Leadership

Meet the names, faces and experiences
that drive our success.

  • Chris Torto | CEO Chris Torto CEO

    Chris is a U.S. citizen permanently residing in Brazil since 1989.He was the founder and CEO of Vivax, the second largest cable TV carrier in Brazil, that he started in 1995.He led Vivax's IPO in 2006 on the Bovespa stock exchange, and the company was later acquired by NET Serviços in 2007.Chris was also the CEO of Voyager Inc., an Internet company that went public in 1999 on the NASDAQ stock exchange (acquired by a U.S. telecom group in 2000).Chris holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Maine and an MBA from Harvard University.

  • Roberto Rio Branco |VP OF MARKETING AND INSTITUTIONAL RELATIONS Roberto Rio Branco VP OF MARKETING AND INSTITUTIONAL RELATIONS

    Roberto has extensive experience in marketing, sales and operations. He worked as Sales Director of Vivax for four years, and previously worked as the COO of cable television company TVA. Roberto also held several management positions at Mesbla, Bank of Boston, and Citibank. Roberto holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Faculdade Moraes Jr/ Mackenzie, with several professional courses in Brazil and abroad. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors of NEOTV (Independent Paid Telecommunication Carriers' Association), as well as Officer and Member of the Board of Directors of TELCOMP (Brazilian Association of Competitive Telecommunication Service Providers).

  • Pablo Campagnac | VP OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Pablo Campagnac VP OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

    Pablo started his career working in the financial markets. He has extensive work experience in both sales and operational activities. In the last 15 years, he participated in Vivax' start-up operation until its acquisition by NET Serviços, in 2007, and was part of Ascenty's start-up efforts. Currently, Pablo manages the sales and sales engineering organization. Pablo holds a bachelor's degree in economics and an MBA from Boston University.

  • André Neris | VP OF FINANCE André Neris VP OF FINANCE

    Neris has over 30 years of experience in Financial, Accounting and Administrative area, working in several domestic and international companies. Neris was for many years Auditor of Coopers and Lybrand and later acted in MSI / Marconi Telecommunications, Cummins Filtration, Symantec Software and BuscaPé. He was the first CFO of Multiplus Fidelidade Capital Stock, carrying out operations such as contracting R$ 600 million in Hedge/Accounting and structuring the company after spin-off with a TAM. Later, Neris was the CFO of Holding Sforza, which controlled the Multi language group (Skil, Yazigi, Microlins, SOS, Wizard). He also worked in Vale Presente and participated in the entire process of selling Pearson British Multi Group in an operation of R$ 1.7 billion. Prior to joining Ascenty, he was Chief Financial Officer of Private Equity 2 + Capital of Grupo Boticário, coordinating the participation of Scalina (Trifill), CIATC (Pizzaria Braz, Piraja, ICI and Lanchonete da Cidade), Frajo Cosméticos and others. André holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting with a post-graduate degree in Business Management from FGV and an extension from the University of California Irvine.

  • Sérgio Abela | DIRECTOR OF DATA CENTER OPERATIONS Sérgio Abela DIRECTOR OF DATA CENTER OPERATIONS

    Abela has worked in the Telecom Infrastructure segment since 1997. He started off working at PROMON, helping implement fixed telephony centers and hubs for Netstream. He also worked in TIVIT’s Data Center startup, where he climbed from Infrastructure Engineer to Senior Infrastructure Executive. He was responsible for managing and operating all of the company’s Data Centers, offices and warehouses.
    Abela has a degree in Civil Engineering from USP’s Escola Politécnica.

  • Rodrigo Radaieski | DIRECTOR OF SERVICES Rodrigo Radaieski DIRECTOR OF SERVICES

    With more than 20 years of experience in the Internet and Data Center market, Radaieski has been active in these segments since they emerged in Brazil. With a solid career as a manager in IT areas focused on providing services, Radaieski presents solid knowledge of the technology market. At Ascenty he is responsible for the Service Delivery teams (Projects, NOC and Smart Hands), Networking and IT.

  • José Carlos M. Queiroz | DIRECTOR OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY José Carlos M. Queiroz DIRECTOR OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY

    José Carlos is an Electrical Engineer with a graduate degree in Occupational Safety Engineering, Project Management and Health Management. His career spans across more than 20 years in technology companies such as Ericsson Telecomunicações and IBM.

    In the latter, he led the Occupational Safety team, providing support to the Business Units in Brazil regarding Occupational Health & Safety, and was part of the Management Leadership Americas Team.

    At Ascenty, José Carlos takes on the Occupational Health & Safety area in all units and countries where the company operates.

  • Vinícus Minetto | SALES DIRECTOR Vinícus Minetto SALES DIRECTOR

    Vinícius has extensive experience in the Data Center and Telecommunications market, where he has worked for over 15 years. He has held positions at major players in the Brazilian market, and joined Ascenty in 2012 to strengthen the sales team. He has an undergraduate and a graduate degree from FATEC with an MBA in Sales Management from FGV (Getúlio Vargas Foundation). At Ascenty, he is responsible for the Sales, Solutions Architecture, and Products teams.

  • Fabio Trimarco |DIRECTOR OF COMPLIANCE AND QUALITY Fabio Trimarco DIRECTOR OF COMPLIANCE AND QUALITY

    Fábio has a BS in Computer Science, an MBA in IT Governance, and an undergraduate extension in Business Compliance from PUC. The executive has a background in IT, with extensive experience in various sectors, in multinational companies such as General Motors, EDSHP Enterprise and PromonLogicalis.

    He spearheads the Compliance and Quality area, focusing on ethics, conduct, as well as Quality, implementing and managing standards and certifications such as such as ISOs 9001 quality management, 14001 environmental management, 20000-1 IT service management, 27001\27701 information security management, 37001\37301 anti-bribery management, 45001 occupational health and safety management, 50001 energy management, PCI DSS, SOC, UPTIME TIER III, and TÜV TR3 (TIA942).

  • Pedro  Gutiérrez | EXECUTIVE MANAGER, LATAM Pedro Gutiérrez EXECUTIVE MANAGER, LATAM

    Pedro has an undergraduate degree in Civil Electrical Engineering, and a graduate degree in Energy Engineering. He has been in the telecom infrastructure industry for 20 years and joined Ascenty in 2019. He currently supports the Data Center operations management.

    He has led operation and maintenance teams at a Data Center in Chile, as well as performing improvements for facility certification.

  • Marcos Alves  | EXECUTIVE MANAGER, DATA CENTER OPERATIONS Marcos Alves EXECUTIVE MANAGER, DATA CENTER OPERATIONS

    Marcos has 17 years’ experience in the Data Center market, and has worked for companies such as Impsat, where he operated Data Centers, and TIVIT, where he spent 14 years and rose to Senior Infrastructure Executive. He was responsible for Cabling Operation, Asset Management, Hardware Support and all expansions of the company’s Data Centers, offices and warehouses.

    He has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Mauá Engineering School and an MBA in Business Management from FIA. At Ascenty since 2021, he works in the operational management of Data Centers.

  • Ana Letícia Caressato   | EXECUTIVE MANAGER, HUMAN RESOURCES Ana Letícia Caressato EXECUTIVE MANAGER, HUMAN RESOURCES

    Ana Letícia has an undergraduate degree in Psychology, an MBA in People Management, and a graduate degree in Organizational Coaching. She has worked in HR for over 15 years, for companies in the agribusiness and pharmaceutical segments. She is completing 10 years at Ascenty.

    Her varied responsibilities include all HR subsystems such as: training and development, recruitment and selection, payroll, and strategic organizational issues.

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  • Gilson Granzier | VP OF ADMINISTRATION Gilson Granzier VP OF ADMINISTRATION

    Gilson has extensive experience in the financial, administrative, human resources and IT areas. For the last 20 years, he has been ahead of the Administrative and Financial Management of important companies, such as Cumberland, subsidiary of the GSI Group, Inc - global leader in the poultry farming, pig farming, and grain drying and storage equipment segment -, where he played a key role in implementing the group's Brazilian unit and coordinating a major acquisition within the segment, followed by Vivax SA, a broadband Internet and cable TV company controlled by Great Hill Partners, where he was involved in the 1999 startup process and led the Canbras acquisition process, the IPO process in 2006, and the sale to NET in 2007.He also led the IPO of Nutriplant SA, a company in the chemical industry, as well as the divestment process of Buscapé, a price comparison website also controlled by Great Hill Partners, in 2009.He has worked at Ascenty since the operational start-up in 2010.He has degree in business administrator with specialization in finance and strategic business management.

  • Felipe Caballero | VP OF DC DESIGN, ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION Felipe Caballero VP OF DC DESIGN, ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION

    Felipe has worked in the data center sector since 1997. He participated in the design and development of several important Data Center projects from inception to deployment. Felipe has been responsible for large Data Center infrastructure operations, managing all critical environment maintenance and operating routines. Felipe graduated from the ORT university in his home country, Uruguay.

  • Marcos Siqueira | VP OF OPERATIONS Marcos Siqueira VP OF OPERATIONS

    Marcos has extensive experience in Data Center and Telecom segments. Marcos joined Ascenty in 2012 and has held various management positions in his ten years at the company. Prior to Ascenty and for 10 years, he worked in various management level positions at Level 3 in Sao Paulo. Marcos has experience in operations, product development, pre-sales and after-sales Teams. Marcos graduated from FIAP and has an Executive Master Business Administration from INSPER.

  • Martin Antunez | VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT LATAM Martin Antunez VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT LATAM

    Martin holds over 20 years of experience in the technology/telecommunications industry and holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago among other industry certifications and recognitions.
    Previously, with Digital Realty, Martin participated in the design, construction, commissioning, operation and sales process of over 200 MW of UPS capacity on over 90 data center projects throughout the United States, Madrid and Mexico City. In these projects Martin participated and observed the credential certifications such as; LEED Platinum & Gold, UPTIME TIER III & IV, and ICREA IV.
    In addition, Martin as the VP of Sales for HEIT Consulting lead a team that designed and delivered VoIP, Security and Compliance solutions for the financial services industry. Martin was also a senior manager in several organizations within SBC Communications (prior to AT&T merger) leading technical sale teams delivering complex WAN/LAN solutions to Fortune 500 and Enterprise customers in Silicon Valley.

  • Alexandre Demarchi | ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION DIRECTOR Alexandre Demarchi ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION DIRECTOR

    Alexandre has over 20 years of experience in the implementation of large projects and works, working directly in Telecommunications Infrastructure and Electrical Engineering. Prior to starting his activities at Ascenty, he worked for 10 years as a team leader of engineers and designers for major industrial projects such as refineries, petrochemical hubs and oil refining and storage platforms (FPSO) for Petrobrás and mining plants for Vale. Alexandre is Electrical Engineer with specialization in Electronics and Electrotechnology from the Paulista University and the Polytechnic School of USP.

  • Marçal Bonke | CONTROLLER Marçal Bonke CONTROLLER

    Marçal has 35 years of experience in Accounting and Finance, working in all levels and especially leadership positions in Corporate Controller, Business Controller, Financial and Strategic Planning, Financial Operations, and team training. He worked for multinational corporations such as Alcoa, Monsanto, Motorola and Diebold Nixdorf.

    Marçal participated in the Motorola International Finance Leadership Training Program through multifunctional projects in the fields of Consolidation, Finance for Distribution, and LATAM Sales, Corporate Internal Audit, and Accounting of Manufacturing Costs, throughout 18 months in the U.S.

    He has a degree in Accounting and a graduate degree in the Specialization Course for Undergraduates of Fundação Getúlio Vargas – CEAG-FGV.

  • Fábio Matos | EXECUTIVE MANAGER OF DATA CENTER OPERATIONS Fábio Matos EXECUTIVE MANAGER OF DATA CENTER OPERATIONS

    Electrical engineer with a degree from Universidade Paulista and 20 years of experience in the electrical and automation industry. Matos has been in the Data Center business since 2008, helping operate and expand IBM’s Data Center in Hortolândia along with the company Manserv, leading critical operations and maintenance teams and supporting critical system deployment activities.
    He joined Ascenty in 2013 to spearhead operations at the Data Center in Jundiaí – Ascenty’s first in high density – and currently manages the operations of all of the company’s Data Centers.

  • Eduardo A. Pereira  | EXECUTIVE ENGINEERING MANAGER Eduardo A. Pereira EXECUTIVE ENGINEERING MANAGER

    Eduardo has worked in the Telecommunication Infrastructure segment since 2001. He started his career at Canbras/TVA (Vivax/Net Serviços) with experience in all technical areas, from projects, construction and operation of networks. He also experienced the massification of fiber-optic networks for last-mile contracts in landline carriers and backhaul for mobile carriers.

    He has been working at Ascenty since its start-up and has been in Management since 2017.
    Eduardo is a civil engineer graduated from Unip and he is now responsible for Ascenty’s Network Planning, Special Projects, Backbone and Regulatory areas.

  • João Walter  | EXECUTIVE  MANAGER OF PRODUCTS  SERVICES João Walter EXECUTIVE MANAGER OF PRODUCTS SERVICES

    João has more than 15 years of experience in the Data Center and Telecommunication market, working in major corporations of the industry. He joined Ascenty in 2013 to bolster the Solutions Architecture Team. The executive took on new challenges over the years and currently leads the Solutions Architecture and Products teams.

  • Arturo Wheeler | REGIONAL DATA CENTER DIRECTOR Arturo Wheeler REGIONAL DATA CENTER DIRECTOR

    Arturo has over 30 years’ experience leading highly effective teams in mission-critical IT functions in globalized environments for Mexico and Latin America. He developed his career mainly in the financial sector with Citibank, where he was responsible for several operation and engineering functions in Telecommunications and Data Centers. The executive was also part of Americas regional leadership teams for the bank, where he was responsible for establishing operating models and local, regional, and global team transitions through which operational efficiencies, service improvements, and cost reductions were achieved.

    Arturo joined Ascenty in late 2021 as Regional Director for Mexico in order to strategically direct, plan and oversee Ascenty’s operation and expansion in the country.

  • Jéssica Braga | EXECUTIVE MARKETING MANAGER Jéssica Braga EXECUTIVE MARKETING MANAGER

    Jéssica has over 15 years’ experience working in marketing and communication roles for large companies. She was responsible for leading the entire process of positioning Ascenty in the market, from its entry as a startup to today as a leader in the segment.

    She has an undergraduate degree in Social Communication, and a graduate degree and an MBA in marketing from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV).

  • Adriana Castelli  | EXECUTIVE FINANCIAL, MARKETING Adriana Castelli EXECUTIVE FINANCIAL, MARKETING

    Adriana has 30 years’ experience in Accounting, Financial Planning and Treasury. She has worked for large groups such as Vicunha, DuPont, and Vivax SA, a cable TV and broadband internet provider, where she worked for 8 years from the company’s inception to its IPO.
    At Ascenty, she has worked in LATAM Treasury management since 2011, focusing on cash flow management, financing and derivative operations.
    She holds a degree in Accounting with specialization in Corporate Finance from Fundação Getúlio Vargas.

  • Gustavo Sousa   | CFO Gustavo Sousa CFO

    Gustavo has held executive positions at large Brazilian companies, such as CEO and CFO/DRI at Cielo,  

    CFO/DRI at Klabin, CEO and CFO/DRI at CPFL Renováveis, Controller, Treasury, Investor Relations and Tax Officer at Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional and Controllership Officer at Banco do Brasil. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, a Master’s degree in Economic Business Management from the University of Brasília, an MBA in Financial Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas and a degree in Business Administration from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte.

    At Ascenty, he has been CFO since August 2022.

  • Rodrigo Hunnicutt    | EXECUTIVE MANAGER, CONSTRUTION Rodrigo Hunnicutt EXECUTIVE MANAGER, CONSTRUTION

    Rodrigo has worked at Ascenty since 2018, and helped deploy the first “Built to Suit” data center infrastructure projects built on Ascenty’s own land.

    He oversaw construction of several data centers in Brazil and Mexico. He has extensive experience in project design, planning, management, and construction. He earned a degree in Architecture in 1991 and has an MBA in “Technology and Management in Building Production” from USP Politécnica.

  • José Roberto  | EXECUTIVE LOGISTICS MANAGER José Roberto EXECUTIVE LOGISTICS MANAGER

    José Roberto has extensive experience in administration and logistics. For 20 years, he was in charge of logistics management at Goodyear Brazil, integrating the management team responsible for the storage and shipping of all domestic and international production.

    He then took over as head of the administrative and logistics units at Vivax, a cable TV and broadband internet provider, since the company’s start-up.

    At Ascenty, he has been in charge of the logistics and administrative units since the company’s inception.

    José Roberto has an undergraduate in business administration and a graduate degree in business management from Centro Salesiano Universitário de São Paulo (UNISAL).

  • Stéfano Barbosa   | EXECUTIVE FP&A MANAGER Stéfano Barbosa EXECUTIVE FP&A MANAGER

    Stéfano has 10 years’ experience in accounting, finance and planning. He has an undergraduate in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Texas Christian University and a graduate degree in Business Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas.

    He began his career at Ernst & Young auditing domestic and publicly traded companies. After some time, he turned his focus to the FP&A area at Kemin, a U.S. company with operations in more than 90 countries, where he was responsible for South American companies over a period of 2 years.

    He started in theFP&A unit at Ascenty in 2018 and partook in the company’s growth and expansion in recent years.

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