Fifty-three-year-old Brazilian entrepreneur and engineer Fersen Lambranho specializes in asset management solutions. In Brazil, he’s held numerous key positions in prominent companies, including GP Investments, which he now owns with his trusted partner Antonio Bonchristiano. Lambranho is no stranger to the industry. He’s decades worth of experience under his belt. As a young brilliant mind, Lambranho attended Universidade-Federal-do-Rio-De-Janeiro from which he earned a BA civil engineering degree. He later studied business administration at COPPEAD-UFRJ where he received an MSc (Master-of-Science) degree. Lambranho also enrolled in an HBS Harvard-Business-School accredited Owner-President-Management-Program.
Lambranho served a board chairman at Contax, ABC Supermercados, Oi, and Gafisa. He’s assumed other board membership roles at Americans.com, Playcenter, Estacio, Farmasa, BRMalls, Tele-Norte-Leste-Participacoes, San Antonio, BR Properties, Allis, San-Carlos-Empreendimentos-e-Participacoes, and Shoptime. At Lojas Americana’s, Lambranho became the CEO (Chief-Executive-Officer) in 2003 and served in this capacity for 12 years after assuming a board membership role in 1998. Today, Lambranho and partner Bonchristiano own GP Investments. Prior to assuming this capacity, he was the company’s chairman. In 1999, Lambranho became GP Investments managing director just a year in employment. The company primarily handled alternative investment options and while Lambranho undertook his chairman responsibilities, he particularly specialized in private-equity funds asset management. With a company shares partnership, Lambranho teamed with Bonchristiano four years into his tenure to acquire the firm. By 2004, the pair finalized the acquisition which entitled them to 100% of the company’s assets and operations.
The two managed to expand the company’s presence bringing new investors and opportunities which resulted in greater profitability. With Lambranho and Bonchristiano remodeling initiative, they ventured into infrastructure and real estate asset management. Bonchristiano particularly undertook the role of establishing partnerships and relationships with foreign investors. Lambranho takes care of the finding opportunities and managing deals. Besides GP Investments, he’s the chairperson of LBR, Magnesita S.A., GP Advisors, BR?Z Investments, BHG, and Centauro.
Endeavor, a globally successful organization with a focus on empowering entrepreneurs has selected Lambranho to mentor their budding business talents. The non-profit Endeavor has a presence in 20+ countries worldwide and Lambranho mentors entrepreneurs at all chapters. With his superior industry knowledge and expansive experience, Lambranho educates future entrepreneurs about investee and investor relationships. He also has multiple affiliations as a principal board member serving high-impact organizations such as COPPEAD-UFRJ and Fundacao-Bienal-de-Sao-Paulo. He also a co-founding partner of Patronos-da-Pinacoteca-do-Estado-de-São-Paulo with Paloma Lambranho his wife. He’s a committee member of 2014 PIPA (Prêmio-IP-Capital-Partners-de-Arte as well.