Luiz Augusto de Oliveira Candiota - Founding partner of Lacan Investimentos and manager of LACAN FLORESTAL
Founding partner of Lacan Investimentos, an asset management firm, Mr Candiota has been the Deputy Governor of Monetary Policy of the Central Bank of Brazil, a voting member of the Monetary Policy Committee and member of the National Monetary Council. He has also been CFO of Grupo Vicunha (one of Brazil’s largest industrial groups) and board member of CSN Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional. Prior to this, he held the Executive Director post at Citibank Brasil. Mr Candiota holds a Post-graduate degree in Financial Management from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from PUC-Rio de Janeiro. In addition to his activities at Lacan Investimentos, he is a member of Anbima’s Ethics Committee (Brazilian Association of Financial and Capital Markets Institutions).
José Maria de Arruda Mendes Filho - Partner and Head of Forestry
Mr. Mendes has actively participated as a partner of Lacan Florestal since 2009 and holds the position of Head of Forestry. He has previously been the Head of Forestry at Votorantim Celulose e Papel between 2004 and 2008 and held the position of Forestry Manager at the same company between 1992 and 2004. During this period he was in charge of 800,000 hectares of certified planted eucalyptus forests. He has also been Division Manager of Companhia Cimento Portland Itaú from Grupo Votorantim and a member of the forestry research team of Grupo Belgo Mineira. Over the years, Mr. Mendes has played an important role in the promotion of the forestry sector, having held the post of President of the Forestry Research and Studies Institute (IPEF) between 2005 and 2009, Board Member of the Rio Grande do Sul Association of Forestry Companies (AGEFLOR) and volunteer professor of the Forestry Engineering course of the Agronomy School of the University of São Paulo (ESALQ-USP), where he is currently a member of the board. He holds a Post-graduate and Bachelor’s degree in Forestry Engineering from the Agronomy School of the University of São Paulo (ESALQ-USP).
Guilherme Ferreira de Oliveira - Partner and Finance Director of LACAN FLORESTAL
Partner of Lacan Investimentos in charge of the structuring of alternative investment opportunities, he has previously been a consultant at INDG, one of Brazil’s top consulting firms founded by Mr Vicente Falconi, and Project Manager at BMI – Business Management Institute (incorporated by Totvs Group). He holds an MBA degree from F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, USA, and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mauá Engineering School. He holds the Manager Certification from ANBIMA (CGA).