Photo of above the high fields Caratuva, the south of Brazil's second highest mountain.
Sunrise in Brazil Sunrise above the high fields Caratuva, the south of Brazil's second highest mountain. © Lucas Pontes


The Nature Conservancy Appoints Fred Hu and Sérgio Rial to its Global Board of Directors

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The Nature Conservancy announced the recent appointments of Fred Hu and Sérgio Rial as members of its global Board of Directors.

“I am excited to welcome these distinguished leaders to our global Board of Directors,” said CEO Jennifer Morris. “Both Fred and Sérgio have been strategic advisors to The Nature Conservancy for many years through their respective roles on the Asia Pacific Council and Latin America Conservation Council. We are thrilled to now draw on their expertise at the global level, and TNC’s leadership team and I look forward to working with them to accelerate our conservation outcomes.”

“I am very pleased to announce the appointment of these global leaders to our Board of Directors. Their expertise in finance and economics, combined with their passion for The Nature Conservancy’s mission, will significantly contribute to our efforts to tackle the twin challenges of the climate crisis and biodiversity loss”, said Board Chair Frances Ulmer.

Headshot photo of Fred Hu.
Fred Hu Fred is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Primavera Capital Group. He currently serves on The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Global Board in addition to TNC’s Investment Committee. © Courtesy Fred Hu

Fred Hu is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Primavera Capital Group where he oversees the firm’s overall strategy, talent development, and culture, and is responsible for establishing and maintaining the firm’s long-term partnerships with global investors. Prior to forming Primavera, Fred was partner and chairman of Greater China at Goldman Sachs and a member of Goldman’s Partnership Committee. He previously served as an economist at the International Monetary Fund. He also served on the Hong Kong Government’s Strategic Development Committee and the Advisory Committee for the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission and was an independent director of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited. Fred is the co-chair of The Nature Conservancy’s Asia Pacific Council. He holds a Master in Engineering Science from Tsinghua University and a Master’s Degree and PhD in Economics from Harvard University. He lives in Hong Kong. 

Headshot photo of Sérgio Rial.
Sergio Rial TNC Board Member, LACC Co-Chair, and Chairman, Santander Brasil. © Courtesy Sergio Rial

Sérgio Rial is currently chairman of Santander Brasil after serving as executive chairman and CEO. Before joining Santander, Sérgio held leadership positions in several large financial and agribusiness companies, including working at ABN AMRO for 18 years where he served as a member of the company’s Global Executive Board; leading Bear Stearns’ Capital Markets businesses internationally out of New York; and serving as Cargill’s Global CFO and later CEO of Marfrig Global Foods. Sérgio is the co-chair of The Nature Conservancy’s Latin America Conservation Council. He studied Law and Economics in Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ and UGF) and holds an MBA from IBMEC in Rio de Janeiro. He lives in São Paulo, Brazil. 

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