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Gafisa S.A. (Bovespa: GFSA3; NYSE: GFA), Brazil’s leading diversified national homebuilder, today announced the election and appointment by the Company’s Board of Directors of Odair Garcia Senra to succeed Caio Racy Mattar as chairman of the board, effective immediately. Mr. Senra is one of the most experienced executives in the Brazilian homebuilding industry, having had a successful career at Gafisa and its predecessor company spanning more than 40 years.
At today’s first board meeting of the Board of Directors elected at the Shareholders’ Annual General Meeting held on May 11, 2012, Mr. Senra was elected and welcomed as the Company’s new chairman. Due to his appointment as chairman, Mr. Senra will relinquish his management responsibilities effective immediately.
Mr. Senra, an engineer, began his professional career in 1970 as an intern at Gafisa’s predecessor firm, the former Gomes de Almeida Fernandes. His vast career at Gafisa brings a unique depth of knowledge of the homebuilding industry and Gafisa to his role as chairman. While at the Company he has held key roles across a number of areas including: structural engineering, general manager of works, director of construction, director of development and director of institutional relations.
“I would like to thank Caio Mattar for his service on the board and as chairman of the board of Gafisa. His stewardship during the development and execution of the new strategic plan for the Company was invaluable,” said Mr. Senra, chairman of Gafisa. “I am delighted to take on this new role as chairman and to support my fellow directors and our skilled management team as they execute Gafisa’s turnaround strategy. Gafisa is a world-class company with a strong heritage and I look forward to seeing the Company’s revised structure and strategy, strong brands and appropriate product mix generate long-term shareholder returns”, he continued.
Mr. Senra is also a director of Secovi (Union of Housing) beginning his current term at the organization in 2005, a vice president of SindusCon-SP (Construction Union) since 2006 and is the representative of the Technical Chamber of Urban Law (CTLU). He is a board member of the Maua Institute of Technology, where he received his engineering degree, and an advisory board member of FIABCI / Brazil.