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Marcelo Piva
Director Material Planning & Logistics
Ford South America

Marcelo is an experienced manager with particular skills in manufacturing and operations. He has been with Ford for over 18 years. In his current role, which he has held since January 2017, he is responsible for all inbound and outbound logistics processes for Ford’s South American plants. He previously spent over four years as São Bernardo Cars Final Assembly Manager, with responsibility for Ka and New Fiesta final assembly production processes for the Brazilian and Argentinean markets. His other roles at Ford have included periods as São Bernardo Plant Quality Manager, New Model Programs Supervisor and Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Supervisor.

Patrick Bonaly

Patrick Bonaly
General Manager

Patrick, who graduated from the École Polytechnique in Paris, specialises in project development, company turnarounds and reorganisation, management consulting, renewable energy and logistics, team motivation and coaching. He has worked for companies such as Accenture, Monitor MGDK and e Light. Patrick joined GEFCO in 2012 as Brazil General Manager and in 2016 took on the position of LATAM Vice-President.

Reinaldo Lanza

Reinaldo Lanza
Director Supply Chain
General Motors Brazil

Reinaldo has been with General Motors of Brazil for over 35 years, holding leading positions in a wide range of areas including manufacturing engineering, production control, IT, logistics and order fulfilment. His achievements include successfully overseeing the roll-out of a state-of-the-art warehouse in GM’s largest and most complex production facility in Brazil. Reinaldo holds a bachelor’s degree in production engineering and a master’s in business administration.

Celso Simomura
Vice-President of Purchasing, R&D, Government Affairs and PR
Toyota do Brasil

Celso graduated in mechanical engineering in 1990 and joined Toyota in 1991 in the Purchasing Division. After five years, he moved to the Purchasing Division at Toyota’s headquarters in Japan, later returning to Brazil to lead the purchasing department there. From early 2013, he spent three years as Director of the Production Control and Logistics Division and the Project Planning and Management Division. From April 2016, he returned to leading the Purchasing Division in parallel with advisory work in the Research & Development Division. At the beginning of 2017, he took on a new role in Toyota as Vice-President of Purchasing, Research & Development, Government Affairs and Public Relations.

Antonio Taranto

Antonio has more than 30 years experience in the automotive industry, including in various sales, finance and logistics functions at the Ford Motor company in Brazil and the USA, most recently as head of customer experience and after sales operations for South America. Since 2017 he the chief executive of UpDealer, a consulting firm for the automotive aftermarket supply chain.


Sharon Gray
Global Director, Automotive Key Accounts
CHEP Automotive and Industrial Solutions

Based in Detroit, Sharon focuses on developing executive relationships and driving growth across regions supporting CHEP’s regional teams with business development and strategies aligned with its global vision. Sharon has more than twenty years of automotive industry experience in key account sales and trade lane roles. At TNT, Sharon was a Global Strategy Manager for automotive and industrial. Prior to TNT, Sharon worked for DHL with responsibility for international sales management and was a Trade Lane Manager to China. Sharon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from MidAmerica Nazarene University.

Gustavo Bonini
Board Member
Anfavea (National Association of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers of Brazil)

Gustavo is a supply chain executive with more than 20 years of experience in South America and Europe, representing logistics and supply chain issues for Anfavea, Brazil’s national vehicle manufacturer association. He is also director of director of institutional and governmental affairs for Scania Latin America. Gustavo has an extensive track record in the development of logistics projects and in the management of inbound and outbound logistics, warehousing, material planning and handling, as well as foreign trade, import and export, and customs.

marcelo cioffi

Marcelo Cioffi
Automotive Leader (Brazil)

Marcelo has extensive experience in providing auditing and consulting services to large and medium-sized multinational and domestic companies in Brazil, covering a broad range of the automotive value chain including OEMs, tier suppliers and dealerships. His experience includes a two-year placing with PwC Detroit. Marcelo has degrees in business, from Pontificia Universidade Catolica de São Paulo, and accounting, from Universidade Paulista, as well as an MBA from Fundação Getúlio Vargas in São Paulo.

Carlos Roberto Banzato
After Market Sales and Marketing Director
Johnson Controls do Brasil

Carlos is a mechanical engineer with a master’s degree in programme management. Over his 20 years with Johnson Controls, he has gained considerable knowledge in such areas as operations, supply chain management, export sales, programme management, continuous improvement, lean manufacturing, strategy and reverse logistics. He previously worked for a variety of well-known companies including Philips, Olivetti, Continental2001 and Panex, and has experience in South America, Europe, the US and the Far East.

marcelo turri

Marcelo Turri
Head of Supply Chain and IT
Alpargatas (Havaianas)

In his current position at Brazilian apparel and footwear company Alpargata, Marcelo is responsible for global demand planning, sourcing, logistics and information technology. Prior to joining Alpargatas seven years ago, he held supply chain management positions at Natura, a Brazilian beauty sector company, and Comercial Gerdau, the retail channel of Gerdau Group. He also worked as a consultant at Booz, Allen & Hamilton. Marcelo holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Escola Politécnica da USP and an MBA from Insper.

fabio garcia

Fabio Garcia
Head of Spare Parts Logistics
Volkswagen Truck and Bus

Fabio, who is also a professor at the Business School São Paulo (BSP) where he lectures on supply chain management, is responsible for truck and bus operations at the Volkswagen Parts and Accessories Center (PAC), overseeing demand planning, inventory control, imports, exports, warehousing and transport. He has worked for Volkswagen Truck and Bus and MAN brands (TRATON Group) since 2004. Among other qualifications, Fabio holds a master’s degree in logistics from EOI (Spain), an MBA in marketing, business management and logistics from INPG, and a postgraduate degree in logistics and business from ITBA (Argentina).

Elias Mufarej

Elias Mufarej

With 50 years of experience in the automotive parts sector, Elias has held strategic and executive postions in a wide range of companies including Cofap, Wapsa (Bosch), Projetores Cibié (Valeo group), Metagal, Sogefi (Filtros Fram) and Fiamm. He has been a member of Sindipeças for more than 30 years and currently acts as its advisor on spare parts and export development. He also coordinates the Automotive Maintenance Group (GMA) formed by spare parts organisations Sindipeças, Sicap, Sinopecções-SP and Sindirepa. Elias holds a degree in business administration and law from Mackenzie University.

Stephan Gruner

Stephan Grüner
CEO and founder
Namoa Digital

Stephan Grüner has more than 15 years experience in managing automotive logistics in Brazil and international supply chains. From 2004 to 2016 he was managing director of BMS Logistica, an international automotive supply chain company specialised in inbound and outbound logistics. In 2016, he founded Namoa Digital, a software-as-a-service tool for managing supply chain operations across various industries, including the automotive sector. Stephan has an MBA in Finance from Inspir, and an MSc in logistics and supply chain management from Cranfield University.

Christoph Seitz
CFR Rinkens

Based in Los Angeles, Christoph’s focus is on business development and strategic planning, driving growth for CFR Rinkens through building relationships with car manufacturers and logistics providers globally. He also oversees CFR teams in the US, China and Europe, developing and implementing end-to-end logistics solutions for shipping vehicles in containers with racking systems. Born in Berlin, Germany, Christoph holds a degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked in print journalism, both in Germany and the US, before entering the logistics industry 15 years ago.

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