Antonio Valente and Aldo Della Rosa

Antonio Valente, President of the Telefónica Group and Aldo Della Rosa

Antônio Carlos Valente is president of the Telefónica Group in Brazil. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ), and a post-graduate degree in Business Administration from the same institution.


He began his career in the Telebrás System, where he held various positions, including the manager of the Technical Planning Department of Telebrás and Telerj. In 1997, he joined the Board of Directors of the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel), where he also served as vice president and where he remained for seven years. Also in 1997, he served as Special Adviser to the Minister of Communications, as well as being a member of the evaluation commissions of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).


His career at Telefónica began in 2004, when he assumed the presidency of the Group in Peru. Three years later, he became president of the Telefónica Group in Brazil and also of Telefônica São Paulo (Telecomunicações de São Paulo S.A. – Telesp). With the incorporation of the Vivo operator by Telesp, Valente has also been the Chairman of Telefônica Brasil (Telefônica | Vivo) since May 2011. Presiding over the Spanish company Telefônica, faced between 2008 and 2009 a series of breads in the service Speedy, the broadband Internet of Telefônica, when the service came to have its sale prohibited. Another problem faced by him was the adaptation to the law of the call center, about which he even admitted that there were errors, assuming the responsibility of the company: “we should have worked much more in advance”. In September 2012, Valente inaugurated the new Telefónica Data Center | Vivo, the largest in Latin America, which received an investment of R $ 400 million. The enterprise seeks to integrate the data storage of the Group’s mobile and fixed operations.

Other activities

Outside of Telefônica, Valente presides over the Brazilian Telecommunications Association (Telebrasil) and SindTelelebrasil. In April 2011, he also assumed the presidency of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Brazil. In May 2012, Valente was one of the honorees with the Value Executive Award, promoted by the newspaper Valor Econômico.

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