Management

Senior Management

Our board of executive officers (diretoria) is responsible for managing and operating our business. We also have an advisory board that serves as an advisory body to support the decision-making process of our board of executive officers and our shareholders in supervising our business. We do not have a board of directors (conselho de administração).

BOARD OF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

Our board of executive officers is our executive management body. Our executive officers are our legal representatives and are responsible for our internal organization and day-to- day operations and the implementation of the general policies and guidelines established from time to time by our board of executive officers.

Under our bylaws, we must have a minimum of two and a maximum of eight officers, who may or may not be a shareholder. Any officer may be removed by the [vote of our shareholders at our annual shareholders’ meeting before the expiration of his/her term]. Our board of executive officers is currently comprised of seven members.

The following table lists the current members and a summary of the business experience, areas of expertise and principal outside business interests of our current board of executive officers:

Roberto Noronha dos Santos Chief Executive Officer (CEO)  

Mr. Noronha joined Unigel in 2018 as Chief Executive Officer, in his second term.

With 40 years of experience in the petrochemical industry, he worked at Unigel from 2004 to 2016, among other functions, as the Vice President of Operations, Mr. Noronha was also an executive at Dow Chemical (between 1976 and 2004) and, in recent years, served as General Director for South and Central Americas at SABIC.

He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Aeronautical Technological Institute (ITA), a degree in law from the University of São Paulo (USP), a postgraduate degree in business administration from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) and an advanced management from INSEAD.

 
Daniel Zilberknop Chief Financial Officer (CFO)  
Mr. Zilberknop joined Unigel in 2002 and has been our Chief Financial Officer since 2011. Mr. Zilberknop has more than 20 years of experience in finance management. He has held several different positions in our group, serving as controller and finance officer at Polo in 2002, finance officer at Unigel in São Paulo in 2005 and general manager at Unigel Mexico in 2011. He holds a business administration degree from Universidade Católica de Pelotas and a post-graduate degree in finance from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV). He also holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an executive MBA from Fundação Dom Cabral.  
Abraham Klip Moshinsky Strategy Executive Officer; CEO, Unigel Mexico  
Mr. Klip joined Unigel in 2015 as the Chief Executive Officer for our Mexican operations. He is also board member of the chemical company Oxiteno Mexico S.A. de C.V. since 2012. He has more than 35 years of experience in the chemicals industry. Prior to that, he held leadership positions at Industrias Bre S.A. de C.V., Pemex Petroquímica and Industrias Negromex S.A. de C.V., among others. He also served as a consultant for the Mexican Institute of Petroleum. Mr. Klip holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, in Mexico City, Mexico, and holds a Master of Science degree in engineering from the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Texas at Austin, in the United States.  
Wendel Oliveira de Souza Commercial Executive Officer  
Mr. Souza joined Unigel in 1994. He is currently our Commercial Executive Officer, a position he has held since 2015. He has held several different positions in our group, serving as executive officer for areas such as financial planning and controllership. He has 24 years of experience in the chemicals industry. Mr. Souza holds an accounting degree from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP), in Brazil, and is an MBA candidate from Instituto de Pesquisa e Ensino (Insper), in Brazil.  
Edson de Paiva Alves Industrial Executive Officer  
Mr. Alves started his professional career by joining Unigel in 1995, and accordingly has 23 years of experience in the chemicals industry. He is currently our Industrial Executive Officer, a position he has held since 2016. Prior to that, he has held several leadership positions, serving as executive officer for technology, projects and supply chain areas. Mr. Alves holds a chemical engineering degree from Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo (Poli-USP), in Brazil, and a master’s degree in energy from Universidade Salvador (UNIFACS) in Brazil.  
José Roberto Heleno de Marquis Industrial and Sustainability Executive Officer  
Mr. Marquis joined Unigel in 2001 and has been our Industrial and Sustainability Executive Officer since 2015. He has served in several production areas of the company, responsible for environmental, health and safety conditions in our operations. Prior to joining Unigel, he has worked for Dixie Toga. He has 22 years of experience in the chemicals industry. Mr. Marquis holds a chemical engineering degree from Faculdade de Engenharia Industrial (FEI), in the State of São Paulo, and specializations in environmental management and technologies, and industrial management, both from Universidade de São Paulo (USP), and in safety engineering from Universidade Santa Cecília (Unisanta), in Brazil. He also holds an executive MBA from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV).  
Daniel Scarmeloti da Fonseca Controllership and Financial Planning Executive Officer  
Mr. Fonseca joined Unigel in 2015 as our Controllership and Financial Planning Executive Officer. Prior to joining Unigel, he worked for Grupo Brasfanta as Corporate Controller and for 17 years for PricewaterhouseCoopers Brasil as audit senior manager, rotating in several areas. He also worked for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Auditores Independentes and Banco Bradesco. Mr. Fonseca holds an accounting degree from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP), in Brazil, and holds an executive MBA from the Brazilian Business School (BBS), in Brazil. He also obtained an IFRS certificate from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).  

 

ADVISORY BOARD

Our advisory board serves as an advisory body to support the decision-making process of our board of executive officers and our shareholders in supervising our business. Our advisory board is responsible for: (i) generating value to us, preserving our perpetuity, (ii) ensuring effective management of corporate risks, and (iii) contributing with independent assessments and recommendations that support the decision of our shareholders.

The members of our advisory board are selected among professionals with proven and relevant experience in the chemicals industry and are elected by our shareholders at our annual shareholders’ meeting. Any member may be removed by vote of our shareholders at our annual shareholders’ meeting before the expiration of his/her term. Our advisory board is currently comprised of five members.

The following table lists the current members and a summary of the business experience, areas of expertise and principal outside business interests of the current members of our advisory board:

Henri Armand Slezynger Founder and Chairman of the Advisory Board  
Mr. Slezynger is our founder and holds the control of Cigel Participações S.A., our direct controlling shareholder. Henri Slezynger has been a member of the Board of Directors of Abiquim since 1981, and Chairman of this Board from 2011 to 2015. Prior to founding Unigel, he held executive positions at Pfizer do Brasil, where he worked from 1959 to 1970, and served as vice-president of the Sindicato de Resinas do Estado de São Paulo, the association of resins producers in the State of São Paulo, Brazil. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and executive specialization courses from Carnegie Mellon University.  
Marc Buckingham Slezynger

Advisory Board Member

 
Mr. Slezynger has been a member of our advisory board since 2015 and is the vice-chairman of our advisory board. Prior to that, he held executive positions at our company, serving as an export manager (from 1993 to 1999) and finance executive (from 1999 to 2015). Marc is an entrepreneur, and is a shareholder of companies such as Spumapac, a packaging company, and Compostos Plásticos de Engenharia (CPE), a thermoplastic compounds company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and chemistry from Florida Institute of Technology and a corporate governance specialization from Instituto Brasileiro de Governança Corporativa (IBGC), a Brazilian corporate governance institute.  
José Matias Advisory Board Member  

Mr. Matias joined Unigel in 2019 as a member of our Advisory Board. Since 2018, he serves as managing partner at Mastersenso, a consulting firm based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Prior to joining Unigel, Mr. Matias served as chief executive officer of Latin America and as Coatis global business unit president at Solvay Group (2014-2018). From 2006 to 2011, Mr. Matias also served as chief procurement officer Rhodia Group, a position that he then held until 2013 at Solvay following its acquisition of Rhodia in 2011. He holds a degree in aeronautical engineering from Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica and a masters in finance from the University of São Paulo 

 
Ricardo Weiss Advisory Board Member  
Mr. Weiss has been a member of our advisory board since 2015. Mr. Weiss is a member of the board of directors of Brazilian industrial companies, such as Usiminas, Coteminas and Tupy, and was also member of the board of directors of companies such as Alcoa Latin America, Anglo American South America, Aracruz Celulose (now Fibria), among others. Prior to that, Mr. Weiss held executive leadership positions at Anglo American’s Base Metals division, Camargo Correa S.A. and Santista Têxtil, among others. He holds a civil engineering degree from Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo (Poli-USP), an executive MBA from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) and specializations from Harvard Business School and Insead. He also has a corporate director certification from Instituto Brasileiro de Governança Corporativa (IBGC).  
Weber Porto Advisory Board Member  

Mr. Porto has more than 30 years of experience in the chemicals industry sector. Mr. Porto has held several positions in the Evonik Degussa Group, one of the world’s largest specialty chemical firms and most recently was president of the Central and South American operations. He holds a degree in chemical engineering from FEI. 

(1) Will effectively assume a seat on our advisory board on October 1, 2019.

 

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