Aldo Della Rosa and Jorge Gerdau Johannpeter

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Aldo Della Rosa and Jorge Gerdau Johannpeter, chairman of the Gerdau Group’s board of directors

Jorge Gerdau Johannpeter is the chairman of the Gerdau Group’s board of directors. With a strong presence in the search for efficiency and quality of management in the public and private sectors, Jorge was the founder of the Gaúcho Program for Quality and Productivity and the Competitive Brazil Movement. He is a member of the International Academy of Quality, the Brazilian Academy of Quality and is a member of the Board of the National

Quality. In the areas of education and culture, he chairs the Board of Governance of the All for Education movement and the Board of the Iberê Camargo Foundation, is vice-president of the Council of the Mercosur Biennial Foundation and member of the Council of Volunteer Partners.

According to a survey by the European consulting firm Merco, Jorge Gerdau was elected Brazil’s best-reputed leader in 2014. He also serves as a member of the Board of the Aço Brasil Institute, where he was president for two years. He is part of the Strategic Superior Council of Fiesp and the Advisory Board of the office of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies in Brazil, maintained by Harvard University.

The way to the presidency

At the age of fourteen, during the school holidays, he operated nail-making machines at the family’s factory, living with the workers. In the afternoon, he worked in the office, learning to take out invoices; At night, I was studying accounting. In 1957, he attended as a pupil the Center for the Preparation of Officers of the Reserve of Porto Alegre, an educational establishment of the Brazilian army. At the end of the same year he was declared an Aspirant to the Reserve Officer of the Cavalry Weapon. In 1961, he graduated in Law from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS).

In the 1960s, while assisting his father in conducting business, he realized that it was time to expand and buy the São Judas Wire Factory in São Paulo. The next purchase would be Siderúrgica Açonorte, in Pernambuco. In 1972, it acquired Companhia Siderúrgica da Guanabara. From that moment, the Gerdau Group understood that it was necessary to leave Rio Grande do Sul and, later, to cross the borders of the country, in order not to lose the competitiveness.

Since 1973, he has been a member of the Board of Directors. In 1983, he became the CEO of the Gerdau Group, just as the group became one of the world’s major steel conglomerates. He held this position until 2006.

Other Functions

Chairman of the Superior Council of the Competitive Brazil Movement (MBC)
Leader of the Gaucho Quality and Productivity Program (PGQP)
President of the Council of the Quality Award of the Federal Government
Member of the Board of the Foundation for the National Quality Award
Member of the Board of Directors of the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI)
Counselor of the Brazil Steel Institute
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Açominas
Member of the Economic and Social Development Council of the Federal Government
Member of the National Industrial Development Council (CNDI)
Member of the Board of Governance of the Millenium Institute (profile)
Member of the Board of Directors of the Pole RS – Development Agency
Chairman of Junior Advisory Council of Brazil

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