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Board of Directors

Antonio Bonchristiano:
Mr. Bonchristiano is a member of the board and CEO of GP Investments. He joined GP Investments in 1993 and has been a Managing Director since 1995. Prior to joining GP Investments, Mr. Bonchristiano was a Partner at Johnston Associates Inc., a finance consultancy based in London, and worked for Salomon Brothers Inc. in London and New York. Currently, he serves as a member of the boards of directors of AMBEV, Lupatech, San Antonio International, BRZ Investimentos, GP Advisors, and Spice. Mr. Bonchristiano is also on the board of several non-profit organizations, including: Fundação Bienal and Fundação Estudar in São Paulo, Brazil and John Carter Brown Library in Providence, RI, USA. Previously, he served as a member of the boards of directors of Allis, BHG, Estácio, BR Properties, LAHotels, Sé Supermercados, ALL, Kuala, CEMAR, ABC Supermercados, Gafisa, Hopi Hari, Submarino, Equatorial, Geodex Commumication, Trio Assessoria (holding Sascar), BR Malls, Tempo, Magnesita Refratários, and Playcenter. He was also previously the Chief Financial Officer of SuperMar Supermercados and Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Submarino. He was further vice-chairman of the board of directors of BR Properties, director of Geodex Communication, Contax Participações and IRO of ABC Supermarkets and GP Investments, Ltd.. Mr. Bonchristiano holds a bachelor’s degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Fersen Lambranho:
Mr. Lambranho is a member of the board and Chairman of GP Investments. He joined the firm in 1998 and became a managing director in 1999. Prior to joining GP, Mr. Lambranho was CEO of Lojas Americanas, where he worked for 12 years and was a board member from 1998 to 2003. Currently, he is Chairman of the Board of Magnesita and LBR. He has served as chairman of the boards of Oi, Contax, Gafisa and ABC Supermercados. Mr. Lambranho serves on the boards of Centauro, BHG, BRZ Investimentos and GP Advisors. He previously served on the board of BRMalls, San Antonio, Estácio, Allis, Tele Norte Leste Participações, São Carlos Empreendimentos e Participações, Playcenter, Shoptime, Farmasa, BR Properties and Americanas.com. He is a board member of several non-profit entities, such as Fundação Bienal de São Paulo e COPPEAD-UFRJ. Mr. Lambranho holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and a Msc degree in business administration from COPPEAD-UFRJ. He also completed the Owner President Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

Alvaro Lopes:
Mr. Lopes joined GP Investments in May 2012 as chief financial and investor relations officer. He serves as a member of the board of directors of GP Advisors and Spice. Mr. Lopes previously served as CFO of Genesis Investments and as an advisor to Bac Florida Bank. He was also the CEO of Mercure Investments, senior vice-president of Prudential /Wachovia Securities and CEO, COO and EVP of Banco Bozano, Simonsen SA and its affiliates. Mr. Lopes holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Faculdade de Ciências Políticas e Econômicas do Rio de Janeiro and an MBA from COPPEAD-UFRJ.

Mara Elisa Pedretti de Sousa:
Ms. Pedretti joined GP in 1997 as a trainee and since 2001 has been head of the firm’s legal department, becoming a managing director in August 2008. She serves on the board of GP Advisors. Ms. Pedretti holds a bachelors’ degree in law (J.D), a post- graduate degree in corporate law from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, and an MBA in financial and capital markets from IBMEC (the Brazilian Capital Markets Institute).