digital and was the founder of OMNI55 Consulting. Mr. Quiroga holds a degree in electronic engineering from the Military Engineering Institute and a master‘s degree in digital systems from the Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo (USP).
Philipp Michael Schiemer
Mr. Philipp Schiemer joined our board of directors in April 2020. Mr. Schiemer is currently Senior Vice President at Mercedes-Benz AG responsible for Top Customer Relations. He was previously CEO of Mercedes-AMG and President of Mercedes-Benz Brazil and Latin America and is certified as a senior advisor to the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance. He was Vice President of Product Marketing for Mercedes Benz in Stuttgart, Germany. From 2004 to 2009, he was Vice President of Sales for Mercedes-Benz do Brasil. He was also president of the SAE Brazil congress and served as vice president of the Brazil-Germany Chamber of Commerce from January 2018 to December 2018, and in January 2019, he assumed the position of president. Mr. Schiemer studied business administration with a specialization in marketing and finance at Corporate University Mercedes-Benz AG in Stuttgart, Germany.