Interviews with C-suite professionals in Brazil

When I started my company Biassa three years ago, like many foreigners who settle in Denmark, I was struggling to find my feet here.

Getting proactive
It all began when I started sharing content from my blog on LinkedIn, and a few companies approached me to ask how much I knew about the Brazilian business environment.

It was then that I realised I could start ‘selling’ my consulting services – a much better option than waiting for the ‘perfect job’ to appear.

The journey hasn’t been easy, but it’s been interesting, as I enjoy talking to all sorts of people from all walks of life. They energise me, give me a different perspective and at times help me with my blind spots.

Getting practical
I get contacted by many foreign students who are either looking for advice or a job. Invariably they’ve just finished their master’s and have spent their time doing a few voluntary jobs and unpaid internships.

I tell them to get practical – to ask themselves: What are you good at? What would you like to accomplish? What is your dream?

And then I ask them whether they have a LinkedIn account.

LinkedIn can be crucial, from sharing short-form posts to articles. Many users, for example, are unaware it has a whole section where you can share slides.

Starting a blog is a good option. That way, when you share content you’ll direct people back there so they can develop a better idea about you.

Getting pragmatic
Maybe I’m being too pragmatic or even conservative, but I’m not sure having a master’s degree means a whole lot nowadays.

We live in a glorious era in which middlemen are vanishing across the globe. For example, have you seen the number of CPG brands that are heading directly to the consumer? Soon we will no longer have a need for headhunters.

This year alone, I’ve received three job offers – in Denmark from Danish companies; no middlemen!

Forget perfect
We live in an age in which we can all be visible. And more importantly, we can be heard.

Remember: the internet is indeed a miracle, but the only way to explore and take advantage of it is by taking action.

So, are you prepared to roll up your sleeves, get practical and start to work, or are you just going to carry on waiting for the ‘perfect job’ to turn up?

In June of 2013 Carlos Monteiro interviewed Matheus Viana, a highly experienced Brazilian tax lawyer focused on helping international companies to navigate through the challenging Brazilian tax system.

In addition to giving a general picture of the Brazilian tax system, Matheus also points out some of the common mistake foreign professionals make when doing business in Brazil.

In 2013, Carlos Monteiro spoke with Kent Hendricks who at the time was the Managing director of Nacora for the LATAM region.

Nacora is a brokerage firm “that offers insurance solutions tailored to the individual needs of specific industry segments”.

In this interview, Kent talks some of the things that ought to be done by Brazilian authorities in order for Brazil to fulfill its potential and “hit the ground running”.

 

 

In this video, Carlos Monteiro, interviews Mr. Jorge, CEO of CASA SANTA LUZIA in São Paulo. A High end and well-known supermarket acclaimed for the high quality and differentiated products available.
Mr. Jorge talks about his origins, opportunities, and challenges, and why Brazil in his opinion has a bright future and it is the best place to be!

Carlos Monteiro, interviews Jens Olesen, global executive, and President of Danish-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in Brazil, and Former Vice President of the Global Mccann Conglomerate.

Jens explains what is the function of the Danish-Brazilian Chamber in Brazil, how can Danish Companies be successful in the Brazilian market, talks about corruption in Brazil and how can Danish companies thrive or fail in the Brazilian market.

Carlos Monteiro interviews Mikael Thomsen. Mikael is the former Director of DSV in Brazil. DSV is one of the leading global players in logistics and in this interview Mikael shares some of the challenges a gigantic company such as DSV faces when looking for growth and doing business in Brazil.

 

Carlos Monteiro interviews David O’kefee former Citrix Director in Brazil. David explains why Brazil will follow increasing growth from other economies despite all the pessimistic projections.

Does the Brazilian educational system represent a major a problem or this problem could be tackled and transformed it into a significant opportunity?

Back in 2014 during one of my trips to Brazil I had the honor to interview my former Operations, a professor from my business administration course in Brazil.

Lawrence is also a former director at IBM in Brazil having worked in several gigantic projects. Today he is involved with the educational projects in Brazil.

Carlos Monteiro interviews Marcelo Coelho, Principal at Mercado Pago a company part of the Mercado Livre Group, talks about online payments and the general landscape of the e-commerce payment and payment gateways in Brazil.

Ricardo Ramos, the CEO of Precifica, an up and coming startup in Brazil, focused on helping online retailers run profitable operations by adjusting their prices according to the market demands shared some of his knowledge with Denmark Brazil and talked about innovation, e-commerce, challenges and opportunities and much more.