Gustavo Pierini

Managing Director, Gradus Management Consultants


Latin America



Mr. Pierini is President and Founder of Gradus Management Consultants, headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil. Gradus was established in 1996 to assist the owners of GP Investments—the largest private equity fund in Brazil at the time—in the turnaround of acquired companies and the efficiency improvement programs of portfolio companies. During this collaboration period of more than 15 years, Gradus developed proprietary methodologies to improve productivity that are now implemented in more than 120 companies, both in Brazil and abroad.
Lately, these original methodologies garnered extensive press coverage given the significant impact they had on the portfolio of 3G Capital (e.g., Anheuser-Busch InBev SABMiller, Burger King, Heinz and Kraft), which is the investment company founded by the former owners of GP Investments.
Mr. Pierini received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees summa cum laude in Naval, Mechanical and Systems Engineering from the University of Buenos Aires. After earning a Master of Science in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was awarded the Henry Ford II Scholarship on the basis of unusual academic achievements and professional promise, Mr. Pierini joined McKinsey & Co., where he became a partner. He worked at the firm’s Boston, Lisbon, Madrid and São Paulo offices.

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