Experian, the global
information services company, has announced two key appointments to its
Latin America senior management team. Francisco Valim, former president of
Net Servicos de Comunicacao, Latin America’s largest cable television
company, has joined the company as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Latin
America. Valim will have responsibility for the operations of Experian’s
businesses throughout Latin America. Elcio Anibal de Lucca, who until now
was the president of Serasa, takes on a new strategic role as President of
Corporate Affairs for Experian Latin America and was elected last Friday
Vice Chairman of the Serasa Board of Directors.
Valim and Elcio Anibal de Lucca will both report to Rick Gallagher,
president of Experian Latin America.
“I take great satisfaction in announcing the arrival of Francisco Valim
to Experian, and am certain that his significant experience and market
knowledge will allow us to continue to achieve our aggressive growth
objectives in Latin America,” said Gallagher. “As Vice Chairman, Elcio de
Lucca will remain involved with Serasa and take on additional
responsibility in assisting Experian to grow throughout the region. These
appointments underline the commitment of Experian with regard to both
Brazil and Latin America, and I am certain that this team, with the drive
of thousands of its other associates, will support our clients at the
As COO of Experian Latin America, Valim will have direct responsibility
for the region’s businesses. He will also act as the interim president of
Serasa, the largest credit bureau in Latin America and the fourth largest
in the world. Valim will also serve as a member of the Management Board of
Experian Latin America, led by Gallagher.
Francisco Valim has led the turnaround of Net Servicos since 2003,
transforming it into the highest growth company in the Brazilian Telecom
sector. Before that, he was CFO at Oi (Telemar) and vice president at
Groupo RBS. He is a graduate and has a masters degree in Business
Administration from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), a
specialization in Financial Management by Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV) and
completed his MBA in Multinational Enterprises Management and Financial
Administration at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles,
As president of Corporate Affairs, Elcio Anibal de Lucca will assume
strategic responsibilities as a member of the Experian Latin America
Management Board. He will also be vice chairman of Serasa’s Board of
Directors and serve as key investor relations spokesperson with Serasa
shareholders. His responsibilities will include the supervision of regional
corporate citizenship activities and the management of government relations
with special attention to the adoption of new legislation regarding the
benefits of positive credit information.
“The enactment of this legislation will be an important step for the
development of the consumer credit process in Brazil,” Gallagher said.
“Experian considers this issue so important that we are focusing one of our
most senior leaders on the effort. Elcio is the most qualified executive in
Brazil to lead this important initiative.”
Elcio Anibal de Lucca was president of Serasa since 1991. During his
tenure, the company grew to be the largest consumer credit bureau in the
world outside the United States. Serasa has realized several important and
exclusive accomplishments, including becoming the only Brazilian company to
have received the Interamerican Quality Award twice (2002 and 2006) and The
Quality National Award three times (1995, 2000, and 2005). Serasa is known
in the Brazilian business sector as one of the best companies in the
country to work for. A graduate in Administration by Fundacao Getulio
Vargas (FGV) of Sao Paulo, de Lucca brings more than three decades of
financial markets experience to his new post.
“I want to compliment Elcio Anibal de Lucca on the appointment to his
new role,” Gallagher stated. “As Serasa’s president he became widely known
as a leader in the credit reporting business. Now, as a part of Experian, I
know I can count on his talents to contribute to the strategic future of
the company. I am sure that his new role will add another brilliant page to
his meaningful career. We are also very pleased to have Francisco Valim
join the Experian team. We are fortunate to have him help lead our
businesses in the region.”
Experian(R) is a global leader in providing information, analytical and
marketing services to organizations and consumers to help manage the risk
and reward of commercial and financial decisions.
Combining its unique information tools and deep understanding of
individuals, markets and economies, Experian partners with organizations
around the world to establish and strengthen customer relationships and
provide their businesses with competitive advantage.
For consumers, Experian delivers critical information that enables them
to make financial and purchasing decisions with greater control and
Clients include organizations from financial services, retail and
catalog, telecommunications, utilities, media, insurance, automotive,
leisure, e-commerce, manufacturing, property and government sectors.
Experian Group Limited is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN)
and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. It has corporate headquarters
in Dublin, Ireland, and operational headquarters in Costa Mesa, Calif., and
Nottingham, UK. Experian employs approximately 15,500 people in 36
countries worldwide, supporting clients in more than 65 countries. Annual
sales are in excess of $3.8 billion.