Officers

Antonio Bonchristiano

Mr. Bonchristiano is a member of the board and CEO of GP Investments. He joined GP Investments in 1993 and has been a Managing Director since 1995. Prior to joining GP Investments, Mr. Bonchristiano was a Partner at Johnston Associates Inc., a finance consultancy based in London, and worked for Salomon Brothers Inc. in London and New York. Currently, he serves as a member of the boards of directors of AMBEV, San Antonio International, GP Advisors, Spice Private Equity and GP Investments Acquisition Corp. Mr. Bonchristiano is also on the board of several non-profit organizations, including: Fundação Bienal and Fundação Estudar in São Paulo, Brazil and John Carter Brown Library in Providence, RI, USA. Previously, he served as a member of the boards of directors of Allis, BHG, Estácio, BR Properties, LAHotels, Sé Supermercados, ALL, Kuala, CEMAR, ABC Supermercados, Gafisa, Hopi Hari, Submarino, Equatorial, Geodex Commumication, Trio Assessoria (holding Sascar), BR Malls, Tempo, Magnesita Refratários, and Playcenter. He was also previously the Chief Financial Officer of SuperMar Supermercados and Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Submarino. He was further vice-chairman of the board of directors of BR Properties, director of Geodex Communication, Contax Participações and IRO of ABC Supermarkets and GP Investments, Ltd.. Mr. Bonchristiano holds a bachelor’s degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Fersen Lambranho

Mr. Lambranho is a member of the board and Chairman of GP Investments. He joined the firm in 1998 and became a managing director in 1999. Prior to joining GP, Mr. Lambranho was CEO of Lojas Americanas, where he worked for 12 years and was a board member from 1998 to 2003. Currently, he is Chairman of the Board of Magnesita. He has served as chairman of the boards of Oi, Contax, Gafisa and ABC Supermercados. Mr. Lambranho serves on the boards of Centauro, GP Advisors, Spice Private Equity and GP Investments Acquisition Corp. He previously served on the board of BRMalls, San Antonio, Allis, Estácio, BRZ Investimentos, Tele Norte Leste Participações, São Carlos Empreendimentos e Participações, Playcenter, Shoptime, Farmasa, BR Properties and Americanas.com. He is a board member of several non-profit entities, such as Fundação Bienal de São Paulo e COPPEAD-UFRJ. Mr. Lambranho holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and a Msc degree in business administration from COPPEAD-UFRJ. He also completed the Owner President Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

Alvaro Lopes

Alvaro Lopes joined GP Investments in May 2012 as Chief Financial and Investor Relations Officer. He serves as a member of the board of directors of GP Investments, Wiz Soluções, BRZ and GP Advisors. Mr. Lopes previously served as CFO of Genesis Investments and as an advisor to Bac Florida Bank. He was also the CEO of Mercure Investments, senior vice-president of Prudential /Wachovia Securities and CEO, COO and EVP of Banco Bozano, Simonsen SA and its affiliates. Mr. Lopes holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Faculdade de Ciências Políticas e Econômicas do Rio de Janeiro and an MBA from COPPEAD-UFRJ.

Mara Elisa Pedretti

Ms. Pedretti joined GP in 1997 as a trainee and since 2001 has been head of the firm’s legal department, becoming a managing director in August 2008. She serves as a member of the board of directors of GP Advisors. Ms. Pedretti holds a bachelors’ degree in law (J.D), a post-graduation degree in corporate law from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, and an MBA in financial and capital markets from IBMEC (the Brazilian Capital Markets Institute). Ms. Pedretti is a member of the Brazilian Bar Association - OAB/SP, No. 168,570.

Danilo Gamboa

Mr. Gamboa joined GP in 2004 and has been a managing director since 2006. Prior to joining the firm, he worked for Submarino and Gradus Management Consultants. Currently Mr. Gamboa serves as a member of the board of directors of GP Investments, Centauro and Allis. He was previously a board member of Fogo de Chão, Tempo, Submarino, LAHotels, ALL, Leitbom, Hypermarcas and Gafisa. Mr. Gamboa holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of São Paulo and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Thiago Rodrigues

Mr. Rodrigues joined GP as an associate in 2006, became a managing director in August 2008 and is currently a member of the board of directors of Tempo and Magnesita. He was CFO and investor relations officer at Magnesita from 2009 to 2010, having previously served as the CFO of GP Investments and as a member of the board of directors of Allis and BR Properties. Prior to joining GP, Mr. Rodrigues worked for six years as a private equity associate at AIG Capital Partners, the emerging markets private equity arm of the American International Group, Inc. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of São Paulo.

João Junqueira

Mr. Junqueira joined GP Investments as an associate in 2008, serving as CFO and investor relations officer of the company before returning to the investment team in May of 2012 as officer. In 2014 he became a Managing Director of the company. He currently serves on the board of San Antonio Internacional and previously served on the board of BHG. Prior to joining GP Investments Mr. Junqueira worked for six years as a strategy consultant for Accenture. He holds a bachelor’s degree in materials engineering from the University of São Paulo and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business.

Rubens Freitas

Joined GP Investments in 2006 and became Managing Director in 2014. Over the past eleven years at GP, Mr. Freitas has participated in transactions totaling more than USD2 billion in numerous sectors, including real estate, consumer goods, telecom and insurance sectors. In 2009 and 2010, he worked as the Sales Officer and Financial Officer of Leitbom, a GP portfolio company at the time. Currently, Mr. Freitas is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of BR Properties and BHG - Brazil Hospitality Group and member of the Boards of Magnesita and EBAM - Empresa Brasileira de Agregados Minerais. Previously, he was a member of the Board of Directors of BR Properties, Gafisa, Telemar, Contax and Tempo Participações. Before joining GP, Mr. Freitas was a consultant at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants during five years. He is a Mechanical-Aeronautics Engineer, graduated from ITA, with MBA with Honors from Harvard Business School.

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