17-18 JUNE 2024 / NEW YORK MARRIOTT MARQUIS / NEW YORK, N.Y., USA

GUSTAVO WERNECK
Chief Executive Officer, Gerdau

Gustavo Werneck has been chief executive officer (CEO) of Gerdau since 2018 and a member of its board of directors since 2019. Previously, he was head of Gerdau Aços Brasil, the company's flagship business in Brazil. He has been with the company since 2004, having held diverse strategic positions, such as chief information officer (CIO), industrial director at Gerdau India and industrial director at Gerdau Aços Especiais. Werneck has a mechanical engineering degree from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), master’s of business administration in project management from the Fundação Getúlio Vargas and in business management from INSPER, and has completed programs on Leading Change and Organizational Renewal at the Harvard Business School and Advanced Corporate Finance at the London Business School. He was the chairman of the Latin American Steel Association (Alacero) for 2022–2023. He is also a member of Brazil Steel Institute, Juntos Somos + and the American Chamber of Commerce, and director emeritus of the global movement Capitalismo Consciente. Werneck is also the coordinator of Grupo Impacto and CEO’s Legacy and adviser of the Women Corporate Directors Foundation. He was elected four times “valued executive” in the Steel, Mining and Metallurgy category by the Valor Econômico newspaper (2020–2023) and one of the 10 CEOs who best communicate with journalists by Negócios da Comunicação magazine and by CECOM (Communication Studies Center). He recently signed one more pact on diversity and inclusion pact — the Racial Equity Pact — drafted by 140 supporters, including CEOs.