Sylvia Coutinho, aged 54 and Brazilian citizen, holds a degree in engineering and a post-graduate degree in economics from the University of São Paulo, as well as an MBA from Columbia University in New York.
She started her career in 1984 at the banking group Citigroup, where she held several high-responsibility positions in Brazil and the United States. In 2003, she joined HSBC where she held senior positions in the wealth and asset management divisions, and notably became Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management divisions for Latin America and Head of Global Asset Management for the Americas.
Since 2013, Sylvia Coutinho serves as the Country Head of the banking group UBS Group in Brazil and heads UBS’s Brazilian Executive Committee.
Sylvia Coutinho's international experience, acquired by spending her entire career in multinational companies, her in-depth understanding of Brazil and her expertise in the banking industry and more particularly in e-banking, will all be significant assets for the Group, which has made the shift to digital a key strategic objective.
The Board of Directors has noted that Sylvia Coutinho qualifies as an independent Director according to the AFEP/MEDEF corporate governance code. Following the appointment, Edenred’s Board of Directors now comprises 11 members, of which 73% are independent, and the proportion of women on the Board has increased from 30% to 36%.
Shareholders will be asked to ratify this appointment at the next Annual Meeting on 4 May 2016.