João Afonso Ramalho Sopas Pereira Bento

Member of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CTT - Correios de Portugal, S.A. (CTT)

Date of birth and nationality 12 November 1960, born in Portugal
Date of 1st appointment at CTT 20 April 2017
Term of office 2020 / 2022

Academic qualifications

  • 2018: IDP-C, International Directors Programme - Certificate, INSEAD
  • 1999: Habilitation in Intelligent Systems at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Universidade de Lisboa
  • 1992: PhD in Civil Engineering, Imperial College, London and Doctoral equivalence awarded by Universidade de Lisboa
  • 1987: Master of Science in Structural Engineering, Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Universidade de Lisboa
  • 1983: Degree in Civil Engineering, Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Universidade de Lisboa

Management and supervisory positions held internally

  • 2020 -…: Chairman of the Board of Directors of CTT Soluções Empresariais, S.A.
  • 2019 -…: Chairman of the Board of Directors of CTT Expresso – Serviços Postais e Logística, S.A. (appointed to the position of Chairman on June 27, 2019)
  • 2017 -…: Member of the Board of Directors of CTT and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) (appointed to the position of CEO on May 13, 2019 effective May 22, 2019. Until that date and since 2017 held the position of non-executive member of the Board of Directors of CTT)

Other internal positions held

  • 2019 -…: Member of the Selection and Remuneration Committee of Banco CTT, S.A.
  • 2019 -…: Member of the Selection Committee of Payshop (Portugal), S.A.
  • 2019 -…: Member of the Selection Committee of 321 Crédito - Instituição Financeira de Crédito, S.A.
  • 2019 -…: Chairman of the Board of the General Meeting of Correio Expresso de Moçambique, S.A. (CORRE)
  • 2019 - 19: Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of Banco CTT, S.A.
  • 2019 - 19: Member of the Selection Committee of Banco CTT, S.A.
  • 2017 - 19: Member of the Committee for the Monitoring of the Implementation of the Operational Transformation Plan of CTT
  • 2017 - 19: Member of the Corporate Governance, Evaluation and Nominating Committee of CTT

Professional experience

Vice-Chairman of the Board and CEO at Gestmin SGPS, S.A. (now Manuel Champalimaud SGPS, S.A.) between 2015 and 2019, having been appointed in 2017 as non-executive member of the Board of Directors of CTT. In 2019 was appointed CEO of CTT having ceased, from that date on, all his functions at the Manuel Champalimaud Group.

In CTT, as CEO, he is responsible for the areas of Institutional Relations, Strategy & Business Development, Audit & Quality, Communication & Sustainability (shared responsibility), Digital & Innovation, Legal Office & General Secretariat, People and Culture (shared responsibility), Regulation & Competition, holding also the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of the subsidiaries CTT Expresso - Serviços Postais e Logística, S.A. and CTT Soluções Empresariais, S.A.

Has a vast professional experience in executive and non-executive positions in large listed companies in Portugal and Brazil, particularly in the infrastructure and energy sectors. Between 2011 and 2015 was CEO of Efacec, an industrial company recognised for its innovation in equipment and automation in the energy branch, at that time present in 22 countries, being responsible for areas such as risk management, human resources, communication, innovation and international business.

In the same period, became a member of the Board and of the Executive Committee of the José de Mello Group and was President of COTEC Portugal, the association of corporates for innovation.

Was an executive member of the Board of Directors of Brisa for 11 years (at the time operating in 5 countries), being responsible, among others, for the areas of operations, innovation, business development and international development, chairing several infrastructure concessionaires and other Brisa participated companies.

From 2000 to 2003, he was a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of EDP, then the largest listed company in Portugal.

Started his professional career as an academic, being a tenured Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) since 2000. Started a long-term leave of absence in 2002 in order to carry out full-time functions in business management positions.

Management and supervisory positions held in other companies (last 5 years)

  • 2020 -…: Member of the Board of Directors of International Post Corporation (IPC) 
  • 2015 -…: Managing Partner of QPDM Consulting, Lda. (previously S.A.; between 2019 and 2020 held the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors and in 2020 became managing partner)
  • 2019 19: Chairman of the Board of Directors of I.-Charging, Mobilidade Eléctrica, S.A. 
  • 2016 19: Chairman of the Board of Directors of OZ Energia, S.A. 
  • 2016 19: Manager of Manuel Champalimaud Serviços, Unipessoal, Lda. 
  • 2015 19: Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Manuel Champalimaud SGPS, S.A. 
  • 2016 16: Member of the Board of Directors of Sogestão, S.A. 
  • 2014 16: Member of the Board of Directors of CCB - Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém 
  • 2012 15: Member of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee of Grupo José de Mello, SGPS, S.A.
  • 2011 15: Member of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Efacec Capital, SGPS, S.A. 
  • 2011 15: Chairman of several subsidiaries of Efacec: Efacec-Sistemas de Gestão (PT), Efacec Energia - Máquinas e Equipamentos Eléctricos (PT), Efacec Engenharia e Sistemas (PT), Efacec-Serviços de Manutenção e Assistência (PT), Efacec Marketing Internacional (PT), Gemp - Empreendimentos Imobiliários (PT), Empovar (PT), Efacec USA, Inc. (US), Efacec India Private Limited (IN), Efacec Handling Solutions (PT), Efacec Moçambique (MZ), Efasa (ZA)

Other external positions held (last 5 years, pro bono)

  • 2019 - …: Member of the Board of Trustees of Fundação Alfredo de Sousa

  • 2019 - …: Member of the Advisory Council of APAC Portugal – Associação de Apoio ao Preso

  • 2018-…: Member of the Board of ICF – Inclusive Community Forum – Nova SBE

  • 2017 -…: Member of the Strategic Innovation Council of VdA - Vieira de Almeida & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados, RL 

  • 2016 -…: Member of the General Council of IPCG (Portuguese Institute of Corporate Governance) in an individual capacity 

  • 2014 -…: Member of the Advisory Council of ANI (National Innovation Agency)  

  • 2013 -…: Permanent member of the Advisory Council of AICEP (Agency for Investment and External Trade of Portugal)  

  • 2011 -…: Vice-Chairman of Academia de Engenharia (acting President)

  • 2015 - 20: President of Quinta do Perú Golf Club  

  • 2014-20: Member of the Advisory Council of ANI (National Innovation Agency)

  • 2014 - 19: Member of the General Council of Universidade de Lisboa 

  • 2012 - 18: President of COTEC Portugal, the Business Association for Corporate Innovation (2012-15) and Member of the Board (2015-18) 

  • 2014 - 15: Chairman of the General Meeting of APGEI (Portuguese Association of Industrial Management and Engineering) 

  • 2012 - 15: Member and coordinator of CNEI (National Council for Entrepreneurship and Innovation) 

Distinctions 

Honorary President of ASECAP (European Association of Operators of Toll Road Infrastructures), since 2007

Was awarded with the Great Cross of Henry the Navigator, by the President of the Portuguese Republic in 2016