Board of Directors
Rodrigo Calvo Galindo
Chairman of the Board
Rodrigo Calvo Galindo is the Chairman of our board of directors. Mr. Galindo is also the Chief Executive Officer of Cogna. He has served in the management of various educational institutions over the last 28 years. He was Administrative Associate Dean at the University of Cuiabá and was responsible for the accreditation and establishment of postsecondary education institutions in the states of Bahia, Mato Grosso, Amapá, Acre and Rondônia. He was Chief Executive Officer of Grupo Educacional IUNI, with over 50,000 postsecondary students and campuses in six Brazilian states. He was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Postsecondary Education Officer at Cogna Educação, formerly known as Kroton. Mr. Galindo holds a bachelor’s degree in Law and a Master’s degree in Education from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP). He published the dissertation “Public Assessment Policies: critical analysis of the model and perspective of representative associations” and co-authored the book “Public Assessment Policies”. He has been honored by IR Magazine for “Best investor relations performance by a CEO” (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017), by Institutional Investor for “Best CEO” (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017), by Istoé Dinheiro for “Entrepreneur of the Year” (2016), by Valor Econômico for “Best Company” (2014) and “Best Executive in the Education Industry” (2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017), and by Bravo Business Awards for “Dynamic CEO of the Year” (2015).
Chairman of the Board
Frederico da Cunha Villa
Frederico da Cunha Villa graduated in Accounting and Business Management, having taken the role of External Auditing, Corporate Planning, Merger & Acquisition and Capital Market Advice Manager at PWC. His latest position was Chief Financial and Investor Relations Officer for BRMalls.
Mário Ghio Junior
Mário Ghio Junior is a member of our board of directors. Mr. Ghio Junior is also our Chief Executive Officer and a Board member of several companies and non-governmental organizations, or NGOs dedicated to improving education in the public sector. He was Chief Executive Officer of Abril Educação (currently Somos Educação), has served as Director of Educational Support at Estácio, Director of educational platforms of the Santillana Group, General Director of the COC System, General Director of CPV Vestibulares and Chemistry Teacher of Anglo Vestibulares. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Chemical Engineering from Poli-USP and in Business Administration from Universidade Anhembi-Morumbi/SP, as well as an Executive MBA from INSPER.
Roberto Valério Neto
Roberto Valério Neto is a member of our board of directors. Mr. Valério also currently serves as Executive Officer of Cogna. Mr. Valério joined Cogna following the merger with Anhanguera in July 2014. He worked for three years at Anhanguera Educacional, holding the positions of Chief Executive Officer and Executive Officer for Operations and Marketing. Previously, he worked for 11 years in the DIRECTV Group, with the SKY and DIRECTV brands. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a graduate degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Strategy, Finance and Entrepreneurship from the Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), and graduate degree in Marketing and Customer Experience from Columbia University.
Andrés Cardó Soria
Andrés Cardó Soria is an independent member of our board of directors. Since 2018, Mr. Cardó is the Head of Prismapar in Spain, Senior Advisor of Corporate Vision and President of his own consulting firm, Andrés Cardó & Asociados, SLL. Mr. Cardó is and has also been in the past member of the board of directors of several companies in the UK, Peru, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, USA, Brazil and Bolivia. He has already served as an economics professor in Trener Academy, several consulting firms, Controller for Foreign Direct Investments in Petróleos del Perú, Lima-Perú, Controller and Responsible for Board of Directors Special Affairs in Grupo Hilados Peinados, Lima-Perú, Conroller Latam in Grupo Santillana, in Madrid, Spain, and Managing Director at Editorial Santillana in Bolivia. He later became Vice President for the Prisa Group in Bolivia, Managing Director at the Santillana Group, Managing Director at Editora Moderna from 2001 to 2010, Country Manager in Prisa Brazil and held other positions in the Prisa Group such as Chief Corporate Development, Marketing and Revenue Officer, Chief Operating Officer and International Managing Director, as well as Chief Executive Officer of Prisa Radio from 2015 to 2018. Mr. Cardó holds a Humanities Diploma from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, a Finances Diploma—Programa de Alta Dirección from ESAN, a bachelor’s degree in Economic Science from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and an MBA from IESE in Spain.
Member of the Audit Committee
Francisco Henrique Passos Fernandes
Francisco Henrique Passos Fernandes is an independent member of our board of directors. Mr. Fernandes was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers until 2002, Leader of the Tax Consultancy Division, Member of the Brazil Management and of the Politics for Latin America Committee. From 2002 to 2006, he was Executive Vice-President and Financial Director for Makro Asia, a distribution organization operating in six countries, with sales of US$2 billion. He is a member of the Fiscal Council and Audit Committee in private national companies, including Coordinator of the Audit Committee in Cogna. Mr. Fernandes holds an accounting degree from the Universidade de São Paulo.
Member of the Audit Committee
Ann Marie Williams
Ann Marie Williams is an independent member of our board of directors. Mrs. Williams is the chief operating officer at Creditas since 2016 and is also member of the board of Tiaxa since September 2012. She worked for more than three years as a member of the advisory group at Aliança Empreendedora, as well as partner at Redpoint Eventures for more than a year. She was the chief integration officer at Spring Mobile Solutions (April 2009—February 2010), chief executive officer at Okto (June 2000—March 2009) and consultant for government relations at Motorola (May 1998—June 1999). Mrs. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Stanford University and a Master in Business and Administration with emphasis in entrepreneurship from The University of Texas at Austin.