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Henrique de Campos Meirelles

Henrique de Campos Meirelles

Member, Brazil

Former Governor, The Brazilian Central Bank



Member Since: 2012

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Henrique Meirelles is Chairman of J&F, the holding company of JBS, Flora, Eldorado, among others. He is also the non-executive Chairman of Brazil’s Olympic Public Committee, which is overseeing the preparations for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Mr. Meirelles is also a member of the Board of Directors of Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Bedrock, Chairman of Lazard Americas, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts’ Senior Advisor (KKR) and member of the Board of FTI Consulting. Henrique Meirelles was President of Brazil’s Central Bank from 2003 through 2010.

Before that, he was President of Bank Boston, which he joined in 1974 and President of FleetBoston’s Corporate and Global Bank. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Raytheon Corporation, Bestfoods, Champion International, BankBoston Corporation and FleetBoston Financial. Mr. Meirelles was also a member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the Sloan School of Management at the Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.

Henrique Meirelles is also the head of Associação Viva o Centro, an NGO he founded in the 90’s for the revitalization of the downtown area in São Paulo.

In 2002, he was elected a Congressman in Brazil.

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