Leadership and Administration Board
Vale’s Executive Board is headed by Eduardo Bartolomeo, our CEO.
See the below list for his and our Executive Vice-Presidents' profiles.
Before being appointed president of the company, Bartolomeo was executive director of Base Metals, in Canada, in 2018. His first tenure at Vale took place between 2004 and 2012, when he worked on the recognized Executive Board of Logistics Operations. The executive structured the logistics to support Vale's operations during the last super cycle and, in December 2010, led the creation of VLI, a general cargo transport company whose control was sold by Vale in 2014 for R$4.7 billion.
Bartolomeo also led the project to duplicate the Carajás Railroad and the expansion of the Ponta da Madeira Maritime Terminal (TMPM), which enabled Vale to increase the production capacity of the Northern System. At the time, he developed the Vale Management Model (VPS), which, combined with investment in technology and professional qualification, resulted in significant gains for the company. The VPS is being implemented in all of Vale's business units as an important lever for safety and operational excellence.
As Vale's CEO, the executive has prioritized people, safety and repair in Brumadinho. Bartolomeo introduced two new strategic pillars for the company (Safety and Operational Excellence and New Pact with Society) and began implementing a cultural transformation as part of a journey to make Vale one of the safest and most reliable mining companies in the world.
Executive Vice President, Global Business Solutions
With a passion for strategic thinking and transformations, Alexandre is a global and business- focused executive recognized for his dynamic and charismatic leadership, with strong capacity to engage multicultural teams. Entrepreneurship, pure challenge and general management are his career anchors, which contribute to his focus on innovation and his ability to deliver sustainable results under competitive and challenging circumstances.
Throughout his 26 years of professional experience, Alexandre has held a range of global executive positions and gained diverse knowledge bringing together regions into a global company and working with international initiatives, turnaround management, and large-scale projects.
Alexandre holds a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from State University of Rio de Janeiro. He completed two postgraduate degrees in Business Management from Dom Cabral Foundation and Computer Networks from the Federal University of Espírito Santo. He also holds an MBA in Business from the University of São Paulo. He holds triple citizenship in Brazil, Canada and Portugal (EU).
Executive Vice President, Corporate and External Affairs
Alexandre Silva D'Ambrosio
Alexandre S. D'Ambrosio has been with Vale since 2018 and holds the position of Corporate and Institutional Affairs Executive Vice President. His responsibilities include the Legal, Taxation, Institutional Relations and Communications, as well as Corporate, Intellectual Property, Trade Compliance and Data Protection sectors of the company. He also works as Director of Vale Internacional S.A.
From 2016 to 2018, he was the Executive Vice President of Banco Santander (Brasil) S.A. He was also a member of the board of directors of Santander Security Services Ltda (“S3”). From 2003 to 2016, he was the Corporate Legal Director of the Votorantim group. He was a board member of Aracruz Celulose S.A. (later Fibria S.A.) from 2004 to 2013, of Cimentos Itambé S.A. from 2006 to 2016, and of Citrosuco S.A. from 2009 to 2016.
In the United States, where he remained from 1985 to 1996, he worked as an associate and partner in large law firms, in Washington, D.C. and New York, in the areas of international trade, mergers and acquisitions, project finance and cross-border finance. He obtained an LLB from the University of São Paulo Law School in 1984, an LLM from Harvard Law School in 1986, and the equivalent of a Juris Doctor degree from George Washington University’s National Law Center in 1989.
Executive Vice President, Safety and Operational Excellence
Carlos Medeiros is a senior executive with an outstanding international track record and proven capacity to manage large transformational projects. He was appointed as Executive Vice President for Safety and Operational Excellence, an area specially created to strengthen Vale’s Safety and Risk Management, this is in line with the strategic pillars of safety, operational excellence and the new pact with society.
Medeiros uses his in-depth lean manufacturing methodology knowledge whose main aims are to optimize processes, continuously improve productivity and quality, and thereby boost competitiveness – to enhance the safety and efficiency of Vale’s operations. His appointment is in line with Vale’s commitment to adopt world-class operational standards.
Graduated in Mechanical-Aerospace Engineering at the Brazilian Aeronautics Institute of Technology (ITA), with a postgraduate degree in Marketing from the Brazilian university ESPM, in addition to specialization courses at Stanford University (Senior Executive Program-SEP) and Cranfield University (Manufacturing).
Executive Vice President, Base Metals
Deshnee Naidoo is Vale’s Executive Vice President of Base Metals since December 2021. She started working at Vale in January of the same year as CFO of the Base Metals business. Since then, she has collaborated across Base Metals to understand the challenges and opportunities to accelerate transformation of the business.
She is a three-time “South Africa Mining Rainmaker” and recognized among the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining in 2018. She has also served as a Board Member of the South Africa Minerals Council.
Prior to joining Vale, Deshnee was the CEO of the Zinc International business at Vedanta Resources from 2014 to 2020, where she held full P&L accountability for the international Zinc group. She took on the role of CEO Africa Base Metals during her tenure at Vedanta. Deshnee previously worked at Anglo American from 1998 to 2014, where she held a number of executive positions including the Chief of Staff from 2009 to 2011. She was also the CFO for Anglo American’s thermal coal business from 2011 to 2014.
Executive Vice President, Finance and Investor Relations
In the position of Executive Vice President of Finance and Investor Relations at Vale, Gustavo Pimenta worked for the previous 12 years at AES – for 3 years as global CFO. In addition to his roles as CFO in Brazil and abroad, he has already taken on roles as Planning and Strategy Director and Vice President of Performance and Services of the same company.
He led AES's global repositioning to a company focused on ESG and low carbon footprint and also participated in Diversity and Inclusion initiatives within the group. Earlier in his career, he worked as an Auditor at KPMG for 3 years and subsequently took over as Vice President of Strategy and M&A at Citibank in New York.
Member of several Boards of Directors of companies such as AES Gener in Chile and AES Clean Energy in the USA, he holds a degree in Economics from Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and a Master's degree in Finance and Economics from Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV).
Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Transformation
Luciano Siani Pires
Luciano Siani Pires is Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Transformation, responsible for leading initiatives that position Vale for the future. He joined the company in 2008 and has held positions such as Global Strategy Director and Global Human Resources and Governance Director.
Prior to assuming his current role, he held the position of Executive Vice President of Finance and Investor Relations (CFO) from 2012 to 2021, where, for several years, he also led areas such as Shared Services, Procurement, Information Technology, Capital Projects and Vale Fertilizantes. He is also currently the Chairman of VLI, the second largest logistics provider in Brazil. He has extensive professional experience in the areas of Finance, Capital Markets and Strategic Planning, having held various executive positions at the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), as well as participation in Boards of Directors in companies such as The Mosaic Company, Suzano Papel e Celulose and the holding companies of Vale and Telemar (currently Oi). He was also a Consultant at McKinsey & Co. earlier in his career.
He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ) and received a master in business administration degree with distinction from New York University (Leonard N. Stern School of Business).
Executive Vice President, Iron Ore
Marcello Spinelli is Vale's Executive Vice President, Ferrous Minerals. He has built solid experience in integrated logistics operations throughout the nearly 10 years he has been at the forefront of the Value of Integrated Logistics (VLI) of intermodal transport in Brazil. At VLI, he conducted a cycle of robust investments in operating efficiency and company growth.
He had held senior leadership positions in Vale from 2002 to 2010 in the general cargo commercial area and in the Tubarão Complex operations. He was the CEO of the Vila Velha Terminal and accumulated the position of Vale's Logistics Director with the president of the Centro-Atlântica Railroad. He led the creation of VLI in 2008. Previously, he worked at Submarino and Ambev.
Marcello has a production engineering degree from USP and has different extension courses in business, operations, management and infrastructure.
Executive Vice President, Sustainability
Maria Luiza de Oliveira Pinto e Paiva
Maria Luiza de Oliveira Pinto e Paiva is the Executive Vice President of Sustainability. She began her career 34 years ago in Human Resources and for the last 19 years, she has worked in the Sustainability area. Before coming to Vale, she was Suzano's Sustainability executive between January 2019 and February 2021.
She also served as Executive Director of Sustainability, Communication and Corporate Relations at Fibria Celulose between March 2015 and December 2018. She was an executive at Banco ABN AMRO Real/Santander and at Banco Nacional – with a trajectory focused on cultural transformation and leadership development. As executive director of Sustainable Development at ABN AMRO Real Santander, she led the creation and implementation of the sustainability strategy, which has become a national and international benchmark. She led multicultural teams and projects during the periods in which she directed the HR area for Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe.
She has a degree in psychology with an emphasis in Human Resources from the University of Michigan, in the United States, and studied Business and Sustainability at the University of Cambridge, England.
Executive Vice President, People
Marina Quental is Vale’s People Executive Vice President. She is responsible for the global human resources estrategy and operations for the company and leads the Board’s People Committee. One of her main challenges is to drive culture and organization transformation for Vale.
She built a solid professional career at Brazilian and foreign companies, working in the areas of organizational development, culture, compensation, social responsibility, and mergers and acquisitions.
Before joining Vale, Ms. Quental was the Vice President for Human Resources at Raízen, a joint venture between Shell and Cosan, from April 2014 to November 2017. She participated actively in the creation of this joint venture. Previously, she was the Human Resource director of Shell Brasil for six years and before that held various leadership positions at IBM in Brazil and the United States. Ms. Quental was president of the Raízen Foundation, the company’s social responsibility arm, between April 2014 and November 2017.
She has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Rio de Janeiro Catholic University and an executive Master of Business from the Dom Cabral Foundation.