SAO PAULO – GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. – Brazil’s largest air transportation and travel services group, with annual revenues of R$10 billion, announced the nomination of new board members and Richard Lark‘s election as its Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Investor Relations Officer. Edmar Prado Lopes Neto, who held these functions since 2012, will take on new challenges within the Group after the transition is completed.
Richard led these functions from April 2003 to June 2008, a period of shareholder value creation during which GLAI grew to more than 100 aircraft and annual revenues of over R$6 billion, went public in a simultaneous listing on the BM&FBOVESPA and the NYSE, raised US$2 billion in long-term financing and effected the acquisition of Varig’s passenger transportation and Smiles loyalty program operations. Since June 2008 he has been part of GLAI’s Board of Directors and led a private equity investment firm, managed and restructured companies, and acted as board member of various private and public enterprises. Previously, Richard was the founding director and CFO of Americanas.com and an executive of investment banks Morgan Stanley, Citicorp and First Boston.
GLAI initiated a financial and operational restructuring plan in mid-2015 in response to the challenges posed by the Brazilian macroeconomic scenario. With the advances in operational efficiency, this plan is in final stages of implementation. “Richard has overseen the various stages of our restructuring plan and has accepted the invitation to contribute more decisively to the Group’s value creation efforts, GLAI’s recapitalization process and its resumption of profitable growth. We continue improving the allocation our talents and will soon announce Edmar’s new challenges within the Group once the transition is completed”, said Paulo Kakinoff, GLAI’s CEO.
In compliance with the Group’s corporate governance practices, Richard leaves his positions as GLAI’s board independent member and as financial expert of the Audit Committee. The Financial Policy and Risk Policies Committees will continue under the leadership of Richard. Henrique Constantino also leaves his position at the Group’s Board of Directors.
Andre Janszky has been nominated to assume Richard’s seat on the board. Andre is a corporate lawyer with degrees from NYU and Fordham Law School, is the managing partner of the Sao Paulo office of the international law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, and also leads the activities of the firm in Latin America. Andre is cited by industry journals as one of the leading US lawyers practicing in Brazil, and has extensive experience in capital markets financings, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and other corporate transactions.
Anna Luiza Constantino has been nominated to replace Henrique on the board. Anna is a financial analyst with a BS degree in finance from the University of Central Florida. She works in analysis and research at Bloomberg Intelligence in New York and she has worked in finance and control at Lockheed Martin. The appointed new board members, Andre Janszky and Anna Luiza Constantino, shall be elected at GLAI’s Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to be convened in due course.
In April 2016, German Quiroga joined GLAI’s Board of Directors, bringing over 25 years of experience in marketing and technology. He has a degree in electrical engineering from the Instituto Militar de Engenharia (IME) and a master’s degree in digital systems from the Escola Politecnica of USP. German was founder, CIO and CMO of Americanas.com, CIO and CMO of Cyrela, and founder, CEO and member of the Board of Directors of Pontofrio.com, e-platform, e-hub, Nova Pontocom and Cnova. At Cnova he led the company’s IPO on NASDAQ. He is currently Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Totvs.
Constantino de Oliveira Junior, Chairman of GLAI’s Board, commented “we are injecting new blood in our board and strengthening its composition with professionals with extensive, diverse and complementary experience. We are convinced that this will lead us to an even higher level of value creation for our shareholders”.
Andre Janszky shall take in addition to the independent director seat, Richard’s position on the Audit Committee. Thus, this Committee will then have Antonio Kandir, German Quiroga and Andre Janszky as its members.