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Gerson Valença Pinto

Gerson Valença Pinto

Area Panel - Research for Innovation

Chemist by background he graduated by the State University of Campinas – UNICAMP with Post-Graduation in Marketing by the Superior School of Advertising and Marketing – ESPM.

He started his career in Unilever where he worked in the following areas: Manufacturing, Logistics and mainly Research & Development (R&D). Beyond Brazil, he also worked in India where participated in the creation of a Global Innovation Center in Mumbai.

After Unilever he joined Johnson & Johnson initially as Vice President of R&D for Latin America and later for Asia Pacific based in Singapore where he led the construction of the Emerging Markets Innovation Center in Shanghai.

Back to Brazil he joined PepsiCo as Vice President of R&D for South America, Caribbean and Central America and then Natura where he was the Vice President of Innovation.

His experience therefore combines solid knowledge in the following markets: Personal Care & Beauty, Health Care and Foods in an international landscape.

Apart from this, he has been working strongly in the evolution of the innovation ecosystem in Brazil through the participation in Associations and Councils.

He was the President of the National R&D Association of Innovative Companies – ANPEI and member of the following Councils: National Deliberative Council – SEBRAE, Superior Council of Innovation and Competitiveness – FIESP and the Technical Scientific Council of the National Institute of Technology – INT.


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