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7 Questions with Marcio Guedes Pereira Junior

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7 Questions with Marcio Guedes Pereira Junior

Name: Marcio Guedes Pereira Junior

Current title: Board Member

Current organisation: JBS

Marcio is currently a partner at Pangea, a member of the Board of Directors of Ourofino Saúde Animal, Indústrias Romi, JBS and Melhoramentos, a member of Anbima's Capital Market Regulation and Best Practices Board having previously been a director association, as well as a certified board member by IBGC - Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance. Previously, he led the Investment Banking group at Banco J. Safra, and was director of investment banking at Credit Suisse, Citigroup and Unibanco. He has extensive experience in M&A and Capital Market transactions, including both debt and equity transactions. Marcio has a degree in Business Administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas and completed his MBA from FGV after studying at the Stern School of Business at New York University.

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1. What have you found most challenging as a board member?

Stay on top of the important issues for each of the companies I work with.

2. How did you become a board member? Can you please briefly tell the story?

To my first board position I was invited by the head of a large asset management group in Brazil who believed I could contribute to the board with my investment banking and capital markets experience

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

currently I have been working from home where I have an office space. I spent most of my time reading the companies materials, following market developments and participating on the companies meetings, both board and committees meetings and when possible I do some workout at the end of the day

4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?

It is not that recent, but my view is that the most important leadership lesson is to lead by example and really let people work, just providing guidance and discussing the results

5. What are some of the keys to doing governance well in a organisation?

Transparency is the most important aspect of a positive governance in any organization. In addition to that lack of conflict of interest is also fundamental for a strong governance.

6. How do you differentiate between the role of board member and the roles of CEO or executive team member of a organisation?

In my view the board should discuss and define issues related to strategy (short and long term), People (career, motivation and compensation) and performance. Management should have enough space to steer the company towards the defined strategy, making sure there is a positive environment and demonstrate leadership.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a board member so far?

A board member should never be guided by the opinion of others. You should have your own opinion even if it is not aligned with other members of the board. It is important to have in mind that you are responsible for your opinions and you should always vote on the best interest of the company and its shareholders as a whole.