Commercial Trade Director

Joined us in 1980, based in Brazil

What makes you, you?

I love creative activities, from upholstering furniture to cooking foods from different cultures and travelling to new places.

What’s the best thing about working here?

I’m passionate about what I do. It’s great being part of a company that works to improve the lives of people across the world. There’s also a very human culture – people are trusted and respected.

What are your highlights?

Starting as a trainee at the age of 14, I held all kinds of marketing positions from assistant to director, managing a diverse portfolio such as toiletries, household, oral care and over-the-counter products. Then I joined the commercial sales team as director, first managing the Brazilian team and then moving to Costa Rica to manage Central America as general manager. Two years ago I returned to Brazil and joined Pharma as commercial sales director.

How have we supported your development?

The personal development plan is first class. In all my roles, I’ve been able to maximise all the tools that HR has to offer. When I went to Costa Rica, I didn’t speak Spanish and was given language lessons. I was also funded to take a postgraduate degree in marketing. And even after all these years, when I’m mentoring three other people in Brazil, I’m still in touch with my original mentor.

What would you say to someone thinking of joining us?

Work hard, but enjoy life. It’s important to be passionate about what you do.