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Management and Board of Directors


The Management is responsible for practicing any acts necessary for executing the Company's corporate purpose, observing applicable law and the bylaws and for the resolutions taken at Meetings of Shareholders and of the Board of Directors. The current members of Sonae Sierra Brasil's Management are presented below:

Name Position Date of Election/Reelection Mandate term
José Manuel Baeta Tomás Chief Executive Officer June 04, 2014 June 03, 2017
Carlos Alberto Correa Executive and Investor Relations Officer June 04, 2014 June 03, 2017
Waldir Chao Executive Officer June 04, 2014 June 03, 2017

Click on the names of the executive officers to see their résumés:

José Manuel Baeta Tomás.

Mr. Baeta Tomás is chief executive officer. He was elected a member of the board of executive officers on October 21, 2009, investor relations executive officer on January 7, 2010 and chief executive officer on March 18, 2010. He joined the Sonae Group in 1982 and held a variety of positions within Sonae Distribuição in Portugal. In 1995 he was appointed to the Executive Committee of Sonae Distribuição, and was responsible for the acquisition of the Real Supermarket companies in the states of São Paulo, Paraná and Rio Grande do Sul, creating Sonae Distribuição Brasil. Since October 2009 he held the position of Deputy CEO of Sonae Sierra Brasil. He holds a degree in Finance from the Instituto Superior de Economia in Lisbon, received degree in Retail Marketing from the Management Center Europe in Oxford and his executive studies includes an Executive Program from the Michigan University.
Carlos Alberto Correa.

Mr. Correa is a member of the board of executive officers, elected on March 18, 2010, as investment relations officer, as of November 30, 2010. He joined Sonae Sierra Brasil in 2007 after more than 20 years of experience in the financial services sector (Visanet), airline transportation (Continental Airlines) and sugar and ethanol (Guarani). He holds a degree in accounting and a masters in business administration both from Universidade Mackenzie and has also completed specialization courses in executive finance from Fundação Getúlio Vargas and business administration from Fundação Dom Cabral and an Executive Education Program at Harvard University.
Waldir Chao.

Mr. Waldir Chao has a broad experience in the shopping centers and retail sectors, including 13 years in Iguatemi Group, ultimately as Director of Operations and General Manager. In Valddac Group (owner of such brands as Siberian and Crawford), he held the position of Business Director. His professional experience also includes companies such as Dupont and ELLUS. He holds a degree in Industrial and Management Engineering from Escola Politécnica, Universidade de São Paulo and an MBA in Management Information System and International Business from California State University, San Diego.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is composed of at least five (5) and at most ten (10) members, all shareholders, residents or non-residents of Brazil and elected by the Shareholders' Meeting. The directors may be removed by the Shareholders' Meeting at any time, with the Chairman selected from among the members. The current members of the Board of Directors of Sonae Sierra Brasil are:

Name Title Election/ Reelection date Mandate term
Fernando Maria Guedes Machado Antunes de Oliveira Chairman April 27, 2016 April, 2018
Pedro José D’Hommée Caupers Director April 27, 2016 April, 2018
José Edmundo Medina Barroso Figueiredo Director April 27, 2016 April, 2018
Alexander Otto Director April 27, 2016 April, 2018
Thomas Finne Director April 27, 2016 April, 2018
Volker Kraft Director April 27, 2016 April, 2018
Ruy Flaks Schneider Independent Director April 27, 2016 April, 2018

Click on the names of the board members to see their résumés:

Fernando Maria Guedes Machado Antunes de Oliveira.

Chairman of the board of directors since April 1, 2010. Mr. Oliveira joined Sonae Group in 1984 and went to Sonae Sierra in 1991. He was project manager of two awarded shopping centers: ViaCatarina and Centro Vasco da Gama. In 1999 he became responsible for the implementation of the development program for Sonae Sierra's shopping centers in Europe. In the last 12 months Fernando Oliveira was the Deputy CEO of Sonae Sierra and since April 2010 he has been the company's CEO responsible for Corporate Communication, Marketing and Innovation and Sustainability. Fernando Guedes Oliveira graduated in Civil Engineering from the University of Porto and has an MBA from ISEE. He also holds a degree in [AMD] from Harvard Business School, USA.

Pedro José D'Hommée Caupers.

Mr. Caupers is a member the board of directors since November 30, 2010. He joined Sonae Sierra SGPS in 1997 and was appointed administrator of Sonae Sierra SGPS SA in 1999, becoming responsible for administrating activities and rental properties in Europe. Beginning in April 2009, Mr. Caupers became responsible for Sonae Sierra's investment division. He serves as director of the companies that manage the Sierra Fund and the Sierra Portugal Fund, which are co-managed by Sonae Sierra. Mr. Caupers has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico, PhD is the Paris University and an MBA from INSEAD.

José Edmundo Medina Barroso Figueiredo.

Mr. Figueiredo has been a member of the board of directors since April 20, 2008. He joined the Sonae Group in 1989 as Financial Controller of the company's real estate activities, which later became Sonae Sierra SGPS. Mr. Figueiredo is currently the CFO of Sonae Sierra SGPS and a member of the Sonae Group's Finance Committee. His particular responsibilities include Internal Audit; Legal, Fiscal and Mergers & Acquisitions; Finance, Planning & Control and Back-Office. He holds a degree in Finance from the Lisbon School of Economics (ISCEF).

Alexander Otto

Alexander Otto is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ECE Projektmanagement GmbH & Co. KG since 2000, an international shopping mall development, property and management company, headquartered in Hamburg, Germany. Mr. Otto joined ECE in 1994, working on a variety of activities, until his appointment as CEO in 2000. Alexander Otto is also an Audit Board Member of Otto Group and DES Deutsche EuroShop AG, as well as an Advisory Board member of Peek&Cloppenburg KG at Düsseldorf. Mr. Otto is also the chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) Europe and is member of the Harvard Business School Foundation of Germany Council. Mr. Otto has a degree in international baccalaureate (IB) at Oxford, and also studied at Harvard University and at Harvard Business School.

Thomas Finne

Mr. Finne is General Director of KG CURA Vermogensverwaltung G.m.b.H. & Co., a real estate company established in Hamburg, Germany, which belongs to the Otto Family and manages assets in North America and Europe since 1992. Thomas Finne was also responsible for the controlling, budget, accounting and finances of Bernhard Schulte KG, a ship fleet owner and manager at Hamburg, Germany. Mr. Finne is also General Director of C.J. VOGEL Aktiengesellschaft fur Beteiligungen, a company engaged in the market of acquisition, management, and sale of shareholdings on companies and other organizations. Mr. Finne is also a member of DDR’s Board of Directors, in the USA. Thomas Finne has a business administration degree and received his doctorate degree at the International Tax Institute of the  University of Hamburg..

Volker Kraft 

Volker Kraft is General Director of ECE Real Estate Partners GmbH since 2008, an institutional platform for the management of the ECE Projektmanagement GmbH & Co. KG real estate fund, from Otto Group. Before joining ECE, Dr. Kraft was an Officer in Allianz Capital Partners GmbH, a private equity company, located in Munich, Germany, where he was a member of the management team and of the internal investment committee since 2001. During this time, Dr. Kraft acted as a member of the Advisory Board and Shareholders Committee of Bartec GmbH, Bad Mergentheim, an electronics components company, and as member of the Audit Board of Scandlines AG, Rostock, a ferry services company. Mr. Kraft is also a member of DDR’s Board of Directors, in the USA.

Ruy Flaks Schneider.

Mr. Schneider has been an independent member of the Company's Board of Directors since January 7, 2011. He has a degree in Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, with post-graduate studies in Engineering and Economics at Stanford University. Among other positions, Mr. Schneider has been Vice-President of Multiplan Group, Superintendent Officer of RENASCE - Rede Nacional de Shopping Centers and Vice-President of the Capital Markets division of Banco de Montrela S.A. Currently, besides being CEO of Schneider & Cia, a company specializing in corporate finance consulting, Mr. Schneider is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Agrenco do Brasil S. A., Agrenco Administradora de Bens S.A. and Agrenco Bioenergia Ltda., a member of the Board of Directors of Comunique-se Comunicação Corporativa S.A. and Avestro Produtos de Avestruz S.A, Chairman of the Fiscal Counsel of INB Industrias Nucleares do Brasil and member of the Fiscal Counsel of Unipar Participações S.A.