Management

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for establishing our general business policies, long-term strategy and monitoring our board of executive officers, among other responsibilities. According to our bylaws and Brazilian Corporate Law, our board of directors has strategic, monitoring and supervisory responsibilities and does not have executive activities.

The Board of Directors must be comprised of a minimum of four members and a maximum of nine members. The board of directors consists of seven  members elected to two-year terms at our general shareholders’ meeting and re-election is permitted. The Novo Mercado regulation require that at least 20% of our directors be independent. In addition to the responsibilities provided under the applicable law, the Board of Directors follows the provisions of the bylaws and its internal regulation.

Marcel Sapir - Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mr. Sapir holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, or PUC/Rio, and a master’s degree in finance from PUC/Rio. He has broad professional experience in the retail business, serving or having served as member of the board of directors of Tecnisa, since 2020; Profarma Distribuidora de Medicamentos, since 2018; Saraiva Livreiros e Editoras, from 2012 to 2015; Grupo Dimed, from 2010 to 2016; Ponto Frio, from 2009 to 2010; and H.Stern Joalheiros, from 2005 to 2008. Marcel Sapir received a certification for the role of director from the Brazilian Corporate Governance Institute (Instituto Brasileiro de Governança Corporativa).

Roberto Luiz Jatahy Gonçalves - Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mr. Gonçalves holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Cândido Mendes University (Universidade Cândido Mendes) in Rio de Janeiro, and co-founded Animale with Ms. Claudia Jatahy Gonçalves in 1991. In 2010, he directed the process of Animale’s acquisition of its equity stake in Farm, which led to the creation of Grupo Soma. He has been the Chief Executive Officer since then. Mr. Gonçalves is a member of the brand committees of each of our brands.

Marcello Bastos - Director

Mr. Bastos holds a degree in Business Administration from Santa Úrsula University (Universidade Santa Úrsula) and a post-graduate degree in Retail Management from Centro Universitário in Rio de Janeiro. He is the co-founder of Farm and Fábula, brands that have contributed significantly to our growth since 1997. He has been an executive of the company since 2010, also acting as Executive Officer of the Farm and Fábula brands.

Rachel de Oliveira Maia - Independent Director

Mrs. Rachel Maia holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Centro Universitário FMU, an MBA in Finance, People and Leadership from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), concluded the Negotiation and Leadership course at the Harvard Business School through the Executive Education Program and  the general management training at the University of Victoria, Canada. Rachel Maia was CFO of Tiffany between 2005 and 2008, having worked as CEO between 2005 and 2006, was CEO of Pandora between 2010 and 2018 and CEO of Lacoste between 2018 and 2020. She is founder and CEO of RM Consulting, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Unicef and Ambassador of Projeto Guri.

Maria Laura Tarnow - Independent Director

Graduated in communication from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) (1992), with a postgraduate degree in Marketing Administration from FAAP (1995), she participated in the management development program at FGV-SP (2002) and the Executive Program in Strategy and Organization by Stanford University (2005). He has extensive experience in the executive branch. She held the position of marketing director at NIVEA Brasil between 2005 and 2010, marketing director at Flora Industria e Comercio between 2013 and 2015, accumulating a total of 20 years as an executive in different categories of the cosmetics industry. He is general manager of Estée Lauder (2015-present).

Igor Chalhub de Abreu Lima - Independent Director

Mr. Lima has a bachelor’s degree in Production Engineer in PUC-RJ, with MBA in COPPE-UFRJ. Mr. Lima has more than 10 years of experience in companies’ analysis. Mr. Lima was founding partner of Archipelago Partners, partner in Pollux Capital and, currently, is analyst chief in Opportunity.

Edison Ticle de Andrade Melo e Souza Filho - Independent Director

Mr. Souza Filho holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from FGV-SP (1996 -1999) and a Master’s degree in Finance and Economics from FGV-SP (2004-2006). He has extensive experience in the retail business, serving as CFO and IRO – Chief Financial and Investor Relations Officer – at Minerva SA (2009-2018). Appointed by Institutional Investor magazine among the 3 best CFOs in Latin America in the “Food and Beverages” segment – Buy side and Sell side – in the ranking for the years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2019.

Risk, Audit and Finance Committee

The Company’s Risk, Audit and Finance Committee is an advisory body established by the Board of Directors, pursuant to our bylaws, comprised by a minimum of three members elected by the board of directors. At least one of these members must be an independent director and at least one member must have recognized experience in corporate accounting matters. The main purpose of our risk, audit and finance committee is to express an opinion on the engagement and removal of our independent auditors; evaluate our financial statements and interim financial information; and evaluate, monitor and recommend to our management any improvements to our internal policies. The internal regulation of this Committee was approved by the Board of Directors.

Edison Ticle de Andrade Melo e Souza Filho - Committee Coordinator

Mr. Souza Filho holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from FGV-SP (1996 -1999) and a Master’s degree in Finance and Economics from FGV-SP (2004-2006). He has extensive experience in the retail business, serving as CFO and IRO – Chief Financial and Investor Relations Officer – at Minerva SA (2009-2018). Appointed by Institutional Investor magazine among the 3 best CFOs in Latin America in the “Food and Beverages” segment – Buy side and Sell side – in the ranking for the years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2019.

Marcel Sapir

Mr. Sapir holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, or PUC/Rio, and a master’s degree in finance from PUC/Rio. He has broad professional experience in the retail business, serving or having served as member of the board of directors of Tecnisa, since 2020; Profarma Distribuidora de Medicamentos, since 2018; Saraiva Livreiros e Editoras, from 2012 to 2015; Grupo Dimed, from 2010 to 2016; Ponto Frio, from 2009 to 2010; and H.Stern Joalheiros, from 2005 to 2008. Marcel Sapir received a certification for the role of director from the Brazilian Corporate Governance Institute (Instituto Brasileiro de Governança Corporativa).

Mauro Moreira

Mr. Moreira was a partner at Ernst &Young from 2002 to 2020. Before that he worked at Arthur Andersen from 1980 to 2002, having been a partner there from 1996 to 2002. Mr. Moreira is a member of the board of directors of Wilson Sons since 2020.

 

Executive Officers

The Board of Executive Officers may be comprised by a minimum of two members and a maximum of seven members elected by the board of directors, and may be dismissed by the board of directors at any time. The Board of Executive Officers is responsible for the administration of our general business and is allowed to perform all acts necessary or expedient for our business, except for those that by operation of law or the bylaws are exclusively given to the shareholders or board of directors. Executive officers may carry out all transactions and perform all acts required in the ordinary course of our business and, subject to our bylaws and to the internal regulation, they have the authority to perform certain acts and conduct general business.

Roberto Luiz Jatahy Gonçalves - Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Gonçalves holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Cândido Mendes University (Universidade Cândido Mendes) in Rio de Janeiro, and co-founded Animale with Ms. Claudia Jatahy Gonçalves in 1991. In 2010, he directed the process of Animale’s acquisition of its equity stake in Farm, which led to the creation of Grupo Soma. He has been the Chief Executive Officer since then. Mr. Gonçalves is a member of the brand committees of each of our brands.

Gabriel Silva Lobo Leite - Chief Financial and Investor Relations Officer

Mr. Lobo has a degree in Production Engineer from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Gabriel Lobo has solid experience in the financial segment and has already occupied the position of non-statutory executive  Chief Financial Officer of Grupo SOMA in the last years, head of financial, M&A and Investors Relations. In 2021 he became Chief Financial and Investors Relations Officer.

Marcello Ribeiro Bastos - Chief Brand Officer

Mr. Bastos holds a degree in Business Administration from Santa Úrsula University (Universidade Santa Úrsula) and a post-graduate degree in Retail Management from Centro Universitário in Rio de Janeiro. He is the co-founder of Farm and Fábula, brands that have contributed significantly to our growth since 1997. He has been an executive of the company since 2010, also acting as Executive Officer of the Farm and Fábula brands.

Gustavo Rudge de Oliveira Fonseca - Executive Officer

Mr. Fonseca has a degree in Production  Engeener in UFRJ, started his career at TIM’s Strategic Planing in 2010. In 2011 started working in the Gradus Consultoria as an consultant, implementing projects in 6 different sectors of companies such as Andrade e Gutierrez, Raízen, CabCorp e Vonpar (Coca Cola). Mr. Fonseca started in Grupo SOMA in 2013 and implemented projects in many different areas of the Company from Planning and Style to the Distribution to the stores. In 2017 was promoted to Purchase Head, in 2019 assumes the Operations Office and in 2020 cumulate the Wholesale Sales Office. In 2021 he became Executive Director of the Company, also statutory, responsible for the Operations and Wholesales Sales sectors.

Rodrigo Cardozo Martins - Executive Officer

Mr. Martins has a degree in Accounting in Moraes Júnior University, MBA in accounting and audit in UFF; Leadership and Business Academy in Havard Bussiness School (in house). Mr. Martins has more than 20 years of experience in the accounting, tax and control sectors. Responsible for the Controllership of Grupo SOMA since 2017 and ellected as statutory director in May, 2021. During the 10 last years, Mr Martins worked in positions of coordenation, management and, later, Controller in Lojas Americanas S.A.

Tiago Heinzen Dowsley - Executive Officer

Mr. Dowsley has an degree in control and automation engineer in UFSC. Started his career in technology working in Brazilian companies and in the Fraunhofer Institute. In 2012 started his career in management with Gradus COnsultoria; for 8 years Mr. Dowsley worked in Grupo SOMA where already transformed many different sectors according to the Company’s needs and dedicated the major part of his time to accelerate the online sales and transform the digital culture of Grupo SOMA.

Alisson Suzzim Calgaroto - Executive Officer

Mr. Calgaroto has a degree in control and automation engineer in Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC). Mr. Calgaroto started his carrer in Schlumberger (2010-2013), an petroleum services multinational. Between 2013 and 2015, Mr. Calgaroto worked in Gradus Consultoria de Gestão, where he took part in projects for great Companies in different segments, such as food, energy, education, retail and others. Academically, Mr. Calgaroto, besides his engineer degree, concluded an MBI in 4.0 industry and specialized in digital transformation in Cambridge University. In 2015 started working in Grupo SOMA, with roles in Commercial Planning management, Product Development and Supply Chain. TOday (since 2019) Mr. Calgaroto is Executive Director of the Company, heading the Inovation and Tecnology sector, leading as well the Inovation Laboratory (Somalabs).

Academicamente, além de engenheiro, concluiu MBI em indústria 4.0 e especialização em transformação digital na Universidade de Cambridge. Em 2015 entrou no Grupo Soma, com funções de gestão no Planejamento Comercial, Desenvolvimento de Produto e Supply Chain. Atualmente (desde 2019) é diretor executivo da Companhia, a frente de tecnologia e inovação, liderando também o Laboratório de Inovação (Somalabs).