Team

Thomas Ahlgrimm

BSc in Mechanical Engineering (projects and production) Mackenzie University (São Paulo) and MBA from Fundação Getulio Vargas (São Paulo)

BSc in Mechanical Engineering  Mackenzie University (São Paulo) and MBA from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (São Paulo); specialized in Material Handling Equipment (both Systems and Products) and High Pressure Die Casting for non-ferrous metals ; over 35 years of experience in General Management Industrial  Segments , having worked for multinational Groups such as MUNCK (Norway) ; DEMAG (Germany) , STAHL (Germany) and OSKAR FRECH (Germany) . Currently working as independent consultant for Material Handling Equipment and High Pressure Die Casting Cells. Fluent in Portuguese, English, German and Spanish.

 

Peter Baines

Production Engineer. Vast experience with Industrial and Production Projects.

BSc(Hons) in Production Engineering from the University of Salford, Greater Manchester,UK. Over 40 years experience in Industrial and Project Management,local and multinational      companies. Reckitts (Atlantis do Brasil), production of domestic cleaning products (Veja), three-piece tin can manufacture, and Gerber Baby Food installation. Fleischmann Royal ,yeast,  biscuits “OREO” (Nabisco),and condensed milk (Leite Gloria) projects. Ondalit, manufacture of bitumen and elastomer  based waterproofing materials, and anticorrosives. Agropecuaria Salta, certified cattle breeding for commercial crossbreeding and seed stock. At present industrial and project independent consultant. Fluent in English and Portuguese.

 

Phillip Blackaby

BSc in Business Administration from Salisbury State University of Maryland

BSc in Business Administration from Salisbury State University of Maryland. Has 15 years in financial and general management experience in a Telecommunications company manufacturing equipment and integrating software. During the past 10 years (currently), working as an independent land and project developer of wind and solar farms in the Northeast of Brazil.

 

Anthony Davies

Graduated in business administration from Buenos Aires University

Graduated in business administration from Buenos Aires University and post graduated from the GM Management School, Michigan. After an initial 7 years  working in marketing for ICI spent the following 36 years with GM‘s manufacturing division in Brazil and Latin America, working in strategic and financial  planning at manager and director level. Fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

 

Andy Noble

Graduated in hotel management and business studies from Leeds University (UK) and post graduated in hospitality marketing from Cornell University (USA)

Graduated in hotel management and business studies from Leeds University (UK) and post graduated in hospitality marketing from Cornell University (USA). Over 30 years’ experience in catering and hotel management in Europe, Latin America and Brazil at manager and director level for multinational organizations, including major start-ups in Brazil for TGI Fridays and Planet Hollywood. Last 10 years spent working in entertainment, sportswear and gaming sectors as well as an independent hotel consultant. Native English speaker and fluent in Portuguese.

 

Derrick Marcus

Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants (FCA) and OBE. Over 40 years financial experience initially with Deloitte Haskins and Sells (Brazil)

Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants (FCA). Over 40 years financial experience initially with Deloitte Haskins and Sells (Brazil), followed by senior financial and administrative positions with Souza Cruz (BAT) and Souza Cruz diversifications in Brazil including fruit processing, supermarkets, fruit juices and BOPP film. Was instrumental in both the purchase and subsequent sale of the supermarket division. Responsible also for joint venture projects and negotiations involving the setting up and administration of the first bi-axially oriented polypropylene plant in Brazil and subsequent divestment. Fluent in English and Portuguese.

 

Michael Pryor

Professional experience in administrative-financial management, family governance, web design and internet communication matters.

BA in economics from Haverford College, Pennsylvania and MSc in operational research from Imperial College, London. Over 35 years’ experience as financial executive in the Bunge Group including CFO of the chemical and mining division and Global Director of the internal audit function. Currently a consultant for high net worth individuals on investment planning, company restructuring and problems of family succession. Member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners). Also fluent in Spanish.

 

James A. Semple

Experience in private wealth management at Merril Lynch, Prudential and Wachovia.

Experience in auditing, followed by trading as a floor broker at the São Paulo Stock Exchange. Cotton trading for Dunavant/McFadden, futures commodity trading at Merrill Lynch, private banking and wealth management at Prudential Securities and Wachovia Securities.

 

Richard Stevens

LLB law degree from Edinburgh University and OBE. Has 20 years sales, marketing and general management experience in textiles and domestic appliance controls. Owned a Brazilian consultancy company.

LLB law degree from Edinburgh University, and OBE (awarded by HM Queen Elizabeth in 1991). Has 20 years sales, marketing, general management and board experience in textiles and domestic appliance controls in the UK, Austria, Congo and Brazil, followed by 17 years in his own business consultancy in Brazil doing work for a wide variety of organisations including the Economist Intelligence Unit and British Standards Institution. In the past 14 years, involvement in the marketing of a leading Scotch whisky brand, and then the running of the local subsidiaries of a British mining exploration company. Past Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Brazil. Fluent in English and Portuguese; less than fluent in German and French.

 

John D. Semple

40 years of experience in the Brazilian insurance marketplace

40 years of experience in the Brazilian insurance marketplace with extensive knowhow in placements for property and casualty insurance programmes for national and multinational businesses. Experienced 5 years as General Manager, administrating a Brazilian subsidiary of an U.S. Insurance Brokerage company with extensive global reach.

 

David Williams

BSc in production and mechanical engineering from the City University, London

BSc in production and mechanical engineering from the City University, London and Certified Engineer in the UK (C.Eng). More than 35 years industrial and general management experience in Brazil in the manufacture of telecommunications equipment, industrial controls and domestic appliance controls in major multinational companies such as Invensys PLC.