Directors and Management

Board of Directors

Name Office Beginning of Term End of Term
Peter Estermann
Board member April, 2021 2 Years

Peter Paul Lorenço Estermann is member of the Lavoro board of directors, a position he has held since April 2021. Mr. Estermann is a Partner at Patria and Chief of Portfolio Management of Value Creation Business for Latam strategies. He has over 40 years of professional experience, including 12 years in agribusiness, 10 years in the industry for the transformation of polymers, paper and cellulose, and refractory materials, 12 years in telecommunications and health services, and 6 years in retail. Previously, Mr. Estermann was the CEO of GPA (from April 2018 to November 2020), where he was responsible for the operations in the region, with over 100,000 employees and a revenue of R$60 billion. Mr. Estermann was also the Infrastructure and Strategic Development Officer of GPA from June 2014 to October 2015. Mr. Estermann has developed his career in different industries and the service sector, and in large and leading companies with different areas of expertise and differentiated in terms of technology, management models, and cultures. Mr. Estermann was CEO of Via Varejo S. A. (2015-2018, 2018-2019) and Vice-CEO and Chief Operating Officer of Medial Saúde (2006 – 2007). Mr. Estermann has held important positions in various European and Brazilian companies since 1981. Mr. Estermann holds a degree in Agronomy Engineering from the Federal University of Lavras – Minas Gerais and post-graduate studies from Harvard Business School (“Making Corporate Boards More Effective” – 2008, “Audit Committees in a New Era of Governance” – 2008 and “Program for Management Development/PMD” – 1999).

Ricardo Scavazza
Chairman April, 2021 2 Years

Ricardo Leonel Scavazza is the Chairman of the Lavoro board of directors, a position he has held since April 2021. Mr. Scavazza is a Managing Partner of Patria and is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investments Officer of Latin American Private Equity. Mr. Scavazza is responsible for all Latam Private Equity strategy at Patria. Before taking over as CEO and CIO for Private Equity Latam, Mr. Scavazza served as the Head of Private Equity Strategy in Brazil. Mr. Scavazza joined Patrimônio in 1999, became a Partner in 2005, and has worked on several new investments and acquisitions for the portfolio companies of Private Equity Funds I, II, III, IV and V. Mr. Scavazza held operating roles in several investments, including a tenure as Chief Executive Officer at Anhanguera between 2009 and 2013. He was Chief Financial Officer at DASA in 2001 and at Anhanguera Educacional from 2003 to 2006. Mr. Scavazza holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) and the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Scavazza also holds a Master’s in Business Administration and Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Daniel Fisberg
Board Member 2022 2 Years

Daniel Fisberg is a member of the Lavoro board of directors. Mr. Fisberg is a Managing Director & Investment Leader at Patria Investments and has been part of the Private Equity team since 2017, focusing on Agribusiness. Mr. Fisberg was Lavoro’s Chief Investment Officer, a position he held from August 2017 to January 2022, where he led more than 20 acquisitions, Prior to joining Lavoro, Mr. Fisberg was the head of M&A and corporate development for Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM:US), a Fortune 50 agribusiness powerhouse, in South America. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Fisberg served as head of M&A for Cielo (CIEL3), a leading financial services company in Brazil. Mr. Fisberg also acted as a management consultant for Roland Berger, a world-renowned consulting firm, with strategic assignments on three continents. Mr. Fisberg holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Universidade de São Paulo and an MBA from London Business School. Mr. Fisberg also spent a semester at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, focusing on venture capital and private equity investments.

Executive Officers

Name Office Beginning of Term End of Term
Ruy Cunha
CEO February 2022 2 Years

Ruy Cunha has served as Lavoro’s Chief Executive Officer, a position he has held since February 2022. Mr. Cunha joined Lavoro in January 2018, having served as Chief Transformation Officer of Lavoro Group until December 2019 and Chief Operating Officer until January 2021. Prior to joining Lavoro, from January 2013 to December 2017, Mr. Cunha was president of Santal Equipamentos S.A., and managing director for sugar cane equipment at AGCO Corp., a leading global manufacturer of agriculture equipment. From August 2010 to December 2012, Mr. Cunha served as director of strategy and integration for AGCO in South America. Prior to joining AGCO, Mr. Cunha was a management consultant at Booz & Company, an international consulting firm, and led the process engineering teams at General Motors of Brasil from 1997 to 2004. Mr. Cunha has a bachelor’s engineering degree from Instituto Mauá de Tecnologia, a specialist degree in business from Fundação Getulio Vargas and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Gustavo Modenesi
Chief Strategy Officer February 2022 2 Years

Gustavo Modenesi has served as Lavoro’s Chief Strategy Officer, a position he has held since February 2022. Mr. Modenesi has been working in Lavoro since its inception, having served as Chief Transformation Officer of Lavoro from June 2019 to January 2022. Prior to joining Lavoro, from 2015 to 2017, Mr. Modenesi worked at Patria, one of the leading firms in alternative asset management in Latin America, leading the transformation programs at Patria’s invested companies, as well as developing a new investment thesis for the agricultural sector. From 2007 to 2015, Mr. Modenesi worked at The Boston Consulting Group Company, a leading management consulting firm, with his latest role being the project manager. Mr. Modenesi holds an industrial engineering degree from the Universidade de São Paulo and an MBA with distinctions from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Laurence Gomes
CFO April 2021 2 Years

Laurence Beltrão Gomes has served as Lavoro’s Chief Financial Officer, a position he has held since April 2021. Prior to joining Lavoro, from 2013 to 2020, Mr. Gomes was chief financial and investor relations officer of Lojas Renner S.A., one of the largest Brazilian department store clothing companies. From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Gomes served as chief financial and investor relations officer of WEG S.A., an electrical engineering company. Prior to joining WEG, Mr. Gomes was chief financial and investor relations officer of SLC Agricola S.A., an agricultural producer company. Mr. Gomes holds an economics degree and a master’s degree in management from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul.

Marcelo Pessanha
CEO of Crop Care April 2022 2 Years

Marcelo Pessanha has served as Crop Care’s Chief Executive Officer, a position he has held since April 2022. Mr. Pessanha joined Lavoro in November 2019, having served as Crop Care’s business officer from November 2019 to April 2022. Prior to joining Lavoro Group, from June 2010 to November 2019, Mr. Pessanha served in various capacities at UPL Brasil, an agricultural solutions and agriculture technology company, including serving as Head of Business Unit F&V, Citrus and Coffee from April 2019 to November 2019 and Head of Business Unit Centro from April 2018 to November 2019, among other positions held at the company. Mr. Pessanha holds a degree in agronomy engineering and agriculture from Faculdade Dr. Francisco Maeda – FAFRAM (2007), an MBA from Fundação Dom Cabral (2017) and an MBA in marketing from Fundação Getulio Vargas (2012).

Karen Ramirez
CHRO February 2022 2 Years

Karen Christiane Ramirez Chaves de Mello is Lavoro´s Chief Human Resources Officer, a position she has held since February 2022. Before joining Lavoro, from 2020 to 2021, Ms. Mello was the business strategy, people, and culture director at Hospital Sírio Libanês, a healthcare company. From 2016 to 2020, Ms. Mello served as HR Director of Philip Morris International (PMI), a consumer goods/tobacco company. Before joining PMI, Ms. Mello was organizational and development head at Pepsico do Brasil Ltda., a consumer goods/foods company. Ms. Mello has a business administration degree from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais MG and a master of arts from London Metropolitan University.

Gustavo Ocampo
Head Lavoro LatAm August 2017 Indefinite Period

Gustavo Ocampo Duran has served as Head of Lavoro Latin America, a position he has held since August 2017. Prior to joining Lavoro, from 2005 to 2017, Mr. Ocampo was chief executive officer of Agrointegral Andina S.A.S., an agricultural input retailing company, belonging to Grupo Gral (which was acquired by Lavoro in 2017). From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Ocampo served as marketing manager of Syngenta, an agricultural science and technology company. Previously, from 1983 to 1990, Mr. Ocampo was the commercial manager of Procampo S.A., an agribusiness company. Mr. Ocampo holds an agricultural engineering degree from Universidad de Caldas and a business management postgraduate degree from Universidad de Los Andes.

Marcos Strobel
Chief Digital Officer December 2021 2 Years

Marcos Strobel has been Lavoro’s Chief Digital Officer since December 2021. He has over 34 years of experience in Technology and Digital Transformation, having worked in different segments such as Industrial Production, Consulting, Airlines and Retail. Prior to joining Lavoro, from 2020 to 2021, Mr. Strobel was Executive Director of Technology at DIA Brasil, a food retail company. In 2019, he worked at VIA, a non-food retail company, composed of the companies Casas Bahia and Ponto Frio, holding the position of Executive Director of Technology. From 2015 to 2018, Mr Strobel was Technology Director of Grupo Pão de Açucar, a food retail company. Additionally, he was Technology Director at Editora Saraiva between 2013 and 2015, and a long stint at LATAM Airlines between 1999 and 2013 as Head of Technology. Marcos Strobel holds a degree in Technology and Data Processing from Unesp/Fatec-SP, a Business Administration Certification from INSPER-IBMEC and a Digital Council from HSM Singularity.

Luiz Spinardi
Head of M&A January 2022 2 Years

Luiz Henrique Spinardi has been Lavoro’s Head of M&A, since January 2022, he joined Lavoro’s M&A team in September 2018. Mr. Spinardi has more than 17 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions having participated in more than 30 transactions in various sectors. He started his career at DGF Investimentos (2005), an alternative investment fund manager, where he was responsible for several direct investments and divestments in several sectors. Additionally, Mr, Spinardi worked at HSBC Investment Bank (2012), where he was involved in mergers and acquisitions, and equity and debt offerings. Prior to joining Lavoro, Mr. Spinardi worked at VGL Finanças (2014), an M&A boutique, where he led several transactions in the healthcare, food, and other sectors. Mr. Spinardi holds a degree in Business Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas and an MBA from the London Business School and a specialization in Private Equity and Venture Capital from the University of California, Berkeley.