Person of the Year Awards

Person of the Year Awards

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The Person of the Year Awards Dinner, which has been organized annually by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. since 1970, honors two outstanding leaders (one Brazilian and one American) who have been particularly instrumental in forging closer ties between the two nations. Each year over 800 leaders from the international business, financial, and diplomatic communities convene in New York City at this traditional gala to pay tribute to the honorees.

The 2015 Person of the Year Awards Dinner will take place at the Waldorf=Astoria, New York City, on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Please call the Person of the Year Organizational Committee at (212) 698-8520 or email for further information on registration and sponsorship.

Rubens Ometto Silveira Mello Chairman of Cosan's Board of Directors and the company's controlling shareholder
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Rubens Ometto Silveira Mello is the Chairman of Cosan's Board of Directors and the company's controlling shareholder. He has more than 30 years of experience in managing large companies and in the administrative and financial areas. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Raízen and Comgás. Before joining Cosan, Mr. Mello worked as an advisor to the Executive Board of UNIBANCO (União de Bancos Brasileiros S.A.) from 1971 to 1973 and served as Votorantim's CFO from 1973 to 1980. He holds a degree in Mechanical Production Engineering from the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo (1972).

Sergio Marchionne Chief Executive Officer of Fiat S.p.A
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Sergio Marchionne leads Fiat S.p.A.'s 20-member Group Executive Council (GEC) and has been serving as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the GEC's NAFTA Regional Operations Group since 2011. The GEC is the highest executive decision-making body within Fiat outside of its Board of Directors. It is responsible for reviewing the operating performance of the businesses, setting performance targets, making key strategic decisions and investments for the Group and sharing best practices, including the development and deployment of key human resources. Previously, Marchionne was elected Chairman of CNH Global N.V. (April 2006) and CEO of Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A. (February 2005). He became CEO of Fiat S.p.A. in June 2004 and has been a member of the board since May 2003. Mr. Marchionne is also President of the Board of Directors of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA); member of the Board of Philip Morris International Inc. and of Exor S.p.A.; permament member of the Fondazione Giovanni Agnelli; member of the Board of the Peterson Institute for International Economics; Chairman of SGS S.A. headquartered in Geneva; and the Chairman of the Italian Branch of the Council for the United States and Italy. Mr. Marchionne holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Philosophy and minor in Economics from the University of Toronto; Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto; a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Windsor (Canada); an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Windsor (Canada) and Walsh College in Troy (Michigan); an honorary Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Toledo (Ohio) and in Science from the Oakland University in Rochester (Michigan). He also has a degree ad honorem in Industrial Engineering and Management from Polytechnic University in Turin (Italy)and in Economics from the University of Cassino (Italy); a Masters honoris causa in Business Administration from the CUOA Foundation (Italy); and also the honor of Cavaliere del Lavoro. Mr. Marchionne was born in Chieti, Italy, and has dual Canadian and Italian citizenship.

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